Is 'Baby Driver' A Musical? It's Unlike Anything You've Seen On Broadway

Edgar Wright Reveals His Reason For Not Directing 'Ant-Man'

Adrien Brody, Anne Hathaway, and Rosario Dawson were among the team of A-listers who found their seats inside the theater set to a pre-show medley of hits with the word baby in the title-"Don't Worry Baby" by The Beach Boys, "Baby" by Os Mutantes-all of which had been curated by writer-director Wright. In a recent interview with Uproxx, Wright explained why he has no desire to see the film he was originally due to direct. Baby coordinates his driving to songs he plays on his iPod. By the time Baby decides he wants to escape from his life of crime - and, what's more, that he wants to help a pretty young diner waitress (Lily James) escape from hers, too - it's impossible not to be all in, going along for the ride.

Baby Driver also stars Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza González, Jamie Foxx and Flea as various crazed bank robbers; and there are a couple of fun guest cameos to be seen as well.

Baby Driver is out in cinemas in the United Kingdom on 28 June. Now that you know the plot, you can look for everything else. Did you invite him? By the picture's midpoint, the songs themselves are getting giggles of recognition, from an audience appreciating the wit of the right needle drop at the right moment (even when it's a counterintuitive one, like the way Wright uses love scene mainstay Barry White for what is indisputably not a love scene).

But you're not watching "Baby Driver" for the story; you're watching to see the relish with which the cast dives into Wright's pool (just listen to what Spacey, in his usual robo-evil fashion, can do with the line "I just drew a whole goddamn map in chalk") and the way the film marries sight and sound. Now Baby lives a life illustrated with songs, which isn't the same as being guided by voices. Writer/Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) has entertainingly proven me wrong. An awesome sound designer Julian Slater, but also in collaboration with my editors as well. "I've also asked Ansel if he could bless us with a track". I've been the main guy in a film before, where I'm in every scene, but this is a big action film.




But the real strength of the movie lies in the music and action choreography. From the sound editing that has nearly every movement and gunshot in sync to the music, to the meticulous song choices (tracks by The Beach Boys, Beck, T. Rex, and The Commodores are just a few featured), Wright has made a movie that showcases his incredible moviemaking talents and should be instantly included in the conversation with the best vehicle chase/heist movies of all time.

I guess so. I think it's that thing of like... When I first started writing it 10 years ago, that was literally the first thing I did. I know, it's tough.

I have no idea if that's how tinnitus actually works but it seems plausible, at least when Spacey says it.

Is it like doing an opera with a prerecorded soundtrack? Wright enlivens things by making it feel like one continuous shot, as Elgort/Baby sidesteps other pedestrians, spins around lightpoles and bounces to the beat, but something about it rings false. "He said it's like an opera".

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