Baby (Elgort) is a young man with driving skills so incredibly precise he is able to manoeuvre himself out of situations in ways most of us would never dream of. And he does this all in time to an impossibly cool, retro soundtrack.
Cool retro soundtracks seem to be quite the thing lately, huh? But back to the movie….
Naturally, Baby’s particular set of skills are utilised to full advantage by local crime boss Doc (Spacey) who organises major robberies with various crews. The common thread is always Baby as Doc never uses the exact same crew twice.
It turns out that Baby is indebted to Doc and is one job shy of being free and out of the game. Baby does this last job and he is done.
When he is not being a getaway driver, Baby takes care of his aging foster father Joseph (Jones) and meets the girl of his dreams Deborah (James). The he gets the call from Doc.
One last job.
No Baby no. Noooooooooo. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
But he does it *big dramatic sigh* And massive plot twist, things do not go as planned. Baby is now in very, very big trouble that he cannot drive his way out of.
This movie is just so cool. SO cool! It is new and fun and vibrant and clever and has a stellar support cast! The bad guys are just bad enough but each character is so engaging that you cannot help but be fascinated by their stories as they slowly unfold. Foxx in particular brings a menacing unpredictability to his character Bats who seems perpetually just this side of going psycho on them all.
Baby’s life story is so full of sadness and his new romance with the perky Deborah is just so gorgeously sweet that his role in these crimes is easy to forgive. You are really hoping this kid gets out of his terrible situation and runs away in a car he can’t afford with a plan he doesn’t have.
4 ½ stars
Director : Edgar Wright
Starring : Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, CJ Jones, Flea, Lanny Loon, Jamie Foxx
Running Time : 112 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now
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