Baby Driver trailer

The best thing about Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver is that it feels familiar and unique at the same time, a thorough blend of the old and the new. On one hand, it’s constructed out of the building blocks seen in classic crime, heist and car chase movies – it feels like an old friend. But on the other, it energizes those familiar pieces with a style and delivery that is unlike anything else hitting theaters this year – no one breaks into song, but this is pretty much a musical.

I don’t think a trailer can properly sell what makes this one special and why you should go out of your way to see it this summer, but new Baby Driver trailer is here for you to watch anyway.

On paper, you’ve seen Baby Driver before: a talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) decides to leave his life of crime behind after “one last job,” but gets pulled back in by a wily criminal mastermind (Kevin Spacey). Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, and Eiza González are on hand as his fellow crooks. Lily James is the love interest who gets sucked into it all.

But this familiar tale is powered entirely by music, driving forward to a dense soundtrack that informs every single scene in the movie.

While no one breaks into song in Baby Driver, Elgort’s character is never without an iPod and he does his best work to his music. This means everything from car chases to shootouts to a group of people meeting for coffee is choreographed to the tunes blasting in his ears. You’ll need to see this one in the loudest theater you can possibly find to get the full experience.Baby Driver premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, where it took home an audience award. I reviewed the film after its premiere, writing:

Baby Driver is a different beast than Wright’s previous movies, not quite the cultural fantasia of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and not quite the kinetic comedy of his “Cornetto trilogy.” Although infused with his familiar energy, it’s in love with films like Sharky’s MachineBullitHeat, and Point Break and perfectly happy to be a member of that club rather than a parody or a deconstruction. The cinematic grammar on display is knowing, aware of the genre, but the story and the characters feel as if they strolled straight out of an undiscovered Walter Hill classic. So much of Baby Driver is, by design, wholly familiar, a knowing pastiche of the classic car chase movie…albeit one given the pulse of a Busby Berkeley musical.

The enthusiastic response convinced Sony to push up its release date from August to June 28, a display of confidence that I truly hope audiences reward. People have a bad habit of realizing they love Edgar Wright movies long after they’ve left theaters. It’s about time one of the world’s most exciting (and crowd-pleasing) filmmakers has a proper box office hit.

 

 

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