Moving to Baby’s Beat

Writer/director Edgar Wright and actor Ansel Elgort discuss the musically infused, high-octane heist film, Baby Driver

To quote the film’s opening song “Bellbottoms” by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: “Ladies and gentlemen, right now I got to tell you about the fabulous, most groovy” film of the summer—Baby Driver. Written and directed by Edgar Wright (of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy), Baby Driver is a thrilling action movie that’s uniquely in step with the music being listened to by talented getaway driver, aka “young Mozart in a go-cart,” Baby, played by actor Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars).

In the film, Baby, who following an ill-fated car crash that resulted in tinnitus or “a hum in the drum,” as charismatically explained by his boss Doc (Kevin Spacey), is constantly plugged into his rotating iPod collection to drown out the noise. Driving to settle a debt with Doc, Baby is teamed up with gun-toting pros Buddy (Jon Hamm), Darling (Eiza Gonzalez) and Bats (Jamie Foxx) to help pull off a string of audacious daytime heists. “Driven by the music,” the unabashedly genre-crossing Baby Driver makes for quite the action-packed cinematic experience. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with both Wright and Elgort during their recent press stop in San Francisco to discuss the film and its noteworthy musicality.

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