This is a fun movie to watch. The
sound track is great, and the main character, Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a
tremendously-skilled car driver who owes a debt to a crook, Doc (Kevin
Spacey). Doc sets up heists,
using a different crew each time, but his driver is always Baby, who's not
a violent guy. His parents
were killed in a car wreck when he was a little boy, and he was raised by
a deaf foster Dad, whom he now cares for, in a small apartment somewhere
in the city of Atlanta.
Doc says that after one more job, Baby will have paid off his debt,
but then when that job's over, Doc still wants Baby to be his driver,
because he's so good at it. Baby's
all concentration when he drives. He
suffers from tinnitus, which he contracted after that crash that was fatal
to his parents. He listens to
music in order to drown out the ringing in his ears, but it's more than
that. The music represents a
certain rhythm to him, a beat to follow, a tune to move him, and a riff to
engage him. He feels the
music, and we start feeling it with him (partly because of the cleverly
choreographed score from Writer and Director Edgar Wright).
Baby's not a bad guy, but all this time with the rugged element has
made him long for the open road and a beautiful girl.
Enter Debora (Lily James), a waitress at a diner where his Mother
used to work. Debora has music
within her, as well---she walks into work singing---Baby is drawn to her,
even though he's afraid that his shyness will mean she won't be interested
in him. But she sees something
in him that up to now only his foster Dad saw—-a good heart.
And he wants to be the kind of man she envisions, but circumstances
continue to intervene.
Will our star-crossed lovers ever get a chance to ride away
together into the sunset? Will
the sweet-faced Baby ever rid himself of entanglements with unsavory
elements? And which song will
be “the blast from the past” that makes us want to hop behind the
wheel and just hit the open road in cadence to its alluring siren call?