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It’s simple. Go see this movie now.

Now not an original idea, not by a long shot, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is a breath of fresh air. Now this is what summer movies are supposed to be. Tense, fun, loud, thrilling, funny, sexy and well crafted.

The premise is simple, Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a getaway driver for a crime boss named Doc (Kevin Spacey).  After what is supposed to be his last job, he falls in love with a diner waitress (Lily James) and promises her a life of adventure on the open road. But in true movie fashion, Baby gets roped in driving in another job and it all goes downhill from there.

Like I said, been there, done that, but Wright takes this tired genre and flips it on it’s head by inducing it with such vitality that we don’t care about cliches. The car chases are a marvel to behold. Now I don’t know if computers had any thing to do with this but if they did I couldn’t tell. Everything looks so real. There are shots that put the 250 million budgeted Fast and Furious movies to shame. The soundtrack is killer, from Jon Spencer, The Commodores and Queen, the melding of pop songs to images remind me of a film by a young Martin Scorsese.

The cast is fantastic. Elgort, Spacey and James are great but it’s the rag tag group of bank robbers that make this film pop.  Jon Hamm, miles away from Mad Man, plays a love sick bank robber named Buddy, who can go from brotherly to deadly in a matter of seconds.  The beautiful Eiza Gonzales is the sexy and vicious Darling, Buddy’s main squeeze. And Jamie Foxx plays Batts,  the mentally unstable one, who has everyone looking over their shoulders.

This is something to seek out. This is one of the best films of a the year.

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