'Baby Driver' - Movie Review

I mixed up the two Wrights, Edgar and Joe, who have radically different histories as directors. Joe: "Pride & Prejudice," "Atonement," "Hanna," "Darkest Hour." Edgar: "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," "The World's End." This is directed by the latter - the guy behind the trilogy of movies with Simon Pegg. So an odd choice to direct an action movie - and we get an odd action movie.

Ansel Elgort plays "Baby," who jacked the wrong car in his youth and is still paying off his debt to mob boss Kevin Spacey. He doesn't talk much, and always listens to music when he drives. But he drives very well. He's met the perfect girl and he's out from under the mob boss's thumb - or so he thinks. But there's another job in his future, and it may end him.

Elgort surprised me: he's handsome - but also acting quite well. Jamie Foxx is passable - but I didn't think totally convincing as a psychopath who will happily kill anyone. Lily James is still coasting on charm - I hope she learns to act soon. The most interesting was Jon Hamm, who was disturbingly convincing as a battered and vicious criminal - he's been building himself quite a career, proving recently he can do just about anything he wants.

The movie itself though ... it takes some weird twists at the end that were a long way from convincing, and ultimately I wasn't a fan.