by Benjamín Harguindey
Alright, so it’s only been 4 years since The World’s End (2013) but after the prolonged will-they-or-won’t-they that was Edgar Wright’s involvement with Marvel’s Ant-Man (2015) it’s nice to see him back in the director’s chair and toting a comedy unmistakably bearing his signature.
Saturday saw the release of the trailer for Baby Driver (2017), written and directed by Wright apparently very much in the action-packed vein of Hot Fuzz (2007). Wright regulars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are nowhere to be seen though, in their stead a AAA Hollywood lineup that includes Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, Eliza González, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey.
Elgort plays Baby, a getaway driver being manipulated by Kevin Spacey – because who isn’t – into one last heist with a criminal crew led by Jon Hamm. Elgort falls for the waitress played by Lily James and conflict ensues, featuring much backstabbing. Think of the movie Drive (2011), if Drive had been less a Nicolas Winding Refn film and more Edgar Wright’s.
Wright is known to throw curveballs – especially with his so-called ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ – and have his movies suddenly turn 180° and into the realm of the unexpected (not to say outlandish). Baby Driver sure looks fairly generic, running on the one joke about Baby’s name and appearance, but who’s to say where will the plot swing to. If nothing else, we’re bound for another sojourn into Wright’s delicious realm of quick-cutting visual comedy and deadpan silliness.
Baby Driver premieres August 11.
Benjamín Harguindey / Managing Editor, Writer (Mar del Plata, Argentina – 1989) Screenwriter graduated from Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires. Benja’s worked for EscribiendoCine as a film critic since 2010, covering the Biarritz, San Sebastián and Venice festivals. He judged the CILECT Prize and won several writing & criticism contests. He’s published one novel, Noches de Tartaria (2006).