Baby Driver certainly doesn’t scream out “vehicular violence perfectly choreographed to music,” and doesn’t feature a baby that drives cars. That’s probably why people love it so much and want to call it Wright’s best film — something the rest of us normal folk will just have to wait and find out. Luckily, we have two trailers to tide us over and give us a taste until then.
Ansel Elgort stars as Baby, the getaway driver that works to his own beat and is pretty damn good at it, with Lily James as his waitress love interest, Kevin Spacey as the crime boss, and a few other famous faces — Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Flea, and Jon Bernthal– tossed in for good measure.
The regular and international trailers for Baby Driver are practically like night and day if you watch them back to back. Both capture the pulse-pounding stunts being described by reviewers across the internet, but the latter seems to have more of the spirit involved. It definitely has the better soundtrack and seems to lend itself to what Wright is going for in this filmaccording to Slash Film:
“I always wanted to do an action movie that was powered by music. It’s something that’s very much a part of my previous films and I thought of this idea of how to take that a stage further by having a character who listens to music the entire time. So, you have this young getaway driver who has to soundtrack his entire existence, particularly the bank robberies and fast getaways that come afterwards.”
As Vanity Fair’s Joanna Robinson points out, Wright apparently blew his opening to this film with this video for “Blue Song” by Mint Royale — featuring Nick Frost and Mighty Boosh creators Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. But you also see the influences throughout his other films too, always hopping at an opportunity to get creative with music on film.
The film won’t hit theaters until August 11th, so enjoy the trailers until then.