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Wright knew the scene was pivotal to Baby's development because it showcased his reliance on music in even the most dire situations. It's a masterful bit of storytelling and direction. And these sound effects are used with precision accuracy in this movie.

When Wright first started fanatically listening to the lead track off the band's "Orange" album in 1995, the British writer-director had a vision that has culminated, more than two decades later, with his new film, "Baby Driver".

"Baby Driver" follows Baby, a young, skilled getaway driver played by Ansel Elgort serving kingpin Doc (Kevin Spacey), and his cronies Buddy (Jon Hamm), Darling (Eiza González) and Bats (Jamie Foxx). Their relationship is a tenuous, but warm and cautiously respectful one. He has tinnitus in his ears from the vehicle accident his parents died in when he was a child, so he constantly has his headphones in to drown it out.

"I knew how to drive already but I had to learn stunt driving". Baby gets to the point where he has squared the debt with Doc, and he wants to run away and forge a relationship with Debora (Lily James), a waitress that he's sweet on.

Those are all quibbles when stacked up against Baby Driver gets right.

What initially attracted you to Baby Driver? It's an elaborate dance film disguised as a violent, tough talking thrill ride, and absolutely no one has ever attempted anything quite like this. There was a lot of time [in the audition] playing around because with this kind of character, you're kind of building [him].

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With four movies in the past 13 years, Wright has established himself as a director whose name brings film fans into theaters. I started to imagine this auto chase that was set to that song.

"Our choreographer, Ryan Henson, was on set every day", says Wright, who explains that sometimes they would blare music for everybody while other times it would be played in earbuds for him and some of the actors. Considering Baby's talents behind the wheel, the film takes its cues from its main character and makes sure that everything unfolding does so with laser precision. "Sometimes the choreography is more obvious and sometimes it's subtle but it's always sort of there". They compliment and clash with each other in seamless ways.

"I didn't get to meet any real getaway drivers, but we did meet up with someone who robbed, like, 15 separate banks".

Hollywood funnyman Jamie Foxx is showing no signs of slowing down. Everything came together really well. Over the course of our lunch in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood, where he now lives, the actor is nothing if not expressive-gesticulating, putting on voices, and telling stories about his sister's Argentinian Spanish teacher and expensive steak dinners with friends that ultimately have nothing to do with his craft or "Baby Driver", but that amplify how easy he is in no-fuss charm and conversation. Once again teaming up with one of his best collaborators in cinematographer Bill Pope, Wright mounts an action picture that stays in fluid, brightly coloured motion instead of utilizing the murky tones, neon lights, and fast paced edits that have been all the rage since the late 90s.

"That's when we did the stunt with the vehicle that drove up the wall". Wright also does all of this without making a film that comes across as too exhausting to watch a couple of times. As the lights went down I crossed my fingers that this would be the film to buck that trend, and I'm happy to report that it most certainly is.

The tunes in "Baby Driver" aren't all headbangers, though. We've seen films driven by soundtracks in the last couple of years with standouts like James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, as well as, the decorated La La Land by Damien Chazelle.

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