Baby Driver could be described as an action-musical-romantic comedy bonanza.
With the movie taking its title from the 1969 soul tune, ‘Baby Driver’ by Simon and Garfunkel, it’s no surprise the soundtrack is tipped to top music charts.
At the time of writing this, the film’s Spotify playlist already has more than 124,000 followers and counting.
Appearing on The Project last night, the stars of the movie, Ansel Elgort and Lily James, described how important the soundtrack was.
“With this movie the soundtrack is so integral, the whole movie moves with the music… It’s like watching a two-hour music video,” Elgort told the panel.
It’s an apt description considering most of the 30 songs on the soundtrack are heard in their entirety rather than just the brief snippets we’ve become accustomed to in Hollywood productions.
James described how the director, Edgar Wright, used the music as the inspiration for most of the film’s scenes, saying Wright “wrote every single scene to a specific piece of music”.
One song in particular, 'Easy' by the Commodores, was specifically written into the script after Elgort improvised a scene to the track during his auditions.
And who better to star in a movie with such a big focus on music, than a bunch of part-time musicians?
Lead actor Elgort, who plays Baby, is a DJ with eight singles behind him. He’s joined by Foxx, who has proven he can belt out a tune or two, and Flea, the bassist for the band Red Hot Chilli Papers.
As if that wasn’t enough, Wright also employed Ryan Heffington as the movie’s choreographer. Heffington’s resume includes Sia's 'Chandelier' music video and Arcade Fire’s 'We Exist'. In a recent interview about the movie, Heffington describes his favourite scene in the movie in which he makes Elgort ‘dance his ass off’.
There is no doubt the soundtrack provides ample opportunity for that.
Our favourites? Well, it's hard to pick a standout track on the diverse soundtrack, with each melody providing its own bluesy attitude infused beat.
The opening track, ‘Bellbottoms’ is the ultimate ‘strutting down the street’ tune with a powerful guitar riff and gritty electronic dance base. ‘Unsquare Dance’ by The Dave Brubeck Quartet is a departure from our ‘Despacito’ tendencies but will have you nodding your head and tapping your feet the entire train ride home. ‘Chase Me’ is also hard to go by.
So get in your car right now. Connect your Spotify. Drive to the cinema (yes, the cinema) and buy yourself a ticket to see Baby Driver.
This is one you’re going to want to watch in full-blast, all-encompassing surround sound.
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