It was heartbreaking to leave 'Ant-Man': Edgar Wright

Jun 28, 2017, 01:19
It was heartbreaking to leave 'Ant-Man': Edgar Wright

Cornelius. The Rolling Stones. And, notably, so was Simon and Garfunkel's classic album "Bridge Over Troubled Water". It comes in the form of diner watiress Debora (Lily James), who takes a shine to Baby - and vice versa.

British filmmaker Edgar Wright has always imbued his films with specific, idiosyncratic, and florid sensibilities, but his latest effort - the action comedy Baby Driver - is his most assured and intricately constructed work to date. It's one of a couple of things that I'm developing.

The film's story focuses on Baby, a child prodigy vehicle thief. In essence, it's The Driver mixed with the fizzy, amped-up tone of Wright's adaptation of Scott Pilgrim. Much of the explosive gun fighting and screeching tyres are synced perfectly to the backing tracks - it's essentially like watching a lengthy music video, except think more Pulp Fiction than Suicide Squad.

Baby Driver drives into U.S. theaters on June 28.

"Musical theater was the real deal", Elgort says, "but I really did get into the power of the stillness in a drama".

A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game.

Quentin Tarantino. And also Ron Howard, who started his career making vehicle movies, Grand Theft Auto. Each major sequence in Baby Driver has a distinct sense of choreography to match the disparate styles of the soundtrack's songs, which range from the Damned's caterwauling punk to the anthemic roar of Golden Earring's "Radar Love". "I loved all that graffiti and stuff".

Wright's idea underwent many iterations.

"It's something about trying to assign order to life by soundtracking your every move", said Wright. "That was a insane stunt", said Elgort. "Or in "Hocus Pocus" by Focus, eventually the gunfire is in time with the guitars". We had a blast, a great time shooting in Atlanta. As soon as you put him into a scene with Jon Hamm or Kevin Spacey or Jamie Foxx, you would ask the same question they would: "What's the deal with the kid with the headphones and sunglasses?"

Talking about his favourite albums most likely gives him a brief respite from the intense Baby Driver press tour he's now on. I know you have like six of them. I've never seen anything like it, and the constantly reinventing Wright probably won't make another film like this.

To make it even clearer, the original script was distributed on an iPad that had little icons that the reader could click to hear the song that would be playing at that point in the movie.

Although the film has occasionally been described as a musical (it isn't), "musical" doesn't need to mean lightweight. Still, it shows that Wright cares enough about his main characters to see their story through, rather than to cheapen the whole affair with a flashy yet hollow ending. I'm glad we only had to do two days of filming there. James Gunn, for one, seems to thrive on the collaboration process; he'll be the first Marvel director to helm an entire trilogy with Guardians of the Galaxy.

And those chases are unquestionably great, as is Wright's taste in music. "Suddenly becoming a director-for-hire on it, you're sort of less emotionally invested and you start to wonder why you're there, really". The "Fault in Our Stars" actor never worries about how much he'll get paid on a movie, so long as he's connected with the material. Ever since then, he's become obsessed with cars - stealing cars and driving cars.

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