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How Baby Driver uses its soundtrack to tell its story

Screenshot: YouTube
Screenshot: YouTube

Few movies in the past couple years have gotten more mileage out of their soundtracks than Baby Driver, which chronicles a music-obsessed getaway driver’s struggle to break free of the crime game. The film starts with a one-two punch of a getaway scene followed by a classic musical prance through town, all majestically choreographed and edited to sync up perfectly with their backing tracks. This sets a tone that the rest of the movie follows, matching the rhythms of its soundtrack to the action on screen. Some of the edits in those scenes will be pored over by film buffs for years to come, but a new video from Ryan Hollinger explores how the music simultaneously develops the film’s themes, as well as the character arc of Baby himself. (Yes, if you haven’t seen the movie, the main character is just named Baby.)

The action-packed movie comes across as a little light on traditional plot, but it imbues a lot of emotion in its characters thanks in part to its smart use of music. This makes a lot of sense—few things can change a person’s mood faster than a song they love or hate. Baby Driver is a celebration of that fact, in addition to being a very good action flick that Anthony Bourdain inexplicably hates.

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