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criminal life, but, you guessed it, things don’t go so smoothly. The great Australian pop cul- ture commentator Clive James once said he would rather watch Steve McQueen crossing a street than a Fred Astaire dance num- ber. I can’t agree with him on this specific point, but I under- stand what he was getting at. With so many tricks in its box, cinema has the power to turn mundanity into magic. The cred- its sequence of Baby Driver sim- ply follows Baby as he walks to NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 6 a coffee shop and back to the warehouse where Doc’s gang awaits, but Wright’s camera and Elgort’s elegant movement, ac- companied on the soundtrack by Bob & Earl’s ‘Harlem Shuffle’, turn it into one of the most excit- ing sequences you’ll see all year. Immediately we’re assured that Baby Driver understands the mu- sical genre in a way La La Land didn’t. Where Damien Chazelle shot his rhythmically challenged stars in head to toe full shots as though they were Astaire and INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 18