For Our Consideration: From Shaun to Baby Driver, Edgar Wright’s characters withdraw into music

For a film ostensibly about driving, Baby Driver‘s most emblematic scene has nothing to do with a car or the road. It features the eponymous Baby (Ansel Elgort) at home futzing with retro electronic equipment, creating a mix from a tape recording that’s reminiscent of collage-style turntablists like Steinski and DJ Shadow. He makes a name for his tape, puts it in a bag filled with others just like it, and then turns to view his collection of iPods, a sizable array of just about every model and generation imaginable. “I have different iPods for different days, different moods,” he tells his waitress crush, Debora (Lily James), and you can tell he means it.

Baby listens to music to drown out his tinnitus caused by a childhood accident, but it also serves as an escape, a surefire way to detach from the nasty reality he lives in. He …

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