Edgar Wright has been making films for nearly 30 years, beginning in 1995 a handful of fingersAnd most recently, with 2021 last night in soho, Straddling action, comedy, rom-com, sci-fi and horror, the British filmmaker has honed a genre that has garnered appreciation the world over.
In the lead up to the Netflix animated series scott pilgrim flew (with Wright serving as executive producer), we thought what better time to discuss the ups and downs of the filmmaker’s career… not that there are many of the latter. This will take into account all seven films directed by Wright, so don’t expect the adventures of tintin, distance, Or The Sparks Brothers documentary is about to be released.
Of course, this is just one writer’s opinion, not a definitive ranking that will be forever inscribed on Mount Rushmore. Try not to take it too seriously. After all, it’s just a bit of fun. So, let’s rank each of Edgar Wright’s films from worst to best.
7. A Fistful of Fingers
Of each film on this list, a handful of fingers This is one you’ve probably never heard of. Made in 1995 on a budget of $15,000, it was Wright’s first feature film, telling the story of a cowboy seeking revenge on an outlaw who killed his trustee horse.
There’s a lot of potential for comedy in this British Western spoof film from Sergio Leone, it’s just that the pacing is all over the place (even at a runtime of only 78 minutes) and the acting is also hard to overcome. Moreover, it is a bold endeavor for first-time students coming straight out of school. The entire film is now available to watch on YouTube.
6. The World’s End (2013)
Simon Pegg and Wright partner once again in the final entry in the beloved Cornetto trilogy The World’s End, Net? Five friends reunite in their hometown in an attempt to complete the pub crawl that failed 23 years ago, when suddenly there is an alien invasion. It has all the hallmarks that helped the director find success: a solid cast, clever social commentary, heartfelt moments layered with comedy – and yet, everything doesn’t come together as it should on paper.
Maybe it’s the change of personalities by keeping Peg as the unlikable aloof person and Nick Frost as the straight-laced everyman, or the serious tone that underlies the entire storyline which sometimes feels jarring. It becomes difficult to laugh at what is unfolding. Or perhaps it’s not as sharp as what came before and after. It’s not a bad film by any stretch of the imagination – in fact, it’s Pegg’s favorite of the three – it just doesn’t live up to the heights we know Wright could reach.
5. Last Night in Soho (2021)
last night in soho It is the director’s latest release but has been the least of the lot in terms of critical response. This is something that we may see increase in appreciation over time.
Sporting stunning cinematography that recreates sixties London, it is matched only by the gorgeous costume design and captivating performances. menuAnya Taylor-Joy’s psychological horror covers a lot. The story derails a bit in the last third and the film’s very identity begins to be questioned as to where things go wrong.
4. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Based on the graphic novel by Brian Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World Basically a breath of fresh air presented in the mix of a video game and superhero flick. Even though it bombed at the box office, the 2010 romantic action-comedy has deservedly made a name for itself to this day, with a Netflix series now coming in which the entire cast will return to voice their roles.
Michael Cera plays Scott, a 22-year-old bassist who has no problem getting a girlfriend, everything changes when Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) comes into his life as she is forced to leave her seven Are forced to fight evil ex-girlfriends. Visually, this is Wright’s most impressive film, offering a brilliant blend of colors, lighting, and engaging camera work that excites rather than gets in the way. It’s easy to forget the number of names involved, even before they made it big: Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson (Miracle), Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Aubrey Plaza, the list goes on. Oh, and most importantly, Scott Pilgrim shares important life lessons, like bread makes you fat
3. Baby Driver (2017)
Edgar Wright’s use of music is undoubtedly one of his best assets, coming out to its full potential in 2017. baby driver, Starring Ansel Elgort as an on-call getaway driver trying to get out of the game, every moment is defined by a different killer track, starting with the cold opening used last bell By Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. It immediately goes into the title credits as our hero gallops down the road. Harlem Shuffle By Bob and Earl, showcasing Wright’s talent for taking the simple to perfection.
This action film never lags behind with its pace, trademark style of sharp editing and jaw-dropping stunts that can give Tom Cruise a run for his money. We haven’t even talked about the supporting cast: Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez and Jon Bernthal are all in fine form. However, it’s Jamie Foxx’s psychotic Bat who steals the show, and provides a perfect antagonist that you want to love as much as you want to hate. baby driver They’re as smooth as they come.
2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
There are some movies that don’t end and fans love them dropping out Presents it better than most. And that’s right too! Rom-com-zom is still making waves today. Set in North London, two layabouts Sean (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) find themselves in the middle of a zombie invasion. What to do but go to Winchester, have a pint and wait for all this to blow over.
Acting as the first film in the Cornetto Trilogy, it’s laugh-out-loud funny, cleverly written with a wonderful sense of foreshadowing and proves why its leads have the best chemistry in Hollywood . It has aged brilliantly in the nearly 20 years since its debut, making it forever worth rewatching. Even better, the attention to detail makes it improve in some way with every re-watch. No wonder it catapulted Wright, Pegg and Frost to stardom.
1. Hot Fuzz (2007)
“Morning, Sergeant!” “Yarp.” “The greater the good.” “Feel free to spool up though.” “Nobody tells me anything.” “Big, bushy beard!” hot Fuzz is endlessly quotable, which somehow turns a parody of action buddy cop movies into one of the best comedies of the 21st century. This isn’t just Edgar Wright’s best performance, it’s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost firing on all cylinders to create such an iconic film that the British press have a field day whenever a goose is missed .
Every character is impeccably written. Be it Timothy Dalton’s sadistic supermartial manager Simon Skinner, Jim Broadbent’s bumbling Frank Butterworth, Olivia Colman’s innocence-loving Doris Thatcher or Lucy Punch’s unfortunate Eve Draper. There aren’t many films that have such a wide cast and yet are so easily recognizable. Filmed in the small town of Somerset, Wales, where Wright grew up, it’s a perfect fit hot Fuzz It encompasses everything that makes a person a top filmmaker.