As much as we all love Edgar Wright and what he has contributed to cinema, it is hard to believe that he hasn’t made that many feature films. Although in saying that, this is truly a good case for quality over quantity. One of the smartest comedy writers/directors to come from the UK within the last twenty years, thanks to the success of his cult classic TV show Spaced (1999-2001), Wright would go on to great success with many thanks to the films on today’s list. Baby Driver (2017) is being released along with some very positive reviews. So I want to pick out my favourite films from Wright himself. A mention goes to his debut feature A Fistful of Fingers (1995), however I could not get a copy of the film as I don’t think it is actually available anywhere. But let’s get started anyway.
5. Don’t (2007)
Okay let me just have this one please. I’m a massive horror fan and I love old British productions from the likes of Hammer horror. And I have seen my fair share of film titles starting with the word Don’t… The trailer was made as one of many for Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse (2007) project, and although I love all of the fake trailers, this is one of my favourites. Wright even took the time to shoot on old lenses and scratched the film with wool to make it feel as if neglected. And I do love those kinds of movies, for me they are a true guilty pleasure.
4. The World’s End (2013)
I think everybody is in agreement that when it comes to the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End is definitely the weakest entry. Going in a more Sci-Fi direction than the two preceding films, it is also (oddly enough) the most mature of the three. And there is nothing wrong with that either, but the film itself just lacked many of the laughs, and Simon Pegg’s character is so unlikeable it kind of takes away from a lot of sympathy you have for him. It is still bonkers and full of what makes Wright a genius film maker. I just walked away somewhat disappointed.
3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
I had heard many good things about this film for such a long time thinking it would just annoy me. But when I sat down to actually watch it I was completely blown away, and misjudged the film entirely. It was way more fun than I had originally thought, and upon first viewing of the trailer I just said “that looks silly”. But that’s what makes it so good, it embraces the silliness, and the stereotypes, and makes a really kick ass soundtrack to boot. Outside of Superbad (2006) it really is my favourite Michael Cera film, and Wright doesn’t hold back on the craziness.
2. Hot Fuzz (2007)
I saw Hot Fuzz for the first time in the cinema and halfway through I was giggling like an idiot. Then out of nowhere, the film takes a sudden dive into slasher territory, and that just makes me even more hooked. The film is packed with so many odd characters and one-liners it is hard to keep track of them all. Not to mention the endless cameo appearances from many British comedy talents, the spot on chemistry between Frost and Pegg, and the ludicrous levels of violence are enough to make me a fan forever. But it certainly isn’t my favourite.
1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
It couldn’t be any other really. Who doesn’t love Shaun of the Dead? And although horror comedies have been done in the past to great success (even done with zombies), this one has set a really high bar. It showed the world the many talents of the two lead men (Nick Frost and Simon Pegg), and solidified not only how Edgar Wright was a pure talent, but had shown an original way of storytelling through some very clever editing, genuine wit, ridiculous violence, and just some really fine filmmaking while at it. I hope Baby Driver is as good as everyone says it is, as all of Wright’s films are a pure joy to watch. And if that aforementioned bar set by Wright can make him try just as hard in all of his films since, I have no doubt that he will not let me down anytime soon.