The 13-ish Best Edgar Wright Movie Characters

The 13-ish Best Edgar Wright Characters

Edgar Wright‘s latest feature film hits theaters this week, and by all accounts Baby Driver is another winner blending action, laughs, and Wright’s own unique sensibilities. (Don’t take my assumption for it though, check out Jacob Hall’s review out of SXSW.) Wright has yet to deliver anything less than a very good time at the movies, and while a lot of factors go into an acclaimed film, one of his many strengths as a filmmaker is in the variety of fun and fun-loving characters he packs into his work.

The scripts are obviously key to the films’ highly quotable nature, but pairing the words on the page with particular performers is what ultimately results in such memorable characters. That combination has resulted in a bounty of fun, funny, and fascinating characters in Wright’s films, and while some are leads, others only manage a few minutes of screen time. It’s an issue of quality trumping quantity, and it’s why someone with two scenes in a movie can be far more memorable than someone who’s in nearly the entire thing. What I’m saying is Shaun of the Dead‘s Ed is an obnoxious twat whose “funny” behavior upsets the film’s delicate tonal balance and ultimately keeps it removed from absolute greatness. Look, I don’t like saying it anymore than you like hearing it, but there it is.

It’s also why the list below is heavy on the male members and light on the ladies. Wright’s films feature plenty of women, but you have to look all the way back to his UK television series, Spaced, to find an example of one with meat on her character’s bones. But that’s a think-piece for a different time. For now let’s keep things moving with a look at the best characters in Edgar Wright’s feature films.

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hot fuzz sequel

The closest Edgar Wright has come to making a sequel is his Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, the unofficial series of genre films loosely tied together by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (and ice cream). But would he consider making a sequel to one of his most popular films?

Maybe, Wright answers. And only one of his films really lends itself to a sequel: the second in the Cornetto Trilogy, the buddy cop comedy Hot Fuzz.

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/Answers: The Best Movie Gunfights of All Time

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is your favorite movie gunfight of all time?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team.

If you’d like to share your favorite movie gunfight, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!

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Edgar Wright Music Reel

There are a myriad of ways that we could compliment Edgar Wright. From his economical, near flawless scripts to his fast and fierce shooting style, you can spot an Edgar Wright film from a mile away. But one of the things I look forward to the most is how the director Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World uses music to enhance his movies, making for some of the most memorable scenes from his career.

A new video features some of Edgar Wright’s greatest uses of music in film, television and music videos. Even if you’ve seen all of Edgar Wright’s movies, there’s probably some footage here you haven’t seen before, especially in the music video arena. Watch the Edgar Wright music reel after the jump. Read More »

VOTD: The Visual Comedy of Edgar Wright

Hot Fuzz Cornetto

Who doesn’t love a good video essay, especially when it’s timely and eye-opening? Enter Tony Zhou, who ade an 8-minute video called “Edgar Wright – How To Do Visual Comedy.” The thesis here is basically that most mainstream comedy is directed in a very lazy way. There are close-ups of people talking, recognizable landmarks, pop music playing, and other such staple elements. For his own films, on the other hand, Wright comes up with fun, innovative ways to portray scenes other movies would do simply. This energy and pizazz naturally creatures humor in the filmmaking, instead of just relying on a screenplay.

This thesis is especially interesting considering the rumors of Wright’s departure from Ant-Man over creative differences. Did Marvel and Disney not trust Wright would make Ant-Man everything they wanted it to be? Check out the video Edgar Wright comedy below. Read More »

Watch This: Edgar Wright Explores the Art of Close-Ups

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The first time I saw Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead, I was blown away by the close-ups. They seemed to bombard me at every turn in the film, their rapid-fire nature grabbing me by the metaphorical collar and pulling me face first into the next scene. Wright went on to make several more films which make ingenious use of the close-up, and I became so intrigued by these shots. What was Wright’s purpose for them in each film? Why did he seem to employ them so copiously? How did he fit them into his shooting schedule?

Edgar Wright generously agreed to chat with me at length on this topic. I edited our conversation into a video essay exploring the art of close-ups. Check it out after the jump and be sure to pick up Edgar’s The World’s End on Blu-Ray when you get the chance.
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Hot Fuzz script

The week is finally here. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright‘s conclusion to the Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End, finally opens everywhere on Friday August 23. To commemorate the occasion fans can buy that Mondo Shaun of the Dead poster, see full Trilogy on the big screen, or attend a Wright-centric art show.

But that’s not all. Hot off the release of the interactive screenplay to Shaun of the Dead, Focus and Moviefone have teamed up to do the same for the 2007 film Hot FuzzRead More »

Aaron Jasinski - Three

In just over one week, Edgar Wright‘s fourth feature film, The World’s End, hits theaters in the US. That’s as good an excuse as any to look back at Wright’s previous films and celebrate our shared love of them. Those films, of course, are Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. There’s also the amazing TV show Spaced that acted as a precursor to those films.

Wright’s work has been immortalized in various media (such as Mondo posters, original paintings, and gig posters) and Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles is doing all that and then some. On Tuesday August 20, they’re hosting The Official Edgar Wright Art Show and we’re happy to share a pretty healthy sampling of works that’ll be on display including a few exclusive debuts. Read More »

Hot Fuzz Cornetto

There’s no better way to see Edgar Wright‘s latest film, The World’s End, than with an appetizer of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The three films, collectively referred to as The Cornetto Trilogy, are linked by their sharp sense of humor, genre leanings, lead actors, and a British ice cream treat. The final act, The World’s End, opens on August 23 and many fans probably figured they’d just watch the first two on Blu-ray before heading to the theater. Now you won’t have to do that.

Regal Cinemas has just revealed a huge list of theaters nationwide that’ll be screening all three films on the big screen on August 22, culminating in the 10 p.m. screening of The World’s End. Plus, if you don’t have a Regal near you, Wright assures fans in the United States this is only the beginning.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

This post really doesn’t need much set up. Mondo has commissioned awesome artist Kevin Tong to do a poster for a triple bill of Edgar Wright films happening this weekend in Austin. Meaning, one Mondo poster includes Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Is it better than Alex Pardee or DKNG’s poster on the same subject? It’s debatable. But they’re all sick. Check it out after the jump. Read More »