Though he hasn’t made a movie since 2021 Last night in SohoEdgar Wright is still constantly in the news, especially since he’s set to direct the upcoming Stephen King remake. the running man🇧🇷 Before this becomes available to the public (no release date in sight), audiences should become more familiar with the director.
Wright has many iconic trademarks that appear in all of his films, which help define him as a filmmaker. They also helped ensure that all of his projects received positive reviews, including from Letterboxd users.
8/8 A Fistful of Fingers (1995) – 2.71
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The only Edgar Wright film not to average above a 3.0 on Letterboxd is his first feature film. That would be 1995 A Fistful of Fingerswhich is a little-seen British comedy about a cowboy who pursues a wanted man after the death of his horse.
As usual, Wright wrote and directed the film, and while the response was solid, he wouldn’t make another feature film until nearly a decade later. Most critics felt that Wright showed a lot of potential and made the most of a small budget, setting the tone for the rest of his career.
7/8 Last night in Soho (2021) – 3.47
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The most recent entry in Wright’s filmography is also in the conversation of his most ambitious. Last night in Soho is another completely original story from the filmmaker that focuses on a young fashion design student who is able to travel to the 60s through her dreams and becomes involved in the harrowing world of a singer of the era.
Filled with stunning visuals, great music and much more, Last night in Soho shined through, especially thanks to standout performances from Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie. Unfortunately, there were some viewers who weren’t too pleased with the third act and felt that it let the rest of the film down, holding it up against other Wright films.
6/8 The End of the World (2013) – 3.57
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The thing Edgar Wright is most famous for is his work on the Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy, which comes from his brilliant mind. After two stellar movies to kick off the series, Wright culminated with The end of the worldwhich is a parody of the science fiction genre.
The story follows a group of friends returning to their hometown for a pub crawl that takes place during an alien invasion. With such high standards set by previous entries, this did not live up to expectations, but was still considered a success. It even took home Best British Film at the Empire Awards and it looks like a solid finale to the series.
5/8 Baby Driver (2017) – 3.77
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According to Wright himself, baby driver it’s a film he’s wanted to make since he was starting out as a filmmaker. He even had the entire opening scene set for nearly the same amount of time, which is probably why it turned out so well and is regarded as one of the best chase sequences in film history.
baby driver follows a getaway driver who needs to escape the criminal underworld he’s been trapped in for so long. What made this film special was the use of music, as the action scenes were edited and choreographed to the music the protagonist hears due to his tinnitus. In addition to being a commercial success, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards.
4/8 The Sparks Brothers (2021) – 3.84
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At this point, it looks like Edgar Wright has tried basically every genre imaginable, so it looks like he would direct a documentary at some point. Which came in 2021 with The Sparks Brotherswhich looks at the lives of Russell and Ron Mael, better known as the rock duo Sparks.
It was interesting to see that director attached here because a documentary format doesn’t allow for many of Wright’s trademarks. Even so, the film was praised for being accessible and including interviews with big stars while discussing a music industry cult favourite.
3/8 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) – 3.87
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Movies based on comic books and video games are scattered throughout Hollywood history, but very rarely does a movie actually feel like one of those other mediums. Scott Pilgrim against the world manages to do so thanks to the frenetic energy imbued by Edgar Wright.
From snap cuts to uses of panels to wacky action, it’s all about Scott Pilgrim against the world looks unique. The story deals with a slacker who must face his new girlfriend’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to date her. Almost every aspect was praised, including a stellar cast featuring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brie Larson, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza and more.
2/8 Shaun of the Dead (2004) – 3.99
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It’s the movie that made Edgar Wright famous. Nine years after its debut release, Wright wrote and directed Shaun of the Dead, which is a parody of the zombie genre. In the process, he made one of the best films in its genre.
It was here that Wright really got the chance to show his stuff, debuting some of his famous editing techniques and showcasing his genius use of music to set a scene. As the first part of the Cornetto Trilogy, it established that Wright was a filmmaker on the rise.
1/8 Hot Fuzz (2007) – 4.05
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shaun of the dead set the bar high for the Cornetto Trilogy, but Wright managed to meet them with his follow-up. Where the original parodied zombie movies and the third entry covered science fiction, hot fuzz poked fun at the action genre.
Again starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, this film sees them as two police officers in a small village who investigate a series of murders and uncover some unexpected corruption behind it all. hot fuzz it was a critical and commercial success that many still consider the director’s greatest work.