Ranked: Edgar Wright’s films

How can you rank movies, when you love every single one equally as much?

It’s like picking your favorite child, well not that I’d know since I don’t have any children and am not planning on having any in the near future, but it’s what I’d imagine it would be like. So here’s my attempt at ranking Edgar Wright’s five feature length films.

#5 Scott Pilgrim VS the World (2010)

Starting things off we have a musical where people don’t randomly start to sing, but in stead start to fight in the coolest way possible, with at times the use of musical instruments. When I first watched Scott Pilgrim VS the World, I didn’t like it at all. It didn’t speak to me, it didn’t interest me, Scott PilgrimI was bored all the hour and fifty-five minutes the movie was playing on my laptop screen.  The film didn’t make any sense to me and I was tempted to put it off at any second. The second time around, a couple years later, I enjoyed it the whole way through. I finally saw the genius that went into this film and how well the was crafted. It’s Wright’s first approach to a more serious tone, while still being filled to the brim with absurdity and hilarious jokes. The soundtrack was really good and well integrated into the story. It made the unconventional musical more musical-like. Also, tiny details can be spotted throughout the movie that keeps the viewer engaged. It peeked my interest that much, that I’ve now ordered the six volume graphic novel box set on which the movie was based.

Grade: A

#4 The World’s End (2013)

The third installment in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto-trilogy was, in my opinion, the “worst” out of the three. It’s like the original star wars trilogy. They’re all really good, but The Return of the Jedi is the worst of the bunch. The World’s End was nonetheless a hilarious movie with again the trademark visual comedy that Edgar Wright’s known for. The villain of this film was a tad bit too absurd to my taste, that’s why I rank this one as the lowest on the Cornetto-trilogy. There were some amazing fight scenes in the film, especially the bathroom scene, absolutely love that one. I also liked the approach to the relationship between Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, as it’s totally different from their relationship in the other films in the Cornetto-trilogy.  And there were, of course, a lot of memorable jokes, like the one where Nick Frost’s character tells that he doesn’t drink beer anymore. Just take a look at this clip:

 

Grade: A

#3 Hot Fuzz (2007)

On a Sunday night in February, the night when my free trial of Amazon Prime would expire, I still wanted to get something out of it. So I started scrolling and stumbled upon two films: Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. After having seen Shaun of the DeadHot FuzzI immediately started to watch Hot Fuzz, since I loved the first one so much. This one too was amazing. The chemistry between Frost and Pegg is always fun to watch and I liked that they went into a completely different direction with Pegg’s character. In the other two films in the Cornetto-trilogy Pegg’s character is rather a loser without really realizing it, while here he’s the polar opposite. In Hot Fuzz Nicholas Angle (yes that was on purpose) is a badass without realizing. It was an interesting approach and it worked very well. The foreshadowing in this flick, in particular, was really fun and generated some funny moments.  Plus it’s one of the most quotable out of the series.

“Yarp”

Grade: A+

#2 Shaun of the Dead (2004)

The film that introduced me to Edgar Wright is also my favorite one out Shaun of the Deadof the Cornetto-trilogy. The film brilliantly pays homage to quite a lot of classic horror films, while still telling an original, hilarious and entertaining story. There are a ton of masterfully crafted scenes, where the editing and the directing are the highlights, which created some of the most memorable moments out of a horror comedy in recent years.  The scene with Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen alone should be enough to have you go watch the film. It’s probably my favorite comedy of all time due to the dry humor and of course Edgar Wright’s creativity in this flick in particular.

Grade: A+

 

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Lily James and Ansel Elgort in “Baby Driver” –  2017

 

#1 Baby Driver (2017)

If you weren’t able to tell from my article that I released previously this week, I absolutely adore this film. The use of music was brilliant and the film was scattered with equally as brilliant performances. This is Edgar Wright’s most serious film to date, but he’s still able to blend seriousness and comedy together seamlessly. It’s a technical masterpiece and currently my favorite movie of the year.

Grade: A+

That’s my attempt at ranking Edgar Wright’s five films, how would you rank them? Thanks for reading this last article in “Edgar Wright”-week. The previously published articles in this week were: An Ode to Edgar Wright and The Brilliance of “Baby Driver”.

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2 thoughts on “Ranked: Edgar Wright’s films

  1. I commend you for being able to craft this list. All of Edgar Wright’s films are so brilliant on a technical level that I wouldn’t know how to go about ranking them. Inspired choice with Baby Driver. It’s definitely more honed in, more focused than his previous efforts. Wright, of course, wrote this movie entirely himself so it is his voice and his vision. Every film he does is an ode to genre cinema, which is why so many film fans like us obsess over his work. I can’t wait to see what the guy cooks up next.

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