Edgar Wright has been a singularly unique voice in British cinema for the past two decades, from his early work with Simon Pegg on the sitcom ‘Spaced’ through his transition to Hollywood completed with 2017’s action film Baby Driver, Wright has constantly turned out innovative and acclaimed works that have acquired thousands of fans over the years.
With that in mind, we here at The Film Magazine are to judge the always referential, always funny and clearly artistic talents of one of mainstream film’s most unique directors. In this latest edition of Ranked, we’re looking to the Cornetto Trilogy and beyond to proffer which films from Edgar Wright’s feature directorial filmography are the best and which are the worst, judging each entry on artistic merit, cultural significance and popular consensus.
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7. Last Night in Soho (2021)
A love letter to all things 60s, Last Night in Soho’s ambition can get the better of it sometimes, though it remains an ambitious attempt at an out-and-out horror from director Edgar Wright; one anchored by strong performances from Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy.
The first half is especially effective at capturing swinging 60s Soho, London in its heyday with some fine cinematography from Park Chan-wook regular Chung-hoon Chung.
Last Night in Soho falls towards the lower end of Wright’s filmography, mostly due to its final act which split audiences and critics, though it remains a worthwhile watch due to its loving craftsmanship and knockout 60s soundtrack.
6. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
This is a fine first foray away from collaboration’s with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for Edgar Wright, and is a great showcase for his unique blend of action, humour and pathos.
Focusing on down on his luck Scott Pilgrim and his relationship with his area’s newest arrival Ramona, Scott Pilgrim boasts some fantastic set pieces between the titular Scott and a series of Ramona’s exes.
It falls lower in Wright’s filmography as it is perhaps lacking some of the universal appeal of his earlier works, but make no mistake that Scott Pilgrim shows off Wright’s love of comic books and video games, with some scenes acting as clear homages to both forms of entertainment and the film remaining a must-watch for fans of the director’s work.
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