Watch: Edgar Wright's Brilliant and Incomparable Visual Comedy

May 28, 2014

Edgar Wright

Another day has gone by, and we're still pretty bummed that Edgar Wright is no longer at the helm of Ant-Man. For anyone who doesn't think this is a big deal, Marvel has made a very poor decision by letting a talented filmmaker walk out the door and letting their own nervousness and arrogance get in the way of making what could have been a stellar installment in their cinematic universe. The movie could still be good, but we'll always wonder what Wright could have done in Marvel's kitchen. And in case you've forgotten just how meticulous and brilliant of a director Wright has been, we've got a video you should see.

Here's Edgar Wright - How to Do Visual Comedy by Tony Zhou (via SlashFilm):

As Zhou explains, "If you love visual comedy, you gotta love Edgar Wright, one of the few filmmakers who is consistently finding humor through framing, camera movement, editing, goofy sound effects and music. This is an analysis and an appreciation of a director so awesome that Marvel had to fire him on a holiday." The idea behind the video is how effectively Wright still uses the camera without overshadowing just how funny the film's proceedings and characters are. In fact, he uses the camera to create even more laughs to go with his tight script. The comparison between similar scenes in Wright's films and other loved comedies really points out how plain some studio comedies are in their storytelling and execution of laughter. Well?

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Really like Wrights visual style, tho I didn't even catch all the details mentioned in this video especialy timing aspects. Makes me appreciate his talent even more. He was more or less the only reason why I was looking forward to Antman, to see what he can do with a big budget superhero flick.

Armitall on May 28, 2014


Just glad that I have the chance to see his creativity.

mooreworthy on May 28, 2014


He is truly one of the best directors of are time, He's up there with Kubric, Raimi and Spielberg, they created film techniques, Edgar Wright has utilized all of them and made his own. If you truly love his work you can support by boycotting Disney and Marvel.. we want Ant man done by Mr. Wright not Mr. Wrong....

shane willett on May 28, 2014


Spaced is one of the best tv shows ever..

shane willett on May 28, 2014


Not all film makers care that much, he's a film geek and it shows, just like Tarantino. There's a wealth of movies already made to pick and choose from to get ideas and they both do that. But maybe with a lot of Hollywood films directors have to bend so much to what people who know nothing about making films, apart from putting money in to get money out, but think they are creative in some way because they have said money, so Directors go for the easy shots rather than work at it. Edgar Wright is notoriously strict about getting the shots right and the casts have mentioned about how many times they've had to reshoot scenes.

Carpola on May 28, 2014


There's obviously more to it than just "picking and choosing" ideas from other movies. Like the video says in the context of comedy, it's visual language, or cinematic language, that should be understood by any director if he is to be given millions of dollars by big studios. The video also mentions that it's not about "dumb" this or "smart" that, but it's filmmaking that works, and by no means does the audience have to "know [any]thing about making films" to appreciate it.

Terry Craig on May 28, 2014


Hey Terry, I didn't mean he just rips off other movies, more that he really has studied multiple genres and understands what is possible a lot more than many directors, he also grew up in a time when music videos and commercials were often better than what was being made for cinemas, (same way Ridley Scott had a fresh take on cinema). But your right the audience has to judge it on what is produced and I think Edgar Wright does create movies which anyone can get, even if they don't notice all the in-jokes and homages to other movies. And like you say, he's doing something right if studios are willing to invest money in him.

Carpola on May 29, 2014


To be correct: The editing idea of "traveling" comes from Guy Ritchie's Snatch. "I'm coming to london!!"

Grosser Unbekannter on May 28, 2014


Ha! I thought the same thing. Good ol' Cousin Avi.

grimjob on May 28, 2014


Enjoyed the comparison of scenes from different films.

Marc Callado on May 28, 2014


Why does he credit Ryan Gosling with a good performance while showing a Hot Fuzz clip? Am I missing something?

jlw034 on May 28, 2014


He is saying Ryan Gosling is the plant.

Brian Ricci on May 28, 2014


Pegg looks so young. Time is a helluva thing.

DAVIDPD on May 28, 2014


Great vid. Love his style.

grimjob on May 28, 2014

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