Yes, Edgar Wright can wax poetic on Mike Hodges' FLASH GORDON, a Mario Bava Giallo, De Palma's THE FURY or Disney's THE BLACK HOLE. He loves the thrill that movies incite in the soul. His ecstasy is evident in his own work. THE FUTURIST! was not quick to watch his first film SHAUN OF THE DEAD. He thought it would be some goofy spoof of zombie pictures. It wasn't. It was more than a spoof. It was full of great camera work, incidental widescreen delights at the corners of the screen, great human emotion and terrific sight gags. Wright made a film that had a plot and feeling and showed his love for the genre. THE FUTURIST! thought the ending a bit weak, but he really loved it. However, THE FUTURIST! just loved to bits Wright's next comedy HOT FUZZ. It was a grand blending of film genres and terrific comedy laced with Peckinpah violence. You can see how earlier films influenced him ... in this case, 80s action pictures, THE WICKER MAN, the Agatha Christie cozy and westerns ... but Wright makes them his own and goes further. The final villain/hero climax left a smile on THE FUTURIST!'s face. What a great viewing experience. THE FUTURIST! had never seen anything like it. The joy of film was in every frame
Last year, Tarantino's INGLORIOUS BASTERDS made THE FUTURIST! love film all over again after months of dreck. This year, he hopes Wright's SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD will do the same. THE FUTURIST! has not yet seen this film as of this writing, but it just opened wide near Utter Despair NJ. He plans to see it this coming week. It's at The Hive Mega-MegaPlex. The one drawback? It stars THE FUTURIST!'s most current least liked actor ... Michael Cera. Okay ... THE FUTURIST! said if he saw one more movie starring this one note actor he would commit Cera-cide. If ... IF ... Edgar Wright can make a film starring Cera and still make THE FUTURIST! smile and have a skip in his step after he leaves The Hive Mega-MegaPlex, well ... Edgar Wright will be even more special to THE FUTURIST!
Below is a song written for the film by Beck. Strains of this tune were heard in the film trailer. THE FUTURIST! likes it a lot. It's a good harbinger of things to come.
performed and written by Beck
from the film SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD (2010)