"Everything that I've done so far has had a bigger budget than the last, but I've never ever felt the benefit of the bigger budget because the ideas always exceed the budget."Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is a British director known for making stylish, genre-busting films, usually working with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. He is also known for his surprising talent of making films that function equally well as both deconstructions and carefully crafted stories. He is one of us, a very notable example of a film geek-come-director a la Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, both of whom he is close friends with.
- Dead Right - Hot Fuzz without the budget and with even more genre savviness.
- A Fistful Of Fingers - A low budget Clint Eastwood parody.
- Spaced - Surreal Brit Com about a writer and a comic book artist living in a flat. Brimming with references to other TV shows and movies.
- Shaun of the Dead - Guy tries to rescue his friends from zombies. He fails. Mostly.
- Hot Fuzz - Skilled cop is sent to a sleepy town where no murders, but many accidents happen.
- Don't - A trailer from the movie Grindhouse.
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - An adaptation of the comic by Bryan Lee O'Malley. His first non-British film (shot in Toronto).
- The World's End - A group of friends from childhood reunite to finish their epic pub crawl only to find that aliens have infiltrated their old town.
- Baby Driver - his first American film, shot (and set) in Atlanta, Georgia. Takes Mickey Mousing to an extreme. Every scene is completely synced to the music, even the background noise!
- The Adventures of Tintin - He has a writing credit along with Steven Moffat and Joe Cornish.
- Ant-Man - He was going to direct, but then left due to Creative Differences.
Tropes associated with him include:
- Advertising by Association: Sightseers is "From the makers of Hot Fuzz, Paul & Shaun of the Dead". Of course, Wright only produced this film, not wrote and directed it. Note that The World's End isn't on that list because, though complete, hadn't been released yet and that Scott Pilgrim vs. The World isn't because the film was targeted at British audiences, the genre of the film is much more like the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy, Rule of Three, and the marketing department may have wanted to noncommittally suggest that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost would be in it.
- Amicable Exes: With Anna Kendrick. They met on the set of Scott Pilgrim and dated for four years. A couple of years afterwards, Wright vocally supported the idea of her being as Squirrel Girl in the MCU. In a way, this trope comes into play with him and Marvel as well, given how his support comes even after his messy departure from Ant-Man.
- Chekhov's Armoury: Wright sure loves his Foreshadowing, and background events.
- Creator Thumbprint: Synchronized head turns, unconventional transitions, smash zooms, whip pans, extremely concise Buffy Speak, heavy-handed Foreshadowing...
- Creepy Twins: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim and The World's End all feature menacing twins as minor antagonists (Shaun and Fuzz even use the same pair of twins). World's End even provides the page quote:Sam: Just because they're twins doesn't automatically make them creepy!Gary: It does a little bit...
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: His films demand repeat viewings, if only to catch all the blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments.
- Funny Background Event/Meaningful Background Event: Which results in his films being great examples of Rewatch Bonus.
- Shaun of the Dead: Romantic Comedy Zombie film, or "rom-com-zom" as he put it.
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: A Coming of Age Romantic Comedy Kung-Fu Musical In the Style of... anime and old style video games.
- Baby Driver: A Romantic Comedy Car Fu Action Heist Musical. Often considered a ballet with guns and cars.
- Gorn: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Don't have this. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World avoids it altogether giving into the style of the comic book. The World's End has what you could call gorn in the form of blue robot blood which is "more like ink" - there isn't much actual human blood in the film.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners:
- With Simon Pegg, Quentin Tarantino and Cinematographer Bill Pope.
- Simon Pegg didn't just act in his films with Wright, he also co-wrote all three films in Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy.
- In the Making of Scott Pilgrim, he says that "Bill Pope is one of my favourite people ever. Bill, if you're watching this, I love you." And at the end of his and Bill's Scott Pilgrim DVD commentary, he says "And now Bill and I are gonna make out." with some kissing sounds.
- Logo Joke: The Universal sequence in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World? Not the regular one.
- Mickey Mousing: There's always at least one scene in his movies where everything is timed to the music. Baby Driver takes this Up to Eleven and does it for most of the movie.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Loves treating simple tasks like filing paperwork with the same amount of fast-paced cinematic ecstasy as he would a car chase.
- Older Than They Look: Is in his forties; you couldn't tell by that (relatively recent) picture up there, could you?
- Signature Style: Creative, stylized, Genre-Busting films with at least a bit of satire and clever editing. Main characters are likable whether their Nice Guy's or they are Jerk with a Heart of Gold. He homages clips from films into his own. He also takes old fashioned cliches into something overblown and fresh. Main action is not super realistic but creates a awesome movie experience. Also at least one Mickey Mousing scene where the action ties into the rhythem of the soundtrack, especially in Baby Driver
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Its pretty clear his movies lean a little more towards the idealistic end.
- World of Ham: Every character in his films are basically live-action cartoon characters. Also see Mundane Made Awesome.