Written By: Sophie
Edgar Wright’s ‘Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy’ is his most well-known films, consisting of well-known block busters: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. Each one covering completely different genres yet using virtually the same cast to tie them all together (along with the use of a Cornetto in each, obviously).
Shaun of the Dead is a zom-rom-com that tells the story of Shaun (Simon Pegg), a basic guy with a basic life who has to choose between his girlfriend and his best friend. This unfortunately happens right in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. The reason why I love Shaun of the Dead is because it has all the features of a typical zombie film: transportation issues, having to kill someone they love etc. Wright has cleverly put his own stamp on the genre by adding comedic elements to this apocalyptic matter.
Hot Fuzz was next on the Wright’s agenda with his 2007 cop film where the accident rate is so high because the locals of Sandford village belong to a murderous cult. This movie is full of clichés and that is what I love most about it. The generous use of whip pans, car chases and guns somehow perfectly fit in with the comedy and this gives a unique feel to an otherwise repetitive action cop movie. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost add to the inimitability of the film by creating all-round laughter from the audience to a dead serious silence in a split-second, which boosts the realism of a slightly outrageous film.
Wright’s latest film, The World’s End consists of five guys who go back to their home town to complete the pub crawl that they didn’t finish, when they realise that the entire town has been taken over by ‘robots’. You don’t stop laughing or smiling from the very start and that is why Edgar Wright is such a brilliant writer (with help from Simon Pegg) as well as a director. He portrays the characters brilliantly and there is definitely no lack of character development. The soundtrack for this film is, in my eyes, the best one out of the three as it covers a range of decades with a similar genre running throughout.
This may seem like I am slightly obsessed with Edgar Wright as I have previously written a review on Scott Pilgrim, but this trilogy is definitely worth writing about and I definitely recommend it to those whose would love to see a well-known genre with an original comical twist.