“I think you write the film you want to see, and you try to do it honestly, and you can’t control people’s reactions.”
~ Edgar Wright
Being worried about how people will respond to something is a very common problem in the majority of people’s lives. From daily conversations, to achievements, to our interests, to our creations, there is always anxiety around what people are going to say. Director Edgar Wright worked to overcome this problem by taking risks in his films – and they pay off. With some of the most original and entertaining movies based around celebrating tropes and riffing on genres, Edgar Wright is my inspiration and a legend of cinema.
“Baby Driver” advertisements have been everywhere in recent times. On buses, on TV, in cinemas, so seeing the amount of publicity a film by my favourite director was getting meant my excitement was growing and growing. It was furthered by the overwhelming positivity in every review I read. It was hard to imagine how he could create a film that lived up to the standard he had set. “Hot Fuzz” is far more original than most buddy-cop films, but manages to be exaggerated without making fun of the genre. Being entirely unashamed of celebrating something that is not often considered good is inspirational to me, as people should not be discouraged from enjoying harmless things due to the cringe-worthiness associated. The travelling scenes are different to what we expect from movies, with every moment of it either funny or telling us about Nicholas, the main character. The originality displayed in something most people don’t spend too much time on doing in a way that is out of the box is impressive. I aspire to be able to create something and show that skill, which is why Wright is an inspiration to me. “Shaun of the Dead” also manages to be original without looking down on its genre: this time, zombie films. This film features things leaving and entering the screen in funny ways, information being given to us unusually, and music being used for humour, again showing originality. The “Don’t Stop Me Now” scene may just be the peak of comedy but also is similar to the use of music in “Baby Driver”, showing that developing previous ideas can lead to something completely different. The growth in his skill as he continues making films is inspirational, as it shows us that even if you have created something incredible, there’s always ways to make it better. I think the level of comedy in this film sets it apart from other zombie films, but the odd ways the humour is conveyed doesn’t detract from the catastrophe and terror around the main characters. “The World’s End” is my favourite film of Wright’s. Throughout the entirety of it, the comedy balances out the tragedy and drama in a way I didn’t know was possible. It riffs on sci fi, and the amount you feel like you come to know and love (and hate) the characters makes the sad scenes sadder and the victories even more enjoyable. At no point during my first watch of this film did I think “I am watching a movie right now.” I was immediately invested in the characters and story which clearly demonstrates what an innovative director Wright is. The scene where Gary opens up about his alcoholism almost felt too intimate for me to be watching. This representation of a usually taboo topic inspires me as it shows that struggles in our lives can be turned into incredible things. He has made other films too, but these are the ones I watch most. The originality in these films is very inspiring, and I am sure I will continue to re-watch them many times.
The experience of seeing “Baby Driver” was even better than I expected. The darkness made it feel like there was nothing else there except me and the film. The suspenseful silence of everyone nearby added to this. The anticipation was brutal but worthwhile. The stylishly shot scenes and depth of the characters was unlike anything I’d seen. It was interesting, funny, and followed Wright’s theme of taking risks. The use of music was phenomenal. I knew some of the songs, but others were completely new to me. It wasn’t restricted by being a movie soundtrack and flowed through multiple genres, with every song fitting perfectly. Something else about the film that stood out to me: the fact that the finished product we saw took two decades to make. This sense of not giving up on an idea, no matter how long it takes is very inspirational and I think most people can apply it to their lives. This inspires me to not stop working on things that I feel may be taking too long, as getting something how you want it can be a long effort. The effort put into this film makes me respect him even more.
Inspiration for media can feel like a finite resource sometimes. It’s often hard to come by. This isn’t actually the case. New ideas are everywhere and can be influenced by anything. Wright has mentioned before how growing up in a small boring town gave him a reason to daydream and be creative, as things didn’t happen in real life all that often. This is relatable to many people, including myself, and how far his movies have gone can be very inspiring to people in similar situations. You don’t need to live somewhere exciting and extravagant which opportunities at every corner to make things that are exciting and loved by people from all different places and situations. Creative careers can be pursued no matter where you’re from if have ideas, and a desire to see them to their completion and Edgar Wright clearly conveys this. As a career in this sort of thing is something I am very interested in, this gives me hope, and adds to the reasons that Wright is my inspiration.
Taking risks when you make something creative is often tricky. There’s a lot of pressure to fall into the trends, which can lead to very enjoyable things, but ends up boring. “Scott Pilgrim VS the World” is supposedly set in Canada, but it is made to appear a lot more like the inside of a video game. This idea could have gone very badly, and been “gimmicky”. However, Wright certainly pulled it off. His movies do not conform, and are always very well received. This huge appreciation for projects which have very odd aspects to them shows us that our weird ideas can make an incredible end product. This inspires me, as I feel like through having ideas for writing things which have strange elements, I can chance how enjoyable something is, but maybe end up with it being considerably better.
These movies are ones that I find myself re-watching a lot. Whether it’s because of influences from drastically different things, or the way other films in the genre cannot be considered in the same ballpark, or the sheer amount of time and effort that went into the creation of it, they’re all ridiculously entertaining, and recognisable as directed by Edgar Wright. While the genre changes, his style stays consistent, even with new exciting elements being added. He has said himself he is not interested in realism and this imaginative aspect of his films is clear. He doesn’t want to repeat things that went well; he wants his style to grow and develop as he does and for his films to keep getting better as time goes on. Because of them, I am more confident about my own ideas, and the opportunities to create things I will have in my life. He has shown that taking time to make things great is okay, and its good to make things different. The risks and persistence and creativity are all reasons to love these movies and reasons why Edgar Wright is my inspiration.