Pegg and Wright

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright are geniuses.

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You might know them from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

These two films are some of the smartest writing I’ve seen in a long time.  They take the spoof comedy genre to a new place.  Shaun of the Dead is a zombie flick, and Hot Fuzz is a budy cop movie.  They demonstrate both an ability to laugh at the genre as well as a deep respect and love of the genre.  They don’t take themselves too seriously, but they’re not sinking in meaningless sarcasm and skepticism.  What a great combination.

The writing is simply brilliant, on many levels.  Incredibly re-watchable where every word of the script is meaningful.  Massive amounts of foreshadowing in very clever ways.  These are just fun movies that reflect a careful design and artistry I’ve rarely seen.

Katherine (who has also become a big fan) said, “What is the message of this movie?”  I’m not sure there is a specific message.  Of course the worldview is rather postmodern . . . but with hope.  I like that a lot.

Good work, fellas.  Can’t wait for the next one.

1.  Have you seen either of these movies?

2.  Did you “get” them?  Did you like them? 

3.  If so, which is the best scene/line?  If not, convince me of their mediocrity . . . or whatever.

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2 responses to “Pegg and Wright

  1. Seen both, loved ’em. I’ve talked to people who I thought would appreciate them, but it turns out they didn’t get them. I’ve since cut off communication with these people. Best scene of either is in Shaun of the Dead when Pegg is walking his same route to work and fails to notice the neighborhood has been overrun with the walking dead.

  2. Both are part of my collection. I’ve seen Shaun more than 7 times, and Hot Fuzz twice. My favorite scene from Shaun is Shaun breaking down his plan for saving his girlfriend; every scenario ending with enjoying a pint at the Winchester ’til it all blows over. There is nothing mediocre about either film.

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