By Matt Kiel
Shaun of the Dead is a fantastic comedy that I’m sure most people reading this have already seen. For those who haven’t, the story centers around Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) who, although they are oblivious to it at first, find themselves surrounded by a zombie outbreak. The plot is basically them trying to find shelter.
Even though he hasn’t done much yet, Edgar Wright is probably my favorite director. His film compositions are extremely well done, at least to my taste. Shaun of the Dead is a prime example of this. First, the writing is superb. The comedic back and forth between Frost and Pegg is priceless, making them one of, if not, my favorite, comedic duos.
Another thing that makes Wright’s films great is his Mise en Scene (screen composition) and cuts. His shot composition allows the audience to benefit greatly from his dialogue. One scene in Shaun of the Dead, when we first see a zombie, Pegg and Frost are in the foreground singing and a zombie is moaning along to the song in the background. Wright’s montages are one of the key elements that make me love his directing. His combination of awesome sound effects and quick, sequential montages makes an otherwise boring scene exciting and adds to the comedic pacing.
If you haven’t seen his other films, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim, I highly recommend them. I love Hot Fuzz; its composition is phenomenal and is my favorite in a film. I greatly anticipate the final film in his Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy (The World’s End).