Edgar Wright says moviegoers are too hard on M. Night Shyamalan
As Hollywood continues to move towards intellectual property and franchises, it becomes harder and harder to be a unique filmmaker in space. At least for some, it is.
Edgar Wright, beloved director of films such as Shaun of the dead, Scott Pilgrim against the world, and Baby driver, Certainly isn’t one of those aforementioned filmmakers in search of the uniqueness, as Wright has become known for his unwavering commitment to originality. While certainly open to it, Wright has yet to make a franchise film in his two-decade career, a trend that continues with the release of his latest film, the devilishly delicious horror thriller. Last night in Soho.
Like any good mind-blowing thriller, Last night in Soho is armed with twists and turns you never see coming, which is an element of cinema that Wright really enjoys. Speaking to our Post-credit podcast About the process of writing a satisfying yet surprising narrative twist, Wright discussed his own affinity for the art of twisting, and in doing so came to the defense of the film industry’s most famous twister. , The sixth sense and To divide director M. Night Shyamalan.
” It’s delicate [writing twists], Wright told our Post-credit podcast. “I feel like people are unnecessarily harsh on M. Night Shyamalan, because they’re kind of like, ‘Oh, that’s all about the twist!’ And, it’s like… why not? I don’t care if that’s her thing, I like it. I really thought about the twist in Old was actually really good, I liked it. I thought the last five minutes was like, yeah, I’m in it! I’m in it, man.
“I like movies that give you something like that, and I especially like movies that sometimes you get it in old thrillers from the 60s and 70s, where it looks like the movie is over, and you you say, “Huh, I guess it’s done”, but then there’s a “and then …” and then the finale starts. I love that you think it’s done and then something else happens. “
Given how Last night in Soho unfolds, it’s clear it’s not just lip service from Wright, as the third act of the film certainly puts its money where its mouth is.
Last night in Soho, which stars Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp and Diana Rigg, hits theaters in the United States on Friday, October 29. And be sure to keep an eye out for our full interview with Edgar, which will also drop on Friday.
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