"Edgar Wright - How to Do Visual Comedy" by Tony Zhou says American directors have a lot to learn (VIDEO).

What American Comedy Filmmakers Could Learn From Edgar Wright

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May 28 2014 9:15 AM

What American Comedy Filmmakers Could Learn From Edgar Wright

In the video above, Tony Zhou argues that too many American comedies fail to deliver their jokes visually—to use the cinematic frame, that is, in funny, inventive ways—and that they could learn how to do so by watching Edgar Wright movies.

I think Zhou overstates his case somewhat—Wright’s movies loudly call attention to their movie-ness in a manner that perfectly serves his genre spoofs and comic book adaptations but which wouldn’t necessarily benefit a filmmaker like, say, Judd Apatow, who’s going for more of a slice-of-life style. Still, Zhou nicely highlights what makes Wright so distinctive, and does make one think that American comedies could benefit from more of his visual inventiveness. Shame about Ant-Man, I guess.

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David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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