First I want to say that this film is not only amazing, its probably the best film I’ve seen in a long time, the sound track is unbeatable. What makes this film so sick though, is the fact it was edited by a guy called Paul Machliss, you’re probably thinking who the hell is that, but this guy was editing the whole film in real time on location from a mag liner, that’s not an edit suite in Soho with a constant flow of Pret coffee, organic lunches on some comfortable sofa. Its in the elements, dealing with corrupt files, ingest issues and the logistics of being on the move all from a MacBook Pro. You can’t forget to say thanks to his team of assistants, DIT’’s and probably his small army).
This was all because the director Edgar Wright didn’t want audio cues, he wanted the action to naturally fall to the beat. This is not a musical, this is just an action film full of music.
Machliss said “to not make it feel like a musical where everything is heavily choreographed. We didn’t want you to notice that someone puts a bottle down on a chair. It may happen to be on the beat, but we don’t want you to think we are waiting for that moment.”
Some people have slammed Edgar Wright for going to “Hollywood” and not making films like Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. But f@€k. those guys, he has just taken a massive risk in terms of editing a film and I think its paid off, did I also say that sound track is unbelievable.
I’m no film critic or even some sort of film expert, I just love the fact that is was a new way of editing a film and was literally a feature film made like a live music gig.