The first feature (just) from Edgar Wright sees the man perhaps biting off a little bit more than he can chew in this Western spoof filmed in and around his hometown.
The story? "No-name" (Graham Low) travels in search of The Squint (Oli
van der Vijver) for reasons that we don't know but that we hope will
become clear by the end of the movie. That's it. Along the way,
"No-name" meets up with Running Sore (Martin Curtis) but any actual
development of the plot only serves the set-up and delivery of more
Okay, so it may not be up there with many of the later outings from
Wright in his professional career but his first big-screen outing as
writer and director remains a surprisingly enjoyable experience that
shows a lot of love and care far outweighing the meagre budget and
The Western clichés are adhered to, or subverted, with glee (my
favourite being the saloon that gets noisy and lively when a stranger
enters and then becomes paused when he leaves again) and while they may
not be the biggest or most sophisticated gags in the world I'd have to
give props to Wright for the sheer wealth of comedy that he tries to
cram in there. I was smiling a lot and one or two moments still managed
to make me laugh out loud - a woodland gunfight being one of the best.
The actors, and accents, are pretty bad but they all go along with the
nonsense and deserve points for simply doing their bit to help the
movie get made. Jeremy Beadle and Nicola Stapleton are the only two
faces I recognised from elsewhere, with the former popping up to
provide a great gag if you remember Beadle's About. Oh, and Mr. Wright
himself appears on screen briefly but I'm sure he doesn't put this
appearance at the top of his C.V.
The self-deprecating director often points out the many flaws in this
film and uses it to cite examples of what not to do with your
low-budget first feature but I'd say that he's being a bit too hard on
himself. This stands up as a daft little film that remains a bit of fun
for those who get to see it.
It's a very, very tricky movie to track down but here's an optimistic link anyway