19 Aug 2010

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is undoubtedly one of the most original and unique films you are likely to see this year. Far from the first comic book adaptation, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is one of the first films to capture that artistic style in a truly memorable way.

3 years on from his last film Hot Fuzz, director Edgar Wright returns with a film based on Bryan Lee O'Malley’s comic book Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life. Right from the opening Universal Pictures titles, the video-game iconography and slick editing point to a film that Edgar Wright describes as “a film … infused with the mass media that this generation has grown up with”. Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno) stars as Scott Pilgrim, a 23 year-old bass player in the rock band Sex Bob-omb. From out of nowhere he meets Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and instantly his life is transformed. However this may not all be to Pilgrim’s liking, who in the midst of his attempted seduction, suddenly finds himself dropped into various duels with Flowers’ 7 evil exes. Sound difficult? It may well be as Pilgrim soon discovers these are duels to the death. If he really wants to win her heart, this will be the toughest quest of his life.
Anyone who has ever spent any time playing computer games will enjoy the choreography of Pilgrim’s pursuit. Throughout all this, one overpowering feature of this film is how unbelievably funny it is. Within the setting of increasingly crazy and exaggerated events, the snappy and witty dialogue keeps the film rattling along at a pace in keeping with its swift editing. Backed by a superb cast, Edgar Wright does a magnificent job at infusing comedy, romance, action and fantasy into proceedings. Quite frankly, anyone who leaves the cinema in anything other than a very good mood after watching this highly entertaining film probably doesn’t have a soul.

Richard Williams

Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Jason Schwartzman


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