Toying with a story that definitely kicks ass, but don’t let me put thoughts in your head.
Widely recognised for his work with Simon Pegg on the brilliant British films Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007) Edgar Wright has written and directed an adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic book series Scott Pilgrim. The action romantic comedy follows Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) who having found the girl of his dreams Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) must defeat her seven evil exes. It is beautifully written as it hits all of the required notes of an action romance comedy. With the hit Rom Com Zom (Shaun of the Dead) under his belt Wright is fast becoming a revolutionary of the film industry with his hybrid film genres.
What makes the seemingly simple screenplay brilliant is Edgar Wright’s unusual directing style. He combines his own domestic fast jump cuts with Tarantino esque titles to breaking traditional film making rules; and for that alone I love it.
However, the problem I encountered with this film is that some of Wright’s directorial decisions are needless. The most notable of these is a flashback, which really slows the film down and because of this Scott Pilgrim vs. The World felt as long as its title.
With a brilliant script to work from it isn’t surprising that the entire cast acted well. Even the smaller roles like Chris Evans (Lucas Lee), Jason Schwartzman (Gideon Graves), Aubrey Plaza (Julie Powers) and Kieran Culkin (Wallace Wells) turning out top quality performances.
After the dire Youth in Revolt (2009) Michael Cera had a lot of work to do to re-establish himself as the phenomenal actor we saw in Superbad ().The problem is that aside from names, he’s always playing the same character and I feared I had become fed up with him as typecast personification of teenage angst, but much to my relief he was amazing. After watching the film I soon realised that he is the only actor who could have played Scott Pilgrim.
With contenders for “film of the year” queuing up thick and fast Scott Pilgrim vs The World was going to have to be phenomenal to surpass the likes of Kick-Ass, Inception and Toy Story 3. Sadly I don’t think it does. Scott Pilgrim is insane, brilliant and geeky, but it isn’t enough to reach a 10/10 – only a 9/10.