…directs movie based on a graphic novel: Check!
…which involves cool special effects: Check!
…based on retro video games: Check!
…and anime: Check!
…with Michael Cera as the hero: Oh well, nothing’s perfect.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has the makings of a classic, if only a geek’s classic. Anyone who isn’t into videogames, or the internet, or Japanese animation will be pretty lost among the jokes and visuals of this movie, although you could just enjoy it on that other, shallower level if you really want to.
The villains are excellent. Each one is different from the last and far from what could be easy stereotypes. Chris Evans and Brandon Routh pretty much ham themselves up throughout with tongues wedged in respective cheeks. Routh’s vegan superhero is a particular favourite. The fact that he’s arrested by Thomas Jane (of multitudinous B-Movie pseudo-fame) had me pointing at the screen, and giggling.
The style of the movie is, without question, incredible. Edgar Wright puts in his standard enthusiasm and vision into making the videogame references etc. gel rather than jar. And even better, he doesn’t use it as a gimmick. The visuals are a prime ingredient to the entire story. For anyone who has read a graphic novel, this is the movie that other comic book movies have tried to look like (with the exception of Sin City which is still better). Even the music of Sex Bob-omb works well with the hectic pace of the fight scenes.
Basically, although it’s got Cera, and it kind of drags in parts, and the fact that you’re certain there could have been more at the end, it’s quite good. Well worth watching once, even if you don’t add it to your DVD collection. Which I probably will.
“New game: Which Ramona Flowers hair colour would you snog, shag and marry?”