Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Release Year: 2010
Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Edgar Wright (screenplay), Michael Bacall (screenplay), Bryan Lee O’Malley (based on his graphic novels)
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Ellen Wong, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman, Brie Larson, Aubrey Plaza, Satya Bhabha, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Erik Knudsen, Mae Whitman
Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) falls head-over-heels in love with Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) but has to defeat her seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
There are many examples of graphic novels to movie adaptations that fall flat on the ground, but then, once in while, a true gem like Scott Pilgrim comes along. Co-written and directed by Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, 2007) the film maintains his style dominated by inventive editing and visual gags even though lacking the Britishness of his work with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. This time around it is more like Edgar Wright on coke, fitting the style of the graphic novel source material on which it is based, as he takes on Canada. Canadian Indie star Michal Cera (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, 2008) stars as Scott Pilgrim, a young man who is busy feeling sorry for himself when his life is turne upside down an enigmatic American girl who has just moved to icy cold Toronto. Suddenly, he finds himself locked in a game-like battle against her exes. Cera is perfect for the role, and Culkin is excellent as his passive-agressive roommate. It’s fun and funny, has great indie rock numbers, and is a weird loveletter to arcade games. Highly recommended but porbably not to everyone’s taste.
The four cast members who made up the band The Sex Bob-Ombs” spend several weeks before shooting began learning to play together as a band. Alison Pill, Mark Webber, and Johnny Simmons had to learn their instruments from scratch, while Michael Cera had to dumb down his bass playing so as not to outshine the others.
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