Scott Pilgrim Rocks The Frickin’ World.
Holy shit this movie fucking ruled.
So, yes…the story of a kid who has to defeat 7 of his new girlfriend’s exes in order to insure a happy relationship is admittedly pretty simple -- but it also allows the filmmaker a lot of room to play in. Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Spaced) uses the narrative as a thinly veiled device to show off just what an ingenious visual trickster he is. The whole movie constantly one-ups itself feeling a lot like that scene in Mary Poppins when that crazy broad keeps pulling larger and more impossible items out of her bag. From onscreen character bios and lifebars to visual “sound effects” ripped right out of the old 60’s Batman TV series, calling this movie inventive would be like calling golf “kinda boring.”
Some people have called this the “greatest video game movie ever made” which is something that is simultaneously not exactly huge praise and completely accurate. While technically it’s based on a 6 volume Canadian comic book series, the movie’s flourishes are such a love letter to those 8-bit glory days that anyone who grew up in the late 80’s/early 90’s is going to have some seriously sore cheeks from grinning like an idiot for the entire movie’s runtime (especially if you’ve ever owned an NES).
Remember the first time you saw the “House of Blue Leaves” showdown at the end of Kill Bill Vol. 1 and what a straight up adrenaline rush that sequence was? Now imagine an entire movie filled with scenes as strong as that one and you’ll start to get an idea of just how mindblowing this flick is. It’s easily near the top spot as one of the best comic book adaptations ever made, in the same league as Zack Snyder’s Watchmen in terms of it’s slavish faithfulness and is actually far more successful (as a movie. The comic itself is nowhere near Alan Moore’s actual book, calm down).
After walking out of the theater one friend of mine had no words to describe it other than “rippingly badass” which is the most acurate description I’ve heard. It’s a struggle to restrain myself from listing specifics because to give away any of this movies’ treats would be unforgivable. In fact, the more I think about it the less I can believe that it actually exists. Something that feels so classic yet modern, Scott Pilgrim truly achieves the next level (pun intended) in terms of its cinematic audacity and sheer confidence.
Now for whatever reason this didn’t exactly set the box office on fire this past weekend which is a real shame. I have something to say to those of you who who have ever loved a comic book or woken up with a control pad in your hand and wrote this movie off or went to see something else instead: You owe it to yourself and to this little masterpiece to plunk down ten bucks and catch this thing in the theater before it’s gone (and then another $20 once it hits DVD).
There’s nothing else like it in the world.
P.S. check out this little animated clip before you head out the door. It serves as a pretty cool intro to a lot of the characters: