Friday, 13 August 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World *****

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This isn't your typical dose of a super hero movie; this is an injection of life into cinema that you'll find hard to compare to any other film you've watched. The geek-chic appeal it provides, along with the comic book style editing and gaming type action behind it makes it perfect for any film fan wanting something new. As well as this, the charming, endearing characters and the quick wit humour makes this film an all round original piece of entertainment, taking you on a virtual ride with Scott Pilgrim.

Directed by Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead), the editing behind it is hard to go unnoticed. The biggest amount of care and attention to gaming fans has taken this film to the next level. By placing in captions like "And then..." on a blank screen to skip a few hours in the film, and putting words like "Whaaaaaaack!" directly onto the picture homes in on the indie comic book readers which will appreciate the quirky characteristics linking back to the very popular comics written by Bryan Lee O'Malley. To top this off, the art work created in the books is included in the film. What more could an avid fan want?!

If you're thinking this is just another chance for Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim) to play the adorable nerd, you'd be right. But there's just something about this film which has brought this sense of awakening to his acting. He makes a great super hero. One that's not there to save the world, but there to get what he wants - His gorgeous little scene chick Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). She in herself is a powerful member of this uber cool cast and creates the complicated dynamics of the relationship perfectly. You can see why she's got 7 evil ex's, she's enchanting and mysterious. Along with this, Alison Pill (Kim Pine), Kieran Culkin (Wallace Wells) Anna Kendrick (Stacey Pilgrim) and of course Ellen Wong (Knifes Chau) bring essential comical plot drives and character developments which keep this film at a pace so hard to lose interest from.

Speaking of, the action is incredible! Scott Pilgrim's whole premise is to defeat the pretty cruel and mocking ex's of Ramona to win her over. Who would have thought you could create 7 separate scenes of incredible animated action all leaving your mouth wide open as you're watching the fights take place. They're not gory or realistic, they're purposefully immensely unreal, showing how Wright's mind wondered when he read the books as the scenes took place. You're left watching this piece of film that just blows your mind with excitement.

It isn't just based on the action though. It shows a typical young 20 year old trying to make something of himself. Scott's in a band dreaming of something huge. He goes to house parties, he fools around with girls. He shares a gritty looking house with a gay room mate. He's your average guy that falls in love. This is what separates it from other super hero films. We're not watching someone who is a million miles away from us, we're watching someone like us. Added with this, it's genuinely a very funny film. Of course you would expect this from Wright, but he's turned an action film into something fun, silly and completely likeable by all audiences. It really isn't a let down to fans anticipating this film since they first heard about it, and it will definitely be something that captures new lovers everyday.

This is a glorious piece of Hollywood genius. It brings this sense of imagination out that's rarely been attempted before in cinema. It's just too good to describe. You'll laugh, you'll be sitting on the edge of your seat, you'll feel a connection with the characters and you'll be stunned at the creativity. If you do one thing this summer, see this unexpected triumph.

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