Summer Blockbuster Preview: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

In our latest Summer Blockbuster Preview, we check out Edgar Wright’s fantasy comedy Scott Pilgrim Vs The World…

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

What Is It?

An adaptation of one book in Bryan Lee O’Malley’s six-part comic series, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is colourful post-modern mash-up of romantic comedy, fantasy and kung-fu movie.

Michael Cera stars as Scott, the 23-year-old slacker bass player who falls madly in love with Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). But before they can even consider going out on a date, there’s a catch: Scott must first defeat Ramona’s seven evil exes.

What follows is a series of increasingly outlandish scenes of armed and unarmed combat, a little like Enter The Dragon viewed through a filter of hallucinogens, with underdog hero Scott sent bouncing of steel girders and crashing into walls a hundred feet off the ground.

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Who’s Behind It?

British comedy director Edgar Wright, most famous for the hit series Spaced and movies Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, is the man with the megaphone. Wright is also responsible for co-writing the screenplay with Michael Bacall, who was last seen penning the script for the 2003 comedy Bookies (no, we haven’t seen it either), and has also recently been signed up to write the forthcoming Les Grossman movie.

Lead actor Michael Cera is a veteran of well-received comedies such as Superbad, and turned in a tender performance as Ellen Page’s tongue-tied boyfriend Paulie in 2007’s Juno. Co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead has appeared in a diverse array of movies, from horror sequel The Ring Two, Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, and as John McClane’s daughter in Die Hard 4.

Why Should I Watch It?

There have been some early complaints from readers of the Scott Pilgrim comics that Michael Cera’s performance – which displays many of the awkward tics he brought to his roles in Superbad and Juno – is too far removed from the Scott’s character in the comic book, but there’s no denying Cera’s likeability and charm. From early footage released thus far, it’s clear that director Edgar Wright has also managed to recreate much of the colour and vibrancy of O’Malley’s work on the big screen, with some of the comic’s panels also taken as direct inspiration for the movie’s shots.

At the very least, the terrific trailers doing the rounds over the past few months have shown immense promise, with its fight scenes filled with humour and impact, as well as welcome nods to classic videogames and kung-fu movies – Juno director even described Pilgrim as “the first all-encompassing film of the joystick generation.”

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For Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim is safe territory – the director’s seldom better than when he’s giving an established genre an unusual twist, having already riffed gleefully on the conventions of the zombie horror and buddy cop movie with Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz respectively. Scott Pilgrim looks as though it provides a similar twist on the often-predictable format of the romantic comedy. If the finished movie can maintain the momentum of the numerous trailers already seen, the result could be a film with an especially broad appeal.

In between the laughs and the special effects, Cera and Winstead appear to make an engagingly odd couple, with Cera’s wide-eyed awkwardness creating an entertaining contrast to Winstead’s cool worldliness.

Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the source comics or not, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World looks like a lot of fun – and any film that uses a tagline like “An epic tale of epic epicness” is hard to resist.

Bluntly, this is easily one of our absolute must-watch movies of the year…

UK release date: 13 AugustUS release date: 13 August