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A Movie a Week #7: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

Okay, so I know what you’re thinking, comic book movies are released every other week these days, why should we give two Koopa Coins about this one?  Well for starters, this isn’t any old comic book movie; Scott Pilgrim Vs The World will lure you in, kick you in the arse and have you coming back for more before you even know what’s hit you.  Adapted from Bryan Lee O’Malley’s series of popular graphic novels, Edgar Wright’s blockbuster debut follows the troubles of Scott Pilgrim, a lover, a slacker and a bassist for the garage band Sex Bob-omb.  Scott’s simple little life is turned upside down when he falls head over heels for the mysterious Ramona Flowers and is forced to do battle with her league of Evil Ex’s if he wants to continue dating her.  Brit director Edgar Wright, famous for his reality with a twist movies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz couldn’t have picked a better movie to mark his transition into Hollywood.  Hip, fast paced and action packed, watching Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is like being sucker punched…but in the best possible way.  One moment you’re enjoying the best romantic comedy to hit the big screen in recent years, admiring the goofy Scott trying to woo the ever so chic Ramona, then BOOM you’re being attacked by a super powered Vegan (Evil Ex#3:Todd Ingram).

Michael Cera defies expectations as Scott, playing our hero commendably close to his comic book counterpart and generating a lot of laughs in the process.  And out of the amazing supporting cast, it’s Scott’s gay roommate Wallace Wells played to perfection by Kieran Culkin and Jason Schwartzman as penultimate Evil Ex Gideon Graves who steal the most scenes.  What makes the adaptation more enjoyable than most comic book movies is the fact that we already know these characters.  The layabouts, the hipsters, the frustrated musicians – they’re all instantly relatable and their humour likewise.  Wright is infamous in certain circles for his heroic ability to ingest copious amounts of caffeine, and if his latest work is anything to go by, then all the rumours must be true.  The British director injects his own brand of humour and fast-paced charm into what was an already stylish and very funny source material.  The end product is sort of rom-com on crack, a movie that guarantees, no matter what your opinion of it, that you won’t forget it any time soon.

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is in cinemas now.


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