Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) by Edgar Wright
There’s so much cool coming at you in this film (and right from the start with the über nifty Universal Studios 8-bit opening theme), it’s unbelievable. The visual effects are not just stunning to look at, they’re also very cleverly embedded in the storytelling (e.g. Ramona Flowers is the hot girl so it’s no wonder than when she roller-skates her way through the snowy streets of Toronto, she leaves a trail of melted snow behind)… Candy for the eyes (and the ears), really.
But even though the film is technically incredibly precise (probably leaving very little latitude for improv acting), it still manages to feel completely loose and spontaneous, and that’s thanks to the excellent cast: all young actors but all veteran performers. They seem incredibly engaged in their parts and it’s clear that they’re having tremendous fun. There are quite a few scene stealers among them — Kieran Culkin and Johnny Simmons most noticeably. Jason Schwartzman, Alison Pill and Culkin are old favourites of mine and they certainly don’t disappoint here. As for Michael Cera, I think he’s tonally perfect as Scott (contrary to most people, I don’t have Cera fatigue). There’s this little pun he likes to use when talking about Edgar Wright: Edgar’s middle name is Gets It, as in Edgar Gets It Wright… Lame? Sure, but damn right he is.
Favourite scene: Scott and Knives’s neat little ninja choreography over the arcade game they’re playing together (the first time around).
Favourite Evil Ex: Roxy. For her moves, her visual gimmicks, her look, and her ‘tude obviously.