Title: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Director: Edgar Wright Year: 2010 Run time: 1hr 52m
“Game on! Scott Pilgrim just met the girl of his dreams…literally. But in order for them to date, he must defeat her seven evil exes – a rogues’ gallery – including an infamous skateboarder, a vegan rock star and fearsome identical twins! From the genre-smashing director of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead comes “a true original” (Entertainment Weekly) powered up by wit, action and groundbreaking visuals that you will want to watch again as soon as it’s over!”
0:05 – 8-bit Universal logo is hilarious. 5:05 – “Are you really happy or are you evil?’ 7:42 – Is that some kind of ninja dance machine? I love it. 9:46 – Dude has a bunker. I’d be best friends with him. 13:59 – “I’ll leave you alone forever now.” 17:01 – Wallace is my favourite. 22:08 – Seems to snow a lot in Toronto, very beautiful for filming. 25:50 – Worst chat up lines ever. “We’re terrible, please come?” And “I could not have tea.” 32:54 – Message learnt – always read ALL your emails. 36:42 – I like the purple hearts. 42:40 – ARE there half bases? 53:55 – Haha, escaping from the building through the glass means you really don’t want to see someone. 58:43 – “All our shows are secret shows.” 1:07:49 – Deconstructing threats to make him doubt himself is hilarious. 1:15:05 – Bi-furious! 1:24:07 – Gaffa taped up bass guitar is cute. 1:31:44 – I knew Coke Zero was cool. 1:35:31 – One end of level boss clearly not enough! 1:38:59 – Of all the noises, the Mac error noise following you around is crazy. 1:47:06 – “Bye and stuff.”
I’ve always been a bit nervous of watching this - I know that people love it, but it is high concept and that’s always a risk. Having seen it, I’m disappointed I didn’t watch it sooner!
It took a little while to totally get in the groove - Edgar Wright has a very specific style and with the comic book elements as well, you just have to sort of adapt to the new world you’re in. But once there, it was brilliant: clever, crafty, creative and stacked full with a great cast.
It’s fast-paced, so you have to pay attention and I suspect it is one of those that when you re-watch, you pick up lots of things you missed first time round. Great stuff!