I just got home from a 7:30pm showing of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and from the moment the “Universal Studios” logo came on the screen to now, I still can’t wipe the smile off my face.
I can’t imagine there is anyone who would read this post or my blog who hasn’t heard off this movie – but just in case – this is a movie based on a 6-part series of very popular graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley that I became aware of maybe a year ago thanks to the guys over at Geekshow Entertainment. I’ve read the first 5 books, but didn’t finish the series (book 6 came out last month) before seeing the movie. I’m not sure if/how the ending is any different – but I think I am happy that I chose to see how they end the movie first so I don’t have the books to hold it up in judgment against. But not to worry, I’ll eventually read the final book.
As for this movie adaptation, to me it was as if the book was magically transferred to film perfectly. The books are pays homage to everyone who loves to play video games, and the movie pays homage to everyone who loves video games and comic books. You can tell that director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) was a fan of these books and didn’t want to just tell the Scott Pilgrim story on film. He wanted to give us the Scott Pilgrim experience, the vision of Bryan Lee O’Malley, in movie form and I really think he did that.
I was convinced that if I wanted to see this movie in the theaters I would be going alone. I didn’t think that any of my friends or my wife would be interested. Well, I was right about the wife thing – but was happily surprised when my best friend actually asked me if I wanted to go to see it opening night. The key thing here – he’s a huge Michael Cera fan.
I’ve been a fan of Michael Cera since his Arrested Development days and I must say that I’ve become more impressed with this guy with every movie he’s made. His awkwardness and deadpan deliveries, as well as his ability to play the perfect unassuming wise-ass, made his the absolute perfect choice for the title role of Scott Pilgrim.
Kudos to the casting director(s) for bringing together a perfect group to the shoes of all the characters O’Malley created, and also to Kieran Culkin for his role of Pilgrim’s roommate Wallace Wells who stole just about every scene he was in.
This movie was loud, brash, beautiful, unbelievable, ridiculous, colorful, hilarious, touching, and fun-as-hell.
And I loved every minute of it.