Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World ★★★

"Tell that to the cleaning lady on Monday... Because you'll be dust by Monday. And the cleaning lady, she cleans. Dust. She dusts."

Based on a graphic novel series, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World tells the story of a young rock musician who falls in love with a mysterious girl with pink hair. But to date her, he must not just fight, but defeat, her seven evil exes.

It's surprising that this film wasn't as commercially successful as it was expected to be. Sure, it may not be to everyone's tastes - it probably helps if you're into that kind of music - and it's not hard to see why quite a lot of people don't like it. What isn't so surprising is that it has since developed a cult following - let's remember, this is a film directed by none other than Edgar Wright, the man behind Channel 4 sitcom Spaced and the Three Colours Cornetto Trilogy.

I'm a huge fan of Wright's, particularly his directing style. He is probably one of the best comedy directors working today, and there are YouTube videos dedicated to his flair for visual and physical comedy. This is all on show in Scott Pilgrim. While it may not be up there with, say, Hot Fuzz (in my opinion one of the best-directed comedies I've seen and one of the best-directed films of 2007), there's plenty to like. The colourful visuals, while perhaps slightly too comic book- and video game-esque for their own good, are dazzling to look at, and the script is actually very funny when it isn't trying to be too quirky. The character of Scott Pilgrim (a suitable Michael Cera) is a bit of a wet fish, which is probably the intention. It's actually the supporting characters I found more interesting, such as Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead - great), the object of Scott's affections; Wallace (Kieran Culkin - brilliant), Scott's gay roommate; Kim (Alison Pill - brilliant), the acid-tongued drummer of Scott's band; Scott's sister, Stacey (Anna Kendrick - always wonderful) and his bitchy ex-girlfriend, Julie (Aubrey Plaza - brilliant).

The jokes are sometimes pushed a bit too far, to the point where the dialogue and characters can become slightly annoying, but Edgar Wright's razor-sharp direction and the quick-fire editing (a Wright trademark) hold it together. Again, not to all tastes, but worth seeing to discover whether it's to your own.

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