Comic-Con 2010: Quick Review of Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim!
by Alex Billington
July 28, 2010
I got to watch Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at Comic-Con last week and I've been kicking myself about not writing anything about it since. I saw at a special secret premiere on Thursday night, which I followed with Flynn's Arcade's re-opening, then lots of glorious sleep because I was already exhausted and immediately crashed after I returned to my hotel. But if my tweet was any indication ("Scott Pilgrim vs the World was AMAZING! Wow just wow. Edgar Wright's BEST movie. Totally loved it!") I absolutely adored it, easily one of my favorites of the year, a kick ass, visually energetic, totally awesome comic book adaptation.
First off, I've got to hand it to Universal at Comic-Con this year, as they pulled off some fantastic marketing for Scott Pilgrim at Comic-Con, with this (and other) surprise screenings and lots more. It's now coming out of the Con with a lot of buzz, which it certainly deserves as it's a great movie. But I fear it's generational, as in if you're not the kind of person who grew up loving video games, comic books and geeking out like Scott does in Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novels, you're probably not going to like this too much. That includes not enjoying Edgar Wright's very fast paced, energetic, visually striking style that works perfectly in the film.
The best part about Scott Pilgrim (for me at least) is that it's exactly like the comics, complete with the little identification black boxes, video game and comic references galore, and no explanations for anything. That's not a bad thing either, there is no explanation for Ramona's weird "subspace" scenes in the books, so why do we need one in the movie? Nor is there an explanation for how Scott knows all that martial arts and can kick anyone's ass with any kind of video game weapon or otherwise. But who cares, right? This is about watching Scott defeat Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends at any cost. And also collect the coins that they leave behind.
While some older critics may disagree, I loved nearly every second of Scott Pilgrim, from start to finish. The fight scenes are incredible, some of the best video game/comic book/music mash-ups I've ever seen on the big screen. I think Wright has defined a new visual style that we'll soon see other lesser movies ripping off in the future. It gets a little slow during the downtimes, like it needed a bit more magic with the romance, but I still found myself geeking out in my own seat watching each and every fight. The music in it is fantastic, too, and if you weren't already planning on picking up the soundtrack, you'll certainly want it after seeing this.
I can really only speak for myself and what I thought of Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim adaptation and I truly did love it, as I expected I would. If you're also of this generation and love comic books, video games, and great music as much as I do, make it your mission to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at any cost, you won't be let down. It kicks ass; in fact, it's a total knock out, unquestionably one of my favorite movies of 2010.