Strap in, once you start watching Scott Pilgrim there’s no chance of any respite. I suggest you run to the toilet now, you’re in for a bumpy ride. And what a ride it is!
Based on the work of cultish author Bryan Lee O’Malley, Edgar Wright brings this frenetic teenage angst story to the screen with aplomb. Although it didn’t prove lucrative at the box office, it is a very impressive, personal film from a director and team (most notably editors Machliss & Amos) who clearly has a deep passion for geeky nostalgia and devotion to the graphic novel styling. The eternally youthful Michael Cera is fantastic in the central role, but miniature Kieran Culkin steals the show as Scott’s lustrous, bed-sharing roommate.
As well as an appreciation for how crucial a decent editor is (in this frequent collaborators and fellow Brit-men Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos).
It’s Spaced on speed. Watch it, have a breather, then watch it again and pick up on all those jokes and references you missed first time around. Repeat as necessary.