In the ever-expanding sea of comics-based movies, this year has given us two that got it right. One was Kick-Ass and now we have Scott Pilgrim, based on the graphic novel by Toronto artist Bryan Lee O’Malley.
The movie uses the comics aesthetics and video game imagery from the series to create a unique visual style that pop out of the screen and complements the off-the-wall humor of original material perfectly. Androgynous Michael Cera gives Scott a boyish look and innocent aura that makes his awesome fighting scenes and general rocking out all the more satisfying and exciting. The girls are good too, even though Scott’s object of desire wears too many bad wigs. And Brandon Routh plays another super-powered being.
An added bonus is the fact that the movie is set in Toronto, so lots of familiar sights and real places (even the inside of a streetcar!) Zany, frantic, absurd and thoroughly fun -- Scott Pilgrim has it all.