Trailer Tuesday: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
If the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World isn't the hyper-geekiest, Generation-Y, "WTF?!" thing I've ever seen, I don't know what is. It starts off like a thousand other hipster indie romantic comedies before veering into full blown comic book, anime and video game stylisation. I can honestly say that if you hate any of those 3 entertainment mediums, you should stay far, far away from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World because you will just not understand or appreciate it.
For the record, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is based on a cult, cartoony-looking comic book series by Bryan Lee O'Malley (which I'm sad to say I haven't read). Like the comic, the film follows the exact same storyline: charming 23 year old slacker and bass guitarist Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), who has had some relationship trouble in the past, finally meets the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). The only problem is that if Scott wants to be with Ramona, he first has to fight and defeat her seven evil exes - who jealously control Ramona's love life, and who range from rock stars to skateboarders to sinister identical twins.
So why should we care about a film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World? Well, first of all the film is helmed by British writer-director Edgar Wright (on Twitter here), a big time movie geek who has previously been responsible for the outstanding genre-melding comedies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Wright knows how to play with genre conventions for maximum comic effect.
The second big selling point of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is its fantastic young cast, which, along with Cera, includes Chris Evans, Jason Schwartzman and Brandon Routh as 3 of the evil exes, along with Anna Kendrick, Johnny Simmons and Kieran Culkin. Of course, as we're dealing with comic-to-film adaptations, it's probably worth pointing out at this point that Evans is Fantastic Four's Johnny Storm (and soon to be Captain America) and Routh of course made a name for himself as the new movie Superman.
Finally, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World seems to be part of an exciting new fantasy movie trend. With Kick-Ass also releasing in the next month or so, 2010 looks to be shaping up as the year that proves flavoursome, and very funny, comic-to-film adaptations can be made that eschew iconic, ability-enhanced heroes in favour of considerably more ordinary characters and "real world" settings.
Scott Pilgrim is releasing in the United States on 13 August. I have absolutely no clue when the film will hit South African cinemas, but hopefully it will be sometime between the beginning of August and the end of October.