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:: Scott Pilgrim vs The World

It may seem too early to be producing nostalgic geek films for people in their 20s, but Scott Pilgrim vs The World has arrived onto the cinema screen to warm the cockles of their hearts nonetheless. Michael Cera is typically cast as the geeky, bumbling, but rather sweet Scott Pilgram. Still broken hearted after being dumped Scott dating a high schooler, between jobs and playing in a struggling band. He soon develops a crush on the mysterious Ramona, and begins pursuing the girl literally of his dreams.

But in order to win Ramona he must first defeat her seven evil exes. Please, don’t think too much about why he needs to do this or whether it makes sense. The film is then able to become a screen version of the arcade game Mortal Kombat as Scott battles his way one-on-one through all seven former partners. Unfortunately for him, Scott doesn’t know who they are or when they will appear, or their special powers. Mortal Kombat was very popular in the 1990s, and unless you know the game or others such as Zelda or Super Mario then you probably won’t get it.

Directed by Edgar Wright, this is a very hard film to describe. The narrative jumps around (much like the games it is channelling) and skips forward in order to move onto the next scenario quickly, much like a transporting character from a computer game. The editing is quick and tight, the colours flashy and bright, but the storyline is very simple and enjoyable. Sometimes seven exes feels too many, and the situation can become a little tired. But the deadpan humour between fights manages to keep the audience interested and entertained.

This is a fun film, if you understand where it’s coming from. It has arcade games, Seinfeld references and a Culkin (Kieran, not McCauley, but you can’t be picky) which is basically what the 90s where all about. For those not au fait with all the Gen Y references, it’s one of the more different and creative movies you’ll see this year but you might find it hard work. Like Shaun of the Dead, Wright may have another cult classic on his hands.