Scott Pilgrim is the bob-omb. Go get a tardy pass and catch up.
It’s bizarre that a film that has everything cool in it couldn’t busker coffee change on its release. It’s an indie film from an indie comic that slashcuts indie punk, video games, manga, and Bollywood into one effervescent Molotov. It has a cast to die for, led by the note-perfect Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, with devious turns by hero-film faves like Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, and Tom Jane sending themselves up. Its soundtrack has you pumping fists from the first 60 seconds, and why are you still sitting there? See it or see it again already.
The film reverently translates Bryan Lee O’Malley’s hybrid of Manga and western indie comics, which spanned six volumes and years. O’Malley’s odd/ysey blendered "Ranma1/2", Atari and Nintendo, Tezuka, street culture, musichead references, comix confessionals, and slapstick chaos. It was the life of every ’80s child strobed four-to-the-bar. Volumes even came with soundtrack playlists. While the book found its audience steadily through comic shops and word of mouth, the film stumbled quickly at the box office and found its feet through video. Though that’s hip in an ’80s cult way, too.
Scott Pilgrim should have been an immediate smash. But maybe it’s cooler—and more apt—that it builds its cult status one convert at a time.