Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Wright, 2010)IMDB Link
And its Michael Cera again, in another quirky, cutesy rom-com with chic geek undertones. This time around, I'm more pleased with the outcome.
I think one of the reason might be that it is directed by Edgar Wright, he of "Hot Fuzz", "Shaun of the Dead", and the TV show "Spaced", all works that are lovingly stuffed with pop-culture homages.
There is three ingredients to a Wright work.
1) Pop culture homages
2) Confused twenty-somethings trying to find their way through life
Directors like Wright are successful for the same reasons that Apatow's movies work with young men. We are a generation of men that desires love and happiness, and not been able to fully show it or express it, are able to understand it by analogy of things they liked as kids. If you are talking to me about love, why not throw in a few zombies at the same time? It's easier for me to concentrate and get.
In "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World", Scott is desiring a new pink-haired girl and to get to her, he has to learn to communicate with her, understand her internal issues, and be able to come in terms with the fact that she had past relationships. All very grown-up and mature, but won't it help if we throw in a bit of 90s fighter games in it? How about having him literally fight each evil boyfriend in Street Fighter-style battles, get points, and advance each level.
Edgar Wright would make a great professor. I'd love him to write books or give lectures on in-depth scientific concepts using zombies and Mario. I'd learn much faster.4/5