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John A Massie's Review

Created Oct 02, 2010 04:00PM PST • Edited Oct 02, 2010 04:00PM PST

  1. Quality
  2. Very Good 3.5

    I think my main problem with this film is that because I’m such a huge fan of both director Edgar Wright and the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels, I got my expectations to a level where nothing short of the next Godfather would have fulfilled them. That said the film is definantly very enjoyable and rewatchable (I had to see it twice to seperate it from my hype and it was still fun the second time round).

    As an adaption of the graphic novels, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is a very streamlined, yet quite successfull adaption. It changing or removing what it needs to to keep the films momentum going, the screenplay still managed to have character arcs for most of the main support cast and, like all Edgar Wright films, provide a lot of great small moments of just sublime blink and miss it comedy details.

    In any other directors hands, the film would have been not as good. Wright has been using a muted version of this style for years (at least as far back as amazing British TV show Spaced), and any other director would be experimenting with this film, trying things out, being stuck with things they thought would work but didn’t. Not Edgar Wright, for him with his experience he knows what will work and he made it work.

    Overall, I enjoyed this film more for Edgar Wright than anything else. Its clearly the worst of his thre films (Although to be fair, all but a handful of comedies are also worse than Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) but the his ability to provide sublime little moments of perfect comedy and his his crisp, razor sharp edited visual style allowed to run absolutley wild redeem a film my own expectations kinda ruined for me.

  3. Great 4.0
  4. Male Stars Great 4.0
  5. Female Stars Very Good 3.5
  6. Female Costars Really Great 4.5
  7. Male Costars Perfect 5.0
  8. Perfect 5.0
  9. Direction Perfect 5.0
  10. Play Really Great 4.5
  11. Music Perfect 5.0
  12. Visuals Perfect 5.0
  13. Content
  14. Risqué 2.5
  15. Sex Titillating 2.5
  16. Violence Brutal 3.0
  17. Rudeness Salty 2.0
  18. Fantasy 5.0
  19. Circumstantial Fantasy 5.0
  20. Biological Fantasy 5.0
  21. Physical Fantasy 5.0


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