Playing at Pickford Film Center
112 minutes, English, In Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Third Eye Cinema
Rated PG-13: stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references
Directed by Edgar Wright
Scott Pilgrim is fun and fresh enough on each viewing to almost demand an annual rewatch, and putting it on the big screen gives us the chance to experience the packed-theater-box-office-smash that should have been. Wright’s meticulous filmmaking creates punchy verbal and visual comedy, tight action sequences, and singular characters for whom depth is not dependent on screen time. Veterans of the Michael-Cera-plays-himself-in-every-film era will agree this performance stands out, and then-burgeoning superstars Brie Larson, Aubrey Plaza, and Chris Evans are among a knockout cast. At risk of overextending the film’s star power, music from Metric, Broken Social Scene, Beck, and Nigel Godrich invent a soundscape that transports us to the beloved venues of Toronto’s indie music scene of the mid-to-late aughts.
-Skyler Hunt, projectionist