By Arturo R. García
For the record, I found Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World to be more enjoyable than its’ box-office performance would indicate. It’s basically a next-gen John Hughes story, complete with relatively decent, if oblivious, suburbanite kids (aside from our “hero,” of course, but we’ll get to him in a little while).
The film’s biggest problem might have been Universal’s decision to push it onto the multiplex circuit despite expecting it to flop.* Which makes the decision by writer/director Edgar Wright (Wright shares writing credits with Michael Bacall) to adapt five of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s six Pilgrim stories into one film even more disappointing. As a result, a year’s worth of story beats fly by way too fast (admittedly, in very shiny fashion) and characters suffer for it. Particularly the film’s collection of Asian-Canadian characters.