There was quite a bit of hype and expectation surrounding Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World when it was released back in 2010. Based on the hugely popular Bryan Lee O’Malley comic book, it also had, arguably, the world’s best young comedy director Edgar Wright overseeing a sensational ensemble cast. But then no one went to see it. Which means that, despite sterling reviews, Scott Pilgrim is very much a cult commodity now. That didn’t stop the good folks over at Honest Trailers from ripping it into smithereens though, which you can watch in all of its glory below.
Thank the heavens for Edgar Wright’s resplendent visual flair and idiosyncratic way of telling jokes on screen. Because his style, which I’ll admit overwhelms the substance of Scott Pilgrim just a tad, also stopped me from every realising how much I hate pretty much all the characters, especially Michael Cera's, in this hipster blockbuster. Except for Anna Kendrick’s, who, as per usual, immediately makes you realise that everyone you know is a cretin in comparison to her.
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World’s box office whimper was obviously not completely down to the repeated monotonous moaning of Michael Cera’s titular character. But it didn’t really help. Nor did the fact that Scott Pilgrim had absolutely zero personality (yet seemed to be an absolute chick magnet). Plus, as Honest Trailers points out, Pilgrim also has both the face and body of a toddler. Actually his body was, apparently, more reminiscent of a stretched out toddler, rather than just your everyday toddler.
Obviously, the biggest flaw in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World was that Michael Cera somehow managed to beat Chris Evans in a fight. That’s right: George Michael Bluth somehow overcame Captain America himself in a tussle.
On a more serious note, just the above peek at Edgar Wright’s visual tour-de-force immediately made me happy. But it also made me even more frustrated about the lack of success that Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World had when it was first released. The repercussions were also rather huge, too, because if Scott Pilgrim had been a success there’s every chance that Marvel would have allowed Edgar Wright to direct Ant-Man in the style and vision that he originally intended.
Obviously, Ant-Man was still an enjoyable and entertaining film, but the lack of Edgar Wright movies in recent years is hard to stomach. Thankfully though, Wright currently has four films in different stages of development. The first of which, Baby Driver, is due on in March, 2017. So all hope is far from lost.