Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
For anyone who grew up with the now vintage computer and video games of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a tour de force of cheap nostalgia and creative moviemaking, from the Universal theme of the opening credits and right until the boss fight leaves our protagonist Scott Pilgrim with $7,777,777 coins. Based on the graphic novel series "Scott Pilgrim" by Canadian Bryan Lee O'Malley, this movie/computer game hybrid creates its own universe and its own set of rules, as director Edgar Wright utilizes a combo of bygone and modern visual effects to weave the two mediums together. The result is often hilaroius, even if the story which unfolds is as dumb as the stories from the computer games it draws inspiration from, and even if the performances, even Michael Cera's in the lead, remain one-note. Some great dialogue and a well of funny details keeps the pace and fun up for an hour and a half, before it all drains up in the final part. The filmmakers should have known that this kind of film is doomed to become overlong at nearly two hours, but that doesn't mean the first three quarters of the film can't be viewed again and again, as this is potential cult material.