Based on Canadian cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley’s cult graphic novel, Wright’s movie takes its narrative structure and much of its imagery from the world of video games, yet you don’t need to be a hardened gamer to grasp or enjoy the action. As Michael Cera’s geeky slacker hero strives to win the girl of his dreams by battling her seven evil exes, the notion of him powering-up between levels after each bout had me charmed despite my gaming innocence.
Wright packs in so many puns, in-jokes, whip-smart sight gags and pop culture references that the film repays re-watching again and again. Fortunately, the bonus-packed Blu-ray and DVD releases contain an array of features to help you pick up what you missed first time around.
They include four separate audio commentaries from Wright and O’Malley, and a slew of cast and crew members, including Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Anna Kendrick and Kieran Culkin.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World didn’t get the audience it deserved at the cinema but will surely pick up many more home-viewing fans. And not all of them will be geeks.
Released on Blu-ray & DVD on 27 December.