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Friday 8 November 2013, 10:27

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

I’ve programmed Scott Pilgrim Versus The World at the Cinemagic festival in Belfast this month. It was a flop on release but now I can’t find anyone who will admit to not liking it.

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    Comment number 1.

    I have not commented before, but I am compelled by this blog to throw my hat in and declare how much I hated Scott Pilgrim.

    I went in wanting to love it, having been a fan of Edgar Wright and the cast's previous work and also being a fan of coming-of-age romances as well as left-field independent comedies. However... I found the film to be ugly, obnoxious, smug, humourless, annoying and empty from the unnecessarily in-your-face opening credits. I failed to engage with the central relationship between Scott and Ramona as she came across and cold, aloof, manipulative and empty. With such a lack of charisma and personality, how am I supposed to buy that these ex-boyfriends and Scott would fight to the death for her?

    I'm sorry Dr. Kermode but I believe this film got exactly what it deserved upon it's release, and I am more surprised that it has achieved any kind of cult status at all.

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    Comment number 2.

    I adore SPVTW. One thing I like about it as how the film production started before the comic series had concluded, so the stories start to diverge about halfway through (Volume 3 ish I think), where Edgar Wright did his take on what would happen.

    I do have some issues with Michael Cera playing Scott, as in my eyes he isn't the same Scott portrayed in the comics, but it hasn't affected the way I look upon the film one of my favourites that stands up to constant re-watching due to the sheer number of pop culture references and self-referential in-jokes it contains.

    I remember seeing it on opening weekend, not knowing a lot about what I was about to watch, in a completely empty screen at the Eastleigh Vue. I wonder whether it could have been a failure in the advertising that people just didn't notice it… I'm not sure. I loved it though!

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    Comment number 3.

    I thought it was OK but a bit over rated, it's one I must revisit at some point now the hype has died and I might enjoy it more. Was a bit of the same for Kick- Ass.

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    Comment number 4.

    I loved Scott Pilgrim vs The World. I normally hate teen fics, and quirky fantastic films, but this film because the characters, the humour and the ridiculous scenario charmed me over. I personally think the film flopped because it was unexpected. People went in expecting a quirky teen film and instead got an enjoyable romp of spectacular proportions.

    Also I hate it when it is compared to Howard the Duck. That film is simply awful.

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    Comment number 5.

    I don't much care for Scott Pilgrim. It's technically proficient, but it all feels a bit too clever for its own good, and consequently lacks real heart. It does have a good Flash Gordon joke though.


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