2010's, 5 Candles



DIRECTOR: Edgar Wright


May Contain Spoilers!

Will we be adding this to our collection? NO

This is quite simply one of the strangest movies which I have ever seen! Based on a comic book of the same name, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a young band member who falls for Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who has seven evil ex’s, all of which need to be defeated, computer game style, in order for the pair to carry on dating. Edgar Wright, more successful and famous for his work Simon Pegg & Nick Frost, Shaun Of The Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and last year’s The World’s End (2013)  has set out to create a relevant, modern and artistic take on the comic book and the concept of the angst ridden teen romance, in doing so, he references the aesthetic of computer games, the sounds and the look of the commercial world which surrounds us.

His idea is to allow us to subconsciously relate to a bazaar and what he must think is a quirky world, but in fact, in my opinion, all’s he has managed to achieve is to put me off. I, like many of my generation grew up with Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter and the controversial Mortal Combat, all of which are heavily referenced here, but it took me most of the film to accept what I was watching and come to the only rational realisation possible, and that was that this was all taking place in a computer game styled universe. But was a rational explanation either possible or essential? Is this just and abstraction?

I think so and it was a well made one, but it was not well conceived. The details and the internal logic pretty much held up but the universe just didn’t work for me at all. I just didn’t buy into it nor did I want to. The visual style was great, there’s not doubt about that and Wright’s use of his computer game references were tempered, but this is style over substance. The plot is paper-thin and the execution did little to conceal this flaw.


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