Based on Brian Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel of the same name, Scott Pilgrim is set in Toronto, and in spite of it’s director being a Brit, it’s funding being American** (as well as half the cast), I think this should definitely be considered a Canadian film. Or maybe a Toronto film?* It’s definitely my favorite depiction of my favorite city in film so far. It felt very contemporary but at the same time reminded me of my student days at OCAD.
Anyway, Scott Pilgrim is funny, but it’s not just funny- it’s smart funny. And just plain smart. And subtle. And sweet. And surreal. And absurd. And visually exciting. I loved every minute! (well, maybe not every minute of the fighting – the only part I felt dragged a bit.)
Also, in spite of being set in winter, hockey is never mentioned! Big points in my book & a minor miracle in general as it’s something that every other film set in Canada seems to feel the need to do… and usually in a not-so-subtle way.
I worked on the film, briefly (I did a couple days on second unit), and I know lots of other folks who were a part of the crew. By all accounts it was a challenging shoot (well, what shoot isn’t, right?), but what a great finished film! Congratulations to all who helped make it happen and big thanks to director Edgar Wright and lead Michael Cera for pulling it off in such an awesome way! I can’t remember the last time I was so entertained at the theatre, and so appreciative of all the sweet little details.
I highly recommend it and look forward to seeing it again.
* Does Canada split on the country/city axis the same way America does? Like New Yorkers will self-identify as such before they’ll say they’re American… Am I a Torontonian before I’m a Canadian? It’s possible. I’m obviously still very Canadian given my predilection for thinking of my identity in relation to Americans- something Scott Pilgrim sends up brilliantly, by the way.
** I’m making an assumption here – Universal Studios produced the film. Canada & Toronto have a few logos on the official website, so I’ll make another assumption and say tax credits were given, but obviously no money from Telefilm. Does funding from Telefilm automatically qualify something as Canadian? And no funding means it can’t be? That’s ridiculous, right…?