This is what Edgar Wright does, apparently. He takes the tired, cliched conventions (if not genres altogether) of film, turns them on their head, gives them a makeover, holds a mirror up to them - call it whatever you want, he makes them better. I've never cared a lick about zombie movies, but I could watch his Shaun of the Dead over and over. I am a lover of (select) buddy cop movies, but it's hard to argue that they haven't been beaten into the ground after decades of exposure. It's gotten to the point that even Will Ferrell, never seen as subversive as far as I'm concerned, put out a film that attempted to tweak the formula a bit, and ended up being compared to Wright's Hot Fuzz along the way.
Meanwhile, what's the bigger accomplishment for Scott Pilgrim - that it's a fantastic video game movie, or that it single-handedly breathed life into the video game movie genre - if there is one, anyway - despite not being based on a video game whatsoever, but rather a series of comic books? The good news is that the answer doesn't really matter. All that does matter is that Wright continues to wield his fascinating power over the rest of the realm of cinema, managing to wow us with each new project.
He's off to a great start.
Fletch's Film Rating:
"It's in the hole!"
PS - This poster is just fantastic - I hadn't seen it up close before. Click it to view it full-sized so you can read the tagline: