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PILGRIM'S TALE . .

Byline: JOHN MILLAR

True confessions time. First, I haven't heard of, never mind seen, the comic books that provide the inspiration for this comedy.

Second. I've been getting a tad tired of seeing the baby-faced Michael Cera in the nave nerd roles.

Not a good start you might think. And I have to admit that I wasn't exactly looking forward to seeing Scott Pilgrim Vs The World.

Which just goes to show how wrong you can be because this movie is innovative, a lot of fun and Cera is ideally cast in the title role.

He's a 22-year-old native of Toronto who plays bass guitar in a punk band whose members include Young Neil and Stephen Stills.

So although the film is squarely aimed at the kids who bought the comics, there are gags for the Woodstock generation.

Anyway, our hero is still struggling to get over the trauma of being ditched, a year or so ago, by his girlfriend.

He's trying to fill that gap by dating a high school Chinese/American who has a great name, Knives Chau. He stresses the innocence of the relationship by saying that they've barely held hands.

This romance, however, is ridiculed by his friends - who include the excellent Kieran Culkin as his gay room-mate, Wallace - and it finally dawns on Scott that they have a point when he meets the girl of his dreams.

She's a stunner but also a bit strange. Called Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) she zips around on roller blades as she delivers packages and changes the colour of her hair every week and a half.

To win Ramona's affections, Scott also has to plunge into her oddball history and defeat - in combat - seven of her ex-boyfriends.

So if you boil it down, the plot seems to be a fairly straightforward boy meets girl, boy battles to retain her affections type of tale.

But it's the telling of it that makes Scott Pilgrim Vs The World so incredibly different and so very entertaining.

Just take the visuals, as all sorts of comic book devices and graphics are used, so that we actually see telephones go BRRRRING!!!

And the various fights with Ramona's exes are staged in a sort of larger than life, mock superhero way.

So yes, this is a big, big hit and Michael Cera is so good in it.

But I'll be even more impressed by this obviously talented young actor when he tackles something that's far removed from his comfort zone.

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SMASH...; Ramona Flowers KAPPOW... Action has a comic flavour SPOT ON... Michael Cera is perfect in the role of Scott Pilgrim
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 29, 2010
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