Scott Pilgrim isn’t a perfect movie, but does something that needed to be done. It rethinks the way stories are told in cinema. The rules and methods handed down from old dead masters like Welles, Ford, even Godard & Scorsese (who aren’t literally dead), come from another time, a different context of thought & art.
The best movie I’d seen in a while before SPVTW was Inception, a mind-blower, geniusly constructed, handsomely and gracefully executed, that ignores everything that has happened in the last 3 decades besides the popularization of cell phones, new car models & current men’s fashion.
It’s a milieu of seventies philosophy and eighties slick. Cinematic methods perfected by Fritz Lang in the 1930’s are given room to expand in an original setting and there is little more to say about the film’s advancements of the medium.
Scott Pilgrim is made with a new language of a new era. Welles made movies using a largely Shakespearean mythos, Lang used a mythos of Greek & German mythology, Scorsese had a mythos of Welles & Ford & Godard. Edgar Wright, in SPVTW, uses the mythos of the video game. Mortal Kombat, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Rock Band, and many, many others; these are the fairy tales of a generation, the context for much of its thought, and this, along with other features of the new millennium like instant messaging, the accelerated cycles of popular music, horrifyingly arrested development, forms the world the film feeds off of and is made for.