There are nuances that I missed out on my first go around that I caught this time, but perhaps most importantly, this viewing in digital, which I recommend for anyone checking out the flick.
Without letting this film fade into the distance, and much like I did for my other favorite this year, INCEPTION, I wanted to point out some great supporting roles and talk just one more time about the movie.
Liking this movie 100% depends on whether or not you like Michael Cera. He is Scott Pilgrim and the things that he does are so fantastical, that if you do not like him, it will likely annoy rather than entertain you. His fighting persona is more along the lines of NEO from THE MATRIX than the scrawny guy that he is. That is not a shot at him but rather an observation. I am a Michael Cera fan and while I thought he was great as Evan in Superbad among many roles, BUT...if this movie didn't exist, I can't think of a scenario in this world where I would have debated his kung-fu ability or his potential value as a sword-fighter.
Enjoying this movie is about having an OPEN MIND. This movie is hip to the level of being self-aware and almost congratulatory, but the film deserves it. Many love the masterpiece that is INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, but we don't hold Quentin Tarantino in a bad light for self-declaring it a masterpiece. Remember the scene where Aldo Raine actually says "I think this just might be my masterpiece." This is Q's self-declaration of perfection and I think that Wright too realizes that he is toying with perfection as a product of EVERYONE who worked on Scott Pilgrim. This movie is self-congratulatory enough and it is deservedly so.
My favorite FIVE supporting performances in this masterpiece were these:
KIM PINE played by ALLISON PILL. I think it is her sarcastic and fiery attitude that makes her so attractive as a character. She is an ex-girlfriend to Scott from their high-school days, and she has the spitfire attitude to get past it, but also to support Scott, albeit using sardonic comments or witty remarks about NOT giving a care one about him.