Yeah yeah yeah. I know what you’re going to say, “Oooh surprise surprise Platform likes Charlie Lyne and the films Charlie Lyne puts on at the ICA: AKA INCREDIBLE CHURCH of AWESOMENESS, I bet that has nothing to do with the fact he writes for them”. And you know what, that’s fine. No, go ahead, think that. But by thinking that you have to prepared that I’ll turn around and slap proof in your face faster than you can say nepotism. Yes, I have proof that last night’s extraordinarily brilliant showing of ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ was actually extraordinarily brilliant. So bite your tongue and check this bitches:


Now unless you’re a comic nerd, then you probably haven’t read the Scott Pilgrim books. That’s a good thing because it means you can watch the film like a normal person, without spending the whole two hours tense and sweaty, flinching every time they change a bit of dialogue or remove what is - in your boring opinion - a crucial scene. But even if you have read the books there is little in Wright’s adaptation to wince about. This man’s obsession with Tetris has given him all the skills neccessary to twist and fit Bryan Lee O’Malley’s books into a tightly packed cinematic experience. However, just in case you did want to brush up on Scott Pilgrim before dipping your toes into Toronto’s icy waters, Mr. Lyne provided everyone with well-observed and hilarious film notes.


Said film notes came in this cute little receptacle, and there were loads of Charlie’s youthful helpers handing out biscuits upon entering the ICA. I went for a custard cream but, and I’ll be honest here, I would have preferred a bourbon.


There are loads of really LOL bits in the film, most of which came from Wallace, Scott’s gay roomate, played by the fantastic Kieran Culkin. I guess he and Macaulay are the acting world’s Venus and Serena, so it was pretty great to see this younger brother [insert tennis reference that means the same as 'do really well']. As I can’t use clips from the film to illustrate all the hilarious things he does (and I don’t want to ruin it for you) I am using this picture of the chair in front of mine to signify the comedy. However, Wright’s film-baby is not just slapstick and shots of Cera looking confused and dead-panning, it is also full of many touching moments that will no doubt resonate universally with anyone who’s ever been in love/looked at someone in love/seen the word “love” written down. Luckily this picture I’ve chosen also illustrates that feeling of ‘connection’ as I was sitting behind someone really tall, so quite often during the film when I was shifting around trying to see better, I would look down at this little plaque and think, “Ahh, so true”.


Someone came dressed as Ramona Flowers. And won a prize for it. Side note: Isn’t it really horrible when you’re sneakily taking a photo of someone, and you think you’ve got away with it, then upon looking at the photo later you realise they (or in this case their friend) totally saw you and you’re no better than the creep who stands outside the changing rooms at the swimming pool pretending to text?


Mr. Wright only turned up didn’t he?! There he was, holding a microphone, drinking coke zero and answering questions posed to him by people who (sometimes) seemed to know a worryingly large amount about his films/his life/his address. He was very nice and told us about the awesome soundtrack which was composed by Nigel Godrich, and how Beck had been involved. Apparently they gave Beck all the books and script versions one night, and by the next morning he’d made a CD of 22 songs for the film, many of which got used. Including a song written by Scott’s character for Ramona, which just went “Ramooona…Ramona….RAAAaamonaaaaa” over and over again. That was cool. Although at one point a guy behind me asked him a weird would you rather question and prefixed by shouting “EDGAR WRIGHT” really loudly. That was a bit strange. I moved my bag on my lap when he did that and started putting on my coat. Someone also asked if Edgar had to compromise his vision at all because he was working with Universal, to which Edgar replied, “No I didn’t have to compromise, but then I feel like we spent the money really well, unlike some films I won’t name where you hear they’ve spent loads, but when you watch it you think ‘where did the money go?!’” and then under his breath added “Wolverine”. Everyone laughed really loudly at that but I didn’t get it so I just nodded knowingly and laughed along in what I hoped was a wise way. It’s important to fit in at social occasions. Plus I didn’t want Edgar to look at me and think, “that girl’s not laughing, she must be an IDIOT”.

So yeah, the film is really good.