Monday, 23 August 2010

[376] Scott Pilgrim vs The World Press Conference (and soundtrack)

I will stop talking about Scott Pilgrim eventually. Maybe after a second viewing. The soundtrack CD arrived this morning, you know. It is very good. T.Rex and the Rolling Stones rub shoulders with Metric, Frank Black, and the specially-composed tunes from Beck and Broken Social Scene. They even throw in classics like the aching, melancholy BSS stand-out 'Anthems For a Seventeen Year Old Girl', and the peppy Plumtree cut 'Scott Pilgrim', from which Bryan Lee O'Malley took inspiration for his comic's hero, and the book in general.

It straddles the comic/movie divide so very well, showing a tenderness for the property that very few 'music from and inspired by' compilations even consider. Almost like they decided to adapt the book as an album, as much as they were tying in some audio merchandise. It is beautiful, brazen, roughshod, excitable - at once contemporary (Metric's 'Black Sheep' is crystalline stadium electropop) and scruffily, blissfully outmoded (check out the flannel-fuzz on all the Sex Bob-Omb tracks). Throughout, its concert-grin is ever-present; it is very much pleased to see you, and happy to be rocking your ears.

It could only be improved by including a couple of Replacements songs (Ramona's favourite band, be still my heart), and maybe Tom Petty's 'American Girl' - but let's not nitpick. I'll make you a mixtape/CD/Spotify playlist.

In the meantime, I wrote a report from the Scott Pilgrim press conferences, held last week on the afternoon of the film's European premiere, and a mere hour before Bryan Lee O'Malley started a signing at Gosh. I did both, making it a suitably Pilgrim-to-the-max day.

We here at Den Of Geek aren't too perturbed by the lukewarm welcome Scott Pilgrim Vs the World received over in North America. We know the film's good, and suspect that UK and European audiences might be a little more in tune with its mixture of kick-ass style and down-to-earth drama.

We shall soon see, as writer-director Edgar Wright and the cast were recently in London for the flick's continental premiere.

While he was here, we had the chance to sit with the assembled talent in two mini-press conferences, held in Soho. In an overwhelming turnout, we were treated to the precious time of Wright, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman, Michael Cera, Satya Bhabha and Brandon Routh.

To make things more manageable, the group was split into two, but we've been kind and stapled both together in this handy transcript.

All concerned were clearly knackered from the relentless promotional schedule, but the disarmingly young cast (Wright's a veritable old-timer at 36) were full of pep, and displayed a surprising amount of modesty when faced with rooms full of journos and banks of microphones.

We heard of the intense shoot, the complicated stunts, and just how far they would go for love, as well as finding out why Jason Schwartzman had lipstick smudged on his cheek, and what Michael Cera's favourite YouTube videos are.

Read the full article here.

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