I’ve been waiting for the new Scott Pilgrim movie to come out for some time. Not only was it filmed in Toronto, but it is actually set in 416 locales. And the Toronto SP depicts is the real Toronto that I know, with real ‘hoods (Cabbagetown, Bloor/Bathurst, Casa Loma, Distillery) and real haunts (Lee’s Palace, Second Cup, Pizza Pizza, Honest Ed’s).
They built a building at Front & Cherry for the final scene, complete with cherry blossoms (to snow Toronto finally coming out of the winter that dominates the rest of the movie) . Here is the set in May/09, complete with fake snow:
- the drummer, Kim Pine
- Scott’s roomate Wallace
- music (mostly by Beck)
- Scott going ballistic when “#3” says there’s nothing fun to do in Toronto
As much as I liked the movie for how it showed Toronto, I liked it more for what it didn’t show – no iconic CN tower shots, no hockey content at all (does anyone in Toronto actually follow the Maple Leafs? After 6 years living in Toronto, I say no).
We watched the movie on Screen on the Green in Islington, about a 6 minute walk from out flat. It’s a true oldschool cinema, complete with luxe carpeted floors, period features inside, and of course a 1930s art-deco bar! We watched the movie with a pint of Guinness and a glass of Merlot.
Have you seen SP yet? Its box office numbers aren’t great, but it’s getting rave reviews (currently 88%, http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/scott_pilgrims_vs_the_world/?critic=creamcrop).