Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the perfect comic-to-screen adaptation. At least from a visual perspective, Edgar Wright's 2010 cult hit effortlessly captures the energetic vibrancy of Bryan Lee O'Malley's equally brilliant source material. Aided by frequent collaborator and director of photography Bill Pope, Wright is able to create a film that's built from the ground up around striking images and stunning visuals ripped straight from the pages of O'Malley's fan-favourite graphic novel.

Scott Pilgrim gets to perfectly capture the aesthetic of its comic-book counterpart because the main character knows he's in a cartoon. This is just how Scott processes the world; every interaction an amalgamation of dry witticisms and the perfectly chosen indie track. With every new affectation, Wright is able to inject a sense of personality and visual flair into this unique world. Whether it's just the way animated notes ping off instruments or an off-hand visual gag buried deep in the background of a scene, the director uses everything at his disposal to represent the character's stuck-in-adolescence mentality. Everything about Scott's life is filtered through a myriad of pop-culture references, quirky indie in-jokes and a side of irreverence to the point where even the most unassuming exchange is transformed into a picturesque hipster moment.

Wright's film flows from scene to scene with such a sense of pace and purpose that every single beat is delivered with dynamic urgency. Perfectly paralleling the kinetic on-screen action, there's an energy inherent to Scott Pilgrim that pulsates through its editing. Although it's rather all over the place at the beginning, the jumbled structure still serves a thematic purpose, as the editing overtly reflects the character's position in the narrative as the movie progresses. When Scott's life is knocked out of sync at the start of the film the editing is completely erratic, going through the motions from season to season just like the character in the movie. Like most of the director's films so far, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World understands that powerful editing can be just as effective as breath-taking imagery.

But it's usually the small details that make Scott Pilgrim vs. the World such an immersive experience. The puffs of smoke that splash off the clothes of the characters with each thrown punch or even a subtle darkening of the lighting in certain pivotal scenes act as extremely effective techniques that Wright uses to evoke the pulpy graphic novel atmosphere. Unlike, say, the upcoming Adam Sandler vehicle Pixels, Scott Pilgrim houses a genuine affection and love for its source material and its influences, and that passion shines through in the film's thorough and almost tactile way it brings its slacker, gamer-infused iconography to life. Although pop culture references and timely in-jokes are cute, it's the attention to detail that'll truly mark Scott Pilgrim as a defining artefact of the 21st Century.

However the most interesting part of the film is that it attempts to hide just how sophisticated its a flowing and authentic visual landscape actually is. While we've all seen comic book movies adapted to the screen before, even the most faithful ones that ape the aesthetic of the source material look completely amateur compared to Wright's movie. It's not easy to make a film look this silly without it turning into an overwrought, muddled or inconsistent mess, yet the movie manages to pull it off in a smart way. There's a dedication to subverting classic cinematic technique in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World equal to any Best Cinematography Academy Award winner, yet because Wright channels his understanding to create a distinctive comic book aesthetic, that achievement, of course, gets disgustingly overlooked.

With an aesthetic as perfectly realised as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, it's no wonder why the film has gone down in the five years since its release as a genuine modern cult hit. Wright's film just captures its graphic novel style so authentically that every single frame feels like it was meticulously designed through blood sweat and tears until it was dense with character and personality. Although the movie's violent vibrancy and hipster leanings make it surface appealing, it's the attention to detail and passion for the source material that keeps it going strong all these years later.