My favorite movie of 2010 is (as if you haven't already noticed the picture)...
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
For those of you who missed it -- and based on its box office performance, that's most of you -- Scott Pilgrim is about a guy who meets the girl of his dreams and must come to terms with her baggage and his own personal issues in order to stay with her. Standard romantic dramedy stuff... until the movie reveals that Scott's metaphorical struggle will unfold literally. He's forced to defeat the girl's seven evil exes in order to stay with her.
What you end up with is a clever blend of elements from manga/anime and video games. Fights begin in the classic fighting game style, with contenders on opposite sides of the screen with a "vs." in the middle. They conjure gigantic weapons from behind their backs. They execute super moves. They can take a massive pummeling before they feel any real effects. And the loser of each fight explodes into a pile of coins, which makes perfect sense in that video game logic way.
For good measure, underground rock, film noir, and Bollywood also play a part; and I'm just scratching the surface of all the influences and references in this movie.
Scott Pilgrim is as fast-paced, energetic, humorous and stylish as you'd expect from Shaun of the Dead's Edgar Wright. Tirelessly attentive to detail, Wright nails the look and feel of everything he's referencing. Notice the flashing lights and contrasting shadows when characters land punches. Notice the pixelization as characters brandish their weapons. Notice the motion lines as characters whoosh toward each other. And that's not to mention all the old school sound effects in the audio mix.
Having underperformed in theaters, Scott Pilgrim seems to be getting its due on home video. But if you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favor and buy or rent the freshest, most original, innovative and enjoyable movie of 2010.
Runner up: The Social Network