Scott Pilgrim vs The World tells the story of a 23 year old boy named…Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) who is in a rock-band trying to make it big, while at the same time Scott is trying to get over his ex-girlfriend. Scott then meets the girl of his dreams (literally) in Ramona Flowers and finds out it isn’t that easy to just start dating her. Instead, he must defeat Ramona’s seven evil ex’s first. In a series of Street Fighter-esque battles, Scott must fight each evil ex one by one to get closer to Ramona, all while learning more about himself along the way.
First off, you must know that the movie Scott Pilgrim vs the World is based on the Oni Press graphic novel Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, written by Bryan Lee O’Malley. With that in mind, the director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz) does a fantastic job of recreating the graphic novel. Scott is an uber nerd in the novel – and this is played up big time in the movie. Playing off of classic arcade games, throughout the film you will find video game sound effects and visuals. Scott Pilgrim blends video games, sit-coms, and comic books to form an entertaining movie that doesn’t take itself seriously. The story is full of short sentences, witty remarks, and fast paced action sequences. While this is a strong point of the film, it is also a downfall. This will make the film extremely polarizing with audiences – while most will love the quick A.D.D. dialog and fighting – others will find it not thought out and nothing more than briefly watching parts of shows while flipping through the channels. The abilities of director Wright shine here – being able to balance the story and the quick action make it hard to resist this film. To understand what I mean, you really just have to see it – check out some clips here.
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The cast – Michael Cera yet again plays the exact same role as the past dozen films he’s done. With that being said – he is still delivering perfect timing in his jokes and awkwardness (although it is getting a little old) and shows he can fight. The supporting cast is what carry the film though. The dream girl Ramona, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, is perfect in the role – a perfectly cute Zooey Deschanel type of character, so be on the look out for her in the future. A surprising character is Scott’s gay roommate, Kieran Culkin, whose every line seems to steal the show. As for the ex’s – Jason Schwartzman and Brandon Routh stood out as the two who nailed their characters the most.
Overall though, you are not going to see this movie for an amazing/new storyline – it’s the characters, humor, and action sequences that will keep you in your seat and interested in the movie. Some might be disappointed with one or two unfinished plot lines – but other parts make up for this. For one – the fighting. If you have ever played Tekken, Mortal Kombat, or Street Fighter – you will be taken back to your childhood immediately. In each fight, a “vs” logo comes between Scott and his opponent as they begin their battle. The fights use 8-bit sound effects, voice over, and graphics (Pow, Combo, Great, etc) and are visually stunning. Seeing Cera fight with kung-fu style was a welcome surprise – and by far the best parts of the movie.
I feel that Scott Pilgrim vs the World encapsulates the 2000’s – from our entertainment, music, revival of comics, and sense of humor. The movie brings back memories of going to the arcade and button mashing in fighting games while sipping on a Mountain Dew. Scott Pilgrim uses fun and exciting editing of scenes, whether it be a random door leading to a change in scenery or a song by Beck carrying over to the next scene. Speaking of that, the soundtrack to the film is one of the best I’ve heard. Many of the songs are done by Beck, Plumtree, and Metric and make the movie that much more enjoyable, you can listen to most of them here.
Scott Pilgrim is one of the most entertaining movies I have ever seen – I mean that. The movie has comedy, incredible action sequences (a pleasant surprise), great acting, and 8-bit throwbacks. Wright seems to be able to slip in humor to just about every scene possible, even the unexpected. With that being said, the beginning was a little draggy with Cera’s predictability and lack of action, and quite frankly, if you do not have any appreciation for video games or comics, you will hate this movie. I, for one, loved this movie and will probably see it again when it comes out on August 13th – and I strongly suggest you to see it too.
Kibitzers Rating: 4.7 out of 5