Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a greatly imaginative, high-flying, and visually entertaining adventure about a boy who must battle all opposing foes in order to date the attractive, yet elusive Ramona Flowers. This movie definitely has its allure and specific audience. Some will find it to be a waste of time and talent, while others will find it to be the greatest cult classic since Spaceballs. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a conglomeration of styles put together (famous sitcoms, Napoleon Dynamite, Fanboys, 8-bit nintendo games, etc) and gets high praise from me for its originality in style, presentation, witty-ness, and storytelling. It is definitely anything but ordinary!
Michael Cera plays his usual typecast in this film which works for him, but one of these days, I would love to see him play a different type of character. But, he did a decent job doing his same routine of awkward, yet subtly sarcastic, humor and mannerisms as Scott Pilgrim (or was he George-Michael Bluth from Arrested Development, or Nick from Nick and Nora, or Evan from Superbad, or Oh from Year One? You get my drift.) When Scott Pilgrim meets Ramona V. Flowers it’s love at first sight! He immediately pines after her to date her, but in order to do so, he must defeat the “League of the Seven Evil Exes” in battle! (I don’t quite get how the 7 evil exes equate to being “the World.” Perhaps the title should read Scott Pilgrim vs. the Evil 7 instead.) While the plot may sound just a little far-fetched it is still fun and the movie takes you on an even greater unexpected adventure. As you watch it, you have to just roll with the punches, literally.
This movie quickly takes you back and forth between the confines of reality and the world of video games as it melds them together. The gamer and comic book lover in me enjoyed that aspect a lot. From over-the-top sword battles to enemies dissolving into coins that need collecting, the movie has several elements reminiscent of games such as Super Mario Bros, Double Dragon, Soul Calibur, Zelda, and several other video games (8-bit and higher)! Scott Pilgrim is practically a videogame hero tossed into the real world trying to survive through different levels and bosses to defeat in order to win the love of his princess. But ultimately, who must he face at the end of it all? Some of the bosses/evil exes were played by none other than Chris Evans (Johnny Storm from Fantastic Four and Captain America from, well, come on now!) and Brandon Routh (Superman from Superman Returns). It was rather funny watching how they incorporated their previous personas into the movie! This is a classic fanboy’s movie!!
As all of the randomness, musical montages, and video game icons and soundbytes come and go, you may find yourself forgetting about, or just not caring about, Scott Pilgrim’s love life….which is what this movie starts off telling you is the whole plot. Come the end, who cares if he gets the girl or not, we just want to see him beat up some more of the bad guys, or get pummelled trying. Right?! Thankfully, they still tie it all together at the end.
This arcade-game style movie about good vs. evil looks like it was a lot of fun to film, and satisfies all of the trendy, nerdy, contemporary cult classic, comedy desires of the fans of this genre. Many reviews across the web are either praising it up or putting it down. It’s definitely not for everyone. A special thanks goes out to my friend Kal-el for going to see it with me (for the record he did not enjoy it but stayed anyways!). I enjoyed it, but found several elements of it to be lacking. But, I must give props to the director and crew for originality, perhaps not in story as much as in the portrayal of it. Visually, and conceptually, you may never see another movie quite like this one!
Overall….worth seeing! Go see it, and let me know what you thought!
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Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy watching!
–The Spider’s Score: 6 out of 10 stars “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”
….oh, and by the way, there is a phone number in the movie that doesn’t have the usual (555) in it. So, I called it! I always look for opportunities like that. Sometimes you get surprised and a recording on the other side of the line says “Congratulations, you paid attention!” or “Thanks for watching the movie, enter for a chance to win this or that!” Do you ever call the real numbers in movies?
*…and…ONCE AGAIN!!! My friend, the great Casey Messer and her interviews of movie-goers after their preview of the movie! Enjoy! Thanks Casey for the vid! Keep up the great work!
**I must also take this time to thank 3 young actors that I met this past week: Andrew, Luis, and Steph for visiting my site and engaging in fun movie conversations a few days ago. I actually ran into them again at the screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World! I wish them all the best in their aspiring and growing careers!