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Scott Pilgrim (2010) Movie Review

August 14, 2010

“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is what you get when you take real life and spice it up with things that seem cool to gamers.  The movie is based on a graphic novel series entitled “Scott Pilgrim.”  Edgar Wright (known for Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) directs this adaptation of the comic so fans of his previous work will recognize his style of humor.  Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a nice guy who is in an indie band that totally sucks but he still practices with them frequently.  The singer always dreams of being recognized as if some label would actually want to sign them.  Scott is still recovering from a break-up a year ago and is now dating a seventeen-year-old high-school-girl named Knives Chau.

One day Scott has a crazy dream in which a girl with pink hair skates past him, mesmerizing him by how cool she looks.  The next day, while Scott is at the library with Knives, he sees a girl with pink hair, named Ramona Flowers, who looks similar to the girl in his dream.  After numerous creepy and awkward advances, Scott starts to date Ramona and learns that she has some serious issues from her past.  Specifically, Scott has to fight Ramona’s seven evil exes who all happen to mysteriously show up in the small Canadian town where Scott lives.

To some extent, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is a romance as Scott and Ramona develop a relationship.  However, almost every major part of the movie somehow changes into a video game version of reality.  Each time Scott fights one of Ramona’s ex’s, reality is completely left behind as Scott fights one-on-one in some totally over-the-top battles.  The music is a crazy modern attempt at sounding like video game music without going retro.  While most of it isn’t what I normally enjoy as a soundtrack, it is largely fitting and never detracts from the experience.  Despite the fact that very little of the movie is grounded in reality, the characters are very down-to-earth and the audience instinctively roots for them.

At the beginning of the movie, I was shaking my head and wondering why I was watching it.  However, as the movie went on, I fell in love with the characters and was glad I stuck around.  There were a lot of times where I laughed out loud and others where the entire audience erupted in laughter.  If you want to have the full experience of the humor, you should try to watch the movie in theaters before the crowds start to shrink.  Despite all the video game references, they are so obvious that they are easy to understand even for viewers who haven’t played a video game in their life.  If you are tired of the ordinary Hollywood conventions and are willing to check out something different, you will find a great time with “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”

4/5

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From → Action, Comic-Book

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