Director: Edgar Wright
Producer: Edgar Wright, Marc Platt
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Distributor: Universal Studios
Release Date: August 13, 2010
Runtime: 112 Minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Brandon Routh, Chris Evans, Brie Larson.
Synopsis (Product Description):
Based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Oni Press comic book of the same name, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World follows the eponymous slacker rocker on his colorful quest to defeat his dream girl’s seven evil ex-boyfriends. Twenty-two-year-old Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) may not have a job, but rocking the bass for his band, Sex Bob-omb, is a tough job unto itself. When Scott locks eyes with Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he knows she’s the girl he wants to grow old with. But Ramona has some serious baggage; her supercharged exes rue the thought of her being with another man, and they’ll crush any guy who gives her a second glance. Now, in order to win Ramona’s heart, Scott will do battle with everyone from vegan-powered rock gods to sinister skateboarders, never losing sight of his gorgeous goal as he pummels his way to victory.
I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. The World a couple nights ago, and it’s probably one of the best movies I’ll see in 2010. It’s based on the indie comic of the same name, which I’ve yet to read, but surely will now that I’ve seen the movie. Scott Pilgrim, played brilliantly by Michael Cera, is a member of the band Sex Bob-omb. Scott is getting over a bad breakup when he meets the girl of his dreams. The problem is Scott is already spoken for. Well, that and to get the girl of his dreams he must defeat her 7 super powered exes. What ensues is part Hong-Kong action movie, part cartoon, part video game, seizure inducing, indie comedy love story. Suffice to say, this movie, like Mr. Pilgrim himself, rocks hard.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a visually stunning movie, topped off by incandescent flashes of comedic genius and some of the best fight choreography this side of The Matrix. I suppose, if we were lame, we could just call it an action-comedy, but trying to hang such a ‘meh’ label onto such a genre defying movie is like trying to put a pair of skinny, hipster jeans onto a Bob-omb. I suspect that there is a very high correlation of people for whom the words “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, select, start” make perfect sense and those who will also love Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
While it works as a hilarious indie comedy, this movie also serves as a love letter to us somewhat nerdy children of the 80s and 90s, who spent hours hardly blinking in front of game consoles. Scott Pilgrim is filled with gaming pop culture references. And after scraping the bottom of a Donkey Kong sized barrel, that is the only criticism I have with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Its mile a minute pop culture references might make it a tad inaccessible to the generations that came of age before the rise of Japanese gaming consoles. So if your parents didn’t own a television, forbade you from playing videogames (and you weren’t able to sneak over to friends’ houses to get your pop culture fix), then a substantial part of the movie might go right over your head. But for those of us who wished that power up filled bricks floated in the sky and that enemies exploded into coins when defeated, then Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a pilgrimage well worth today’s inflated movie prices.
FTC Advisory: I purchased my own tickets.
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