Scott Pilgrim (Micheal Cera, Superbad), the geeky guitar player of a struggling rock band, finally meets the girl of his dreams. However, before Pilgrim can date her, he must defeat the girl’s seven deadly ex-boyfriends!
Reaction & Thoughts:
There is no denying that Edgar Wright’s colorful, zippy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has “cult classic” written all over it.
It’s intended to look as if the characters were living inside a 1990s video game console. I grew up in the United States of Ferris Bueller and that makes me an Atari citizen, so it took me some time before I got the hang of the story — many of the in-jokes were designed by, and for, the people of the lands of Sega and Sonic (God helps viewers fifty-years-old and older!).
This one-of-a-kind production turns the traditional Hollywood teenybopper adventure saga on its ear. Director-writer Edgar Wright’s (Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz) work is a perfect marriage of content and form. It’s a witty and visually arresting movie that transcends its gimmicks, and allows moviegoers to have an authentic sensory experience.
I’m no fan of Cera, and I don’t care much for Jason Schwartzman (I did like him in Rushmore). However, Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed) and Ellen Wong (TV’s The Carrie Diaries) are irresistible. Plaza is becoming one of today’s most appealing actors. With Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick (Into the Woods), Chris Evans (Captain America), and Brandon Routh (Superman Returns).
Conclusions & Final Thoughts:
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a movie about teens and video games that works on many, many levels (no pun intended). Based upon Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels. Color, 112 minutes, Rated PG-13.