Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera, Superbad), the geeky guitar player of a struggling rock band, finally meets the girl of his dreams. However, before he can date her, Pilgrim must defeat the girl’s seven deadly ex-boyfriends!
Reaction & Thoughts:
There is no denying that Edgar Wright’s (Shaun Of The Dead) colorful, zippy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has “cult classic” written all over it. It’s a quirky, imaginative and fun film full of humor and action. It also has a big heart.
This one-of-a-kind production turns the traditional Hollywood teenybopper saga on its ear. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a perfect marriage of content and form — it’s a witty and visually arresting movie that transcends its gimmicks.
The film is 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 a while before I got the hang of the thingy. Many of the in-jokes were designed by, and for, the people of the lands of Sega, Nintendo and Sonic — God helps viewers fifty-years-old and older!
I’m not a big fan of Michael Cera and I don’t care much for Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore and Marie Antoinette), but I really liked them here. The large supporting cast is absolutely irresistible, though.
Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed) and Ellen Wong (TV’s The Carrie Diaries) are simply fantastic. Plaza, in particular, is becoming one of today’s most appealing actors. Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) is surprisingly funny as “super-vegan” Todd Ingram. The cast also includes Kieran Culkin (Igby Goes Down), Anna Kendrick (Into the Woods), Brie Larson (Room) and Chris Evans (Captain America).
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.