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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

A 2010 American action comedy film directed by Edgar Wright based on the comic book series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley.

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Absolute Zero or Personal Guitar Hero?

  • May 26, 2011
Rating:
+5
Pros: entertaining! a little of everything-action, romance, comedy

Cons: Style and humor not for everyone

The Bottom Line: "I heart you, Sex Bob-omb!"

Struggling to recover from the gruesome break up with his Big Ex, Scott is currently dating Knives Chau, a high school girl five years his junior. He's enjoying the simplicity of just holding hands. Knives, sweet girl, is just a phone call away from stalker-intensity fan dom for Sex-Bob-omb, Scott's band. As if the band's angst over their current battle of the bands wasn't enough pressure, this is when Ramona walks into Scott's life, and everything gets seriously strange.

Ramona is everything Scott ever dreamed of, but he quickly discovers that perfection has to be earned. Scott has embarked on a personal pilgrimage, and doesn't have a clue. Can he win his battles against the league of her seven evil exes without letting down the band, alienating Ramona, or sending Knives into a fit of homicidal jealousy? As Roxy says, "Every Pilgrim reaches the end of it's journey... some sooner than others." Happy trails, Pilgrim!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ My Thoughts ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Stacey Pilgrim: I mean, did you really see a future with this girl?
Scott: Like... with jetpacks?


I was highly entertained with this quirky romantic comedy that really stands out in the crowd. Heavily flavored with tasty fantasy tidbits from anime, video games, and the graphic novel the story is based on, the humor and dialog of this film are fashionably hip and rapidly fired at the audience. I loved that with every evil Ex defeated, Scott collects coins equal to the level of the Ex... barely enough for the bus ride home with the first one! Viewers may also notice that throughout the film when Scott faces an evil ex, a number corresponding to them appears somewhere on or around them. The first evil Ex has an Alpha symbol on his shoulders, the second has a small number 2 tattooed on his neck as well as a 2 on his car and his trailer, etc. Scott himself is seen wearing (and drinking!) "Zero" several times.

Another bit of interesting T-shirt trivia can be seen while Scott battles Ramona's first Evil Ex. Scott's "Plumtree" shirt is a nod to an all-girl indie group of the same name that released a song called "Scott Pilgrim" in 1998. It was this song that inspired Bryan Lee O'Malley to create the graphic novels. There is so much going on in this film, so many little in-jokes and references, that it has stood up well to repeat viewings.

The cast does a phenomenal job of presenting their unique characters as well as working seamlessly as a co-hesive unit. I loved the very natural interplay between Michael Cera (Scott) and his closest friends and sister, played by Anna Kendrick. Kieran Culkin as Scott's gossipy boyfriend stealing roommate, Wallace, provides the support necessary to carry Scott forward in certain situations. Ellen Wong as Knives Chau perfectly projected the anime style humor and expression so necessary to her character. The plot is basic. It is the characters and effects that make the age old will-he-get-the-girl tale so entertaining. 

Chris Evans as the second Evil Ex gave us a hilarious over-the-top performance. I also found it quite interesting that the character's stunt doubles are actually Evans' stunt crew... only a third of which actually resemble him. Brandon Routh as Todd is a powerful Evil Ex, being more recent... and a Vegan. Todd wipes the floor with Scott because, "everyone knows being Vegan just makes you better than everyone else." Things look pretty grim for our Guitar Hero til Clifton Collins Jr and Thomas Jane, the Vegan Police, show up! Only Jason Schwartzman could top the performances of Ramona's other Evil Exes. Throughout, Cera maintains Pilgrims' low key intensity as naturally as breathing.

The only downside I could see to this work is if the style and/or humor do not appeal to you, or if the references are too far outside of your generation, the film simply would not appeal. In fact, it would probably grate on such viewers. For me, the cast, screenwriter Michael Bacall, director/screenwriter Edgar Wright, and graphic novelist Bryan Lee O'Malley have delivered a fantastical and hilarious action-packed romantic journey that continues to entertain with repeat viewings. The music throughout wove well with the stories unfolding, and never overwhelmed scenes unnecessarily. This "epic of epic epicness" is an unexpected rockstar saga where instead of breaking into song and dance, they break into a fight!


"We are Sex Bob-Omb! And we're here to watch Scott Pilgrim kick your teeth in!"

Recommended:
Yes

Movie Mood: Date Movie
Viewing Method: Other
Film Completeness: A few glitches, but mostly complete.
Worst Part of this Film: Nothing

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December 21, 2011
I loved this movie and I didn't pick up on all the inside jokes, so yay I have another reason to watch it again. Great review!
 
May 29, 2011
aahhh...the movie that introduces VEGAN superpowers. I got your reply and I have tried to feature this one in our Movie Hype community. Sometimes when you used that transfer thing the review doesn't show up in the community unless you choose it to be.

Very very cool review, Quinn! Really enjoyed your review, some folks didn't like this but I sure did. It was original and definitely different. Thanks!
May 29, 2011
Thanks, so glad you enjoyed :o) This is what I call an Either Or movie. Either you were entertained or you weren't. Humor, like other things, is subjective.
May 29, 2011
agreed. I am in the 'like' area :) Can you please try adding this review to Movie Hype? I am trying to find the glitches as to why some reviews don't show unless manually added; if you prefer not to, no problem....thanks!
May 31, 2011
I've added it to Movie Hype again. It appears to have gone through. Let me know if it hasn't. Thank You! :o)
May 31, 2011
thanks, Quinn, I've submitted the issue to the staff, seems like some members are having issues with putting reviews in communities. Thanks and talk to you later! =)
 
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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Edgar Wright based on the comic book series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley. The film is about Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) meeting the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). In order to win Ramona over, Scott learns that he must defeat Ramona's seven evil exes, who are coming to kill him.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was planned as a film after the first volume of the comic was released. Director Wright became attached to the program and began filming in March 2009 in Toronto, Ontario. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World premiered after a panel discussion at the San Diego Comic-Con International on July 22, 2010. It received a wide-release in North America on August 13, 2010.

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    Director: Edgar Wright
    Genre: Action, Adventure
    Release Date: August 13, 2010
    MPAA Rating: PG-13
    Studio: Universal Pictures
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