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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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Scott Pilgrim vs the World

  • Mar 16, 2011
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I saw this movie on my friend's birthday. We talked it over and were picking between this, The Other Guys, and Vampires Suck. I'm so glad we picked this. Scott Pilgrim encapsulated the idle young adult generation so perfectly that I have no choice but to give this a 100%. Hell, if I hadn't seen Kick-Ass, How To Train Your Dragon, or any of the oscar bait movies, Scott Pilgrim easily could have taken the number one spot. This truly got robbed at the box office and I only hope its doing better on DVD. The acting was wonderful, the visuals were wonderful, the script was wonderful, and I feel that any less than a 100 is robbing this movie of the credit it deserves.

For those of you who don't know what the movie or the comics are about, it is about Scott Pilgrim, a listless young adult from Toronto who is dating a seventeen year old at the beginning of the movie. He is in a band and meets the mysterious American Ramona Flowers. He and Ramona hit it off and start to date. However, if he wants to date Ramona, he has to defeat Ramona's evil exes. With the help of his bandmates, Ramona and his roommate Wallace, he begins his epic journey to defeat the evil exes.

This was a slight step outsie the norm for Michael Cera, because the role of Scott Pilgrim required a little more than just being a geek. It also requires him being a dick, plus he has to fight and earn the power of love and self respect. Michael Cera gives a great performance and Scott Pilgrim is my personal favourite of his movies (yes, I like it better than Juno). Mary Elizabeth Winstead is also quite good in this movie, turning away from her normal roles as scream queens in the Final Destination sequels and the upcoming The Thing remake/prequel/whatever. They also had reasonable chemistry with eachother. No real sparks, but they were a believable couple.

However, as good as the two leads were, they were nothing compared to the epic performances of the supporting cast. Anna Kendrick, Bree Larson, and Allison Pill all gave spectacular comedic performances as Scott's sister, ex-girlfriend, and bandmate who all hate his guts and think he doesn't have a fighting chance with the evil exes. Ellen Wong also turns in a good performance as Scott's seventeen-year-old girlfriend. My favourite supporting performance that was a non-evil ex was Kieran Culkin as Scott's gay roommate Wallace.

Now on to the evil exes. Even though there are seven evil exes, Jason Schwartzman is the main villain of this picture, playing Gideon Graves, the evilest of the evil exes. He gives one hell of a good performance, not to mention he is very attractive, but that's beside the point. He was funny, he was evil, and he actually was quite menacing. You could see that he posed a general threat to Scott and he was far from over Ramona. The other evil exes give wonderful comedic performances and provided some great action scenes. What I found funny in the movie is that Chris Evans and Brandon Routh have both played superheroes and they are evil exes in a movie with a gamer/comic book-y style. Needless to say, most of the actors did pretty good, except the asian twins that didn't talk.

But enough about the acting, lets talk about the visuals. I loved the visual style of this movie so much. the movie starts out in what seems to be the normal Toronto that I live in, but it soon spirals into a world of craziness when Ramona and the exes are introduced. I also liked the mixture of gamer-style and comic book-style visuals that this movie had. I won't spoil it in case you still haven't seen this, but its pretty awesome. They filmed this actually in Toronto and I think they filmed the city wonderfully. Not many people may agree with me, but I think that this movie was minorly snubbed by the academy, because it could be nominated for both Visual Effects and editing as well, because the visuals were wonderful and it was edited beautifully.

A lot of people seemed to dislike the script of the movie and I can't really tell why that was. I thought this movie was incredibly well-written as well as hilarious. Some of the funniest scenes were the interactions between Wallace and Scott in their apartment where they platonically share a bed. I also liked the scenes where Scott rises up out of their bed, followed by Wallace and some guy that Wallace was sleeping with. The movie was also quite quotable and I was laughing so much throughout the movie.

I was so glad that we picked this because Scott Pilgrim truly is a wonderful movie. It paints a picture of my generation so well, the idle generation who spend all their time reading comic books or nose-deep in their DS's playing retro Zelda. The acting is great, the visuals are great, the script is great, and I feel I have no choice but to give it a 100 because I feel it doesn't deserve a lower rating. Some of you may not think so but hey, my review, not yours. All in all, a great movie

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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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