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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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Love it if you appreciate video games and pop culture. Hate it if you can't understand anything.

  • Aug 14, 2010
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I haven't read the comics, but after reading up on the trailers and reading the backstory of the universe. I say it's a strong adaptation from comic to movie. I love video games so I understand all the references.

Edgar Wright maintains his film cred 3 years after directing Hot Fuzz and he manages to score again in this film. Here's the basics of the film/comic:

1. Hey I'm in a band, I rock!
2. Hey I see this amazing chick with pink hair and lets go out!
3. Ohhh yeaaa, I love you
4. "I'm going to kick your ass! Lets fight to the death!"
5. Really... You have a load of baggage ready to kick my ass every 5 minutes in order to date you.
6. I'll kick all of your asses!

The above statement is an exaggeration, but the trailers speak the synopsis itself.

Anyways, Scott (Michael Cera) meets Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), they both date, and now her evil exes (meaning there's boys and girls involved) wanna kick his ass in any way possible. Here are the 7 exes

1. Matthew Patel: An Indian who has powers to summon demons.
2. Lucas Lee: A Stuntman/Actor who has gang of doubles.
3. Todd Ingram: A Vegan with a twist.
4. Roxy Ritcher: I want you to figure out which Soul Calibur character her fighting style is referenced.
5. & 6. Katayanagi Twins: Musicians with summoning powers
7. Gideon Graves: The final boss.

Each ex Scott must defeat one by one in order to reach Gideon. And each fight sequence in the film lasts around 5-10 minutes, so don't blink whatsoever. Each of the key scenes follows from the comics (spanning 6 volumes being trimmed into a 1 hr 30 minute film) with some deviation included. It still remains faithful to the comics while keeping the premise in tact.

The visual effects are more active comic book effects during the course of the film, seeing the hits and rings from left and right.

Michael Cera's portrayal of the character does seem to fit his typecast characterization from previous films. While Mary Elizabeth Winstead's portrayal creates eye candy of attractiveness (picture Katy Perry as an example). Support characters do deliver in this film, yet they're all short lived in 10 minutes (the exes). The rest however, remain solid.

I am disappointed however, are the quality of the fights, some were entertaining, while others felt weak. The trailers pretty much spoiled the whole film itself as it was self explanatory in all the fights.

The pop culture references, well here's a snippet of the references:

-Street Fighter
-Sonic the Hedgehog
-Seinfeld

Anyways, Edgar Wright had a lot of expectations to meet for the audience.  This film may not be for everyone, but at least it's still entertaining for those who love some action. While I still appreciate it, just give it a chance, at least it's a summer flick worth seeing. While it may not rack #1 in sales being that it's pitting against The Expendables (the all-star action flick) on the same day, I got lucky to pay a discounted price of $6 (yay big company employee discounts) instead of $10-$11.
Love it if you appreciate video games and pop culture. Hate it if you can't understand anything. Love it if you appreciate video games and pop culture. Hate it if you can't understand anything. Love it if you appreciate video games and pop culture. Hate it if you can't understand anything. Love it if you appreciate video games and pop culture. Hate it if you can't understand anything.

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August 14, 2010
I will be seeing this real soon. It was between this one and THE EXPENDABLES but I thought of checking out Stallone's movie first. Glad to know that it was good, though I am not sure if the inspirations from the video games will be to my liking. Thanks for the review and welcome back to our community!
 
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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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