We’ve all had nightmares about our girlfriend’s ex-boyfriends; some make us feel insecure, some make us feel proud while some…well, makes us forget about the whole thing. But hopefully, none of us have experienced being assaulted by the hordes of ex-boyfriends of the person we are dating. Well, those who are familiar with the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley may still have a hard time preparing for the film adaptation “SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD”. I never really got into the graphic novel series but I am quite familiar with director Edgar Wright’s movies (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead to name a few) so I can still comment on his latest film that is quite wild, zany and may well be a live-action homage to video games and Japanese style otaku filmmaking.
Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is an unemployed 22-year old Canadian who plays the bass in a garage punk rock band called the Sex-Bob-ombed along with his friends (Alison Pill, Mark Weber). He also lives with his very cool gay roommate (Kieran Culkin) and is currently dating a 17-year old Chinese High-school student named “Knives Chau” (Ellen Wong). Scott thinks he is awesome, but his sister (Anna Kendrick) certainly doesn’t think so. However, Scott’s world is turned upside down when he meets a hot delivery girl named Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and immediately becomes infatuated with her; Ramona also sees Scott as a distraction and so she entertains his advances. Unfortunately, for Scott, Ramona has 7 obsessed ex-boyfriends that Scott must fight in a battle of skills, musical talent and pure cunning….let the EX-Games begin. (oh, did I mention that Scott also has his share of crazy exes?)
“Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” takes inspiration from video games (StreetFighter influences are pretty strong), Japanese quirky characters and bizarre otaku screenplay and pays homage to comic books. The energy provided by the direction is very fresh, clever and creative’ while no entirely original, I did REALLY appreciate its stab at originality. The film is rich with text as we see certain “Ka-pow” (sound effects), “later” “Awesome” and among other things. When Scott is about to engage an opponent, the viewer sees “VS.” and then the mayhem begins. In the fantasy world that is “Scott Pilgrim’s”, everyone has super-powers, knows martial arts and can take a lot of punishment. If you’ve seen “Looney Tunes” then you know exactly what I am trying to tell you. The characters in “Scott Pilgrim” can be hit on the head with a hard object, thrown across the sky, survives a fall without a scratch, curse words are ‘beeped out’, facial expressions can be over-expressive (anime anyone?) and everyone seems to revel in the idea that punk rock is king. If EXAGGERATION is a virtue then this movie is real VIRTUOUS.
There is a lot of action sequences in “Scott Pilgrim” and they are nicely executed. Those who have played the “Street Fighter” and the “Fatal Fury” video games will be right at home with the film. The characters are weird and carry a lot of inspiration from ‘otaku’, most especially “Knives Chau”. The league of EVIL EXES are made up of very different individuals; there’s Matthew Patel (Satya Bhanha) who has mystical powers, Lucas Lee (Chris Evans) pretty good skater and pretty good action star, Todd (Brandon Routh) a vegan psychic, Roxy (Mae Whitman) a half-ninja, the twin brothers Katanayagi’s (played by Shota and Keita Saito) and the last level, Gideon (Jason Schwartzman) who is the mastermind behind Ramona’s league of evil ex-boyfriends. The characters represent a phase in Ramona’s life and is the precursor to the nice guy that is “Scott Pilgrim”.
The character of Scott Pilgrim takes the central stage in the film, much of the film’s supporting characters are there to provide fun, comedic one-liners and assist in the development of its main protagonist. I did enjoy the exchanges between Scott, the messed up girl Julie (Aubrey Plaza), his homosexual roommate and the young woman called Kim just adds a ‘spice’ to Scott’s past. The film’s one flaw would be that Ramona feels like a mere ‘supporting character’ and I didn’t feel that she was much a part of the chaos and mayhem as Scott was. Sure, Winstead had a few good fight scenes but I thought she wasn’t as well developed as Scott. The two does manage to generate the needed chemistry necessary to make a movie like this succeed, and with its cast of quirly characters, the movie never loses a beat with its comedic momentum.
The film’s main theme of love and self-respect is pretty effective and I was impressed with the way Edgar Wright managed to blend elements of romance and cartoonish action without becoming campy and overly silly. I didn’t finish reading the comic book series (I could never really get into it) but I imagine that it was superior to this adaptation. The video-game antics may not hold up well to those who doesn’t like video games and the dialogue does feel a little hokey at some scenes.
But “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” is indeed a film that channels outright silliness and makes good on its promise. It does make a genuine attempt to become different and original while being so wildly entertaining. The film is something not to be taken seriously, and if you do, you will only lessen its entertainment value. The film does have a heart and I liked its overused moral lesson of ‘starting over’, forget the past and that what matters are the things that we care about. Despite the fact it does have the stereotypical mysterious ‘dream girl’ bit and the from the “zero to hero” bit, I liked what it did with its premise. “Scott Pilgrim” is an inventive movie with high replay value and I would say that the movie is a must-see.
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SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD Written by Michael Baccall and Edgar Wright Directed by Edgar Wright Starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Stacey Pilgrim: Are you legitimately moving on or are you just being insane? Scott Pilgrim: Can I get back to you on that? By the time you reach a certain age, if you’ve tried at all to make connections with other human … more
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Action, Romance, Comedy and filled with homage for all the things we love; this film is just a rockin’ good time! This stands as one of my favorite comic book adaptations and a refreshing change from all the super-hero movies that have plagued us of late. C’mon, how can you resist a super-powered Vegan with telekinetic powers? See Full Review here.
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.