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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

  • May 2, 2011
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Scott Pilgrim. This has got to be one of the funniest, most creative, most interesting, most entertaining movies I have seen in a while. I could probably think of many more adjectives to describe this wonderful film, but I'm afraid that you'll have to make do with this review. From the minute I saw the opening logo for this movie I knew it was going to be something special and when I finally saw this in theatres, I was not disappointed. It does have its problems, but it will most certainly please its target demographic and it has enough fun to please those outside its target demographic.

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a 22 year-old living in Toronto. He's in a band, and at the beginning of the movie, he's dating a 17 year-old named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). He soon meets the beautiful, mysterious Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and they soon begin to date. However, to continue dating Ramona, Scott must defeat her seven evil exes, who are hell-bent on killing him. The movie pretty much shows the progress of Scott fighting the exes as well as the personal baggage he and Ramona and the band have happening to them. The baggage includes the fact that Wallace and Scott share a bed (which makes for a couple of very hilarious things), the Battle of the Bands, and Scott getting over his own evil exes.

In the middle of the movie, Wallace says that if Scott really wants to be with Ramona, he will fight for her. See, Scott is kind of a flighty asshole who's afraid of commitment, and if he really wants to be with Ramona, he has to let that go. The character of Scott Pilgrim is an ass, but in the end, he makes for a protagonist that you can root for. He is played fairly well by Michael Cera, an actor I don't particularly care for (outside this and Juno, and even then, I liked that movie for Ellen Page). Ramona is played by Mary Winstead (who some may know from some horror films or from the movie Sky High) and she was very good as well, albeit not great.

They also had reasonable chemistry as a couple, but where the moie shines is its great cast of supporting characters and a great cast of villains. Kieran Culkin steals every scene he's in and he is awarded the majority of the witty dialogue. He's also awarded the very funny scenes of Scott waking up, then him waking up, then some other guy waking up. Trust me, that's hilarious. Ellen Wong is also terrific as Knives and in my honest opinion, she can date whomever she wants, not a schlub like Scott. The band people are okay, nothing great, but nothing really spectacular. The villains in this movie, however, kick ass. My personal favourites are #1 (Matthew Patel, played by Satya Bhabha), #3 (Todd Ingram, played by Brandon Routh) and of course, the most passive-agressively evil of them all, #7 (Gideon Graves, played by Jason Schwartzman). They all kick some serious ass and are the most fun characters in the movie by far. Bhabha, Chris Evans, Routh, Mae Whitman, the asian twins who i don't know the names of, and Jason Schwartzman all deliver note-perfect performances and make for some of the best villains i've ever seen in a movie. Michael and Mary may be good, but its these guys that truly steal the show.

The movie has wonderful performances and decent dialogue, but easily the most extraordinary part of it is the perfect special effects and the creative editing. That's what makes the film one of the most interesting I've ever seen, because it has a very different style then that of other films, and that's what sets it apart. If you peruse this website often, you will know that most videogame movies are shit, but if anything came close to being a great videogame movie (that wasn't actually based on a videogame, but a series of graphic novels), it's this. The film combines comic-book style visuals and videogame style sound effects. Plus, the story is pretty much a videogame story, and that's why it probably got ripped on. This film probably could have squeezed into the Oscars, at least in visuals (I mean, hereafter??? come on. yes, I'm still angry about this.)

Scott Pilgrim vs the World was one of the best films of last year and one of the most highly entertaining films I have seen in a while. If you haven't seen it, then I would highly suggest that you get on that as soon as possible. I geeked out big time when I first saw this movie and if you like either comic books or retro videogames, then you probably will too. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something about this movie screams 'cult movie'. I suppose that it could be because it's based on a cult source material and it did well critically, but didn't do well commercially. Anyway, Scott Pilgrim vs the World is an awesome movie and well worth my recommendation.

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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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