The first time I saw Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World was at Comic-Con, jam packed in a theater, from a balcony, in a room filled with so many fans it was hard to hear some of the dialogue because of all the laughter and cheers bouncing off the walls. At the press screening for the film in LA, I was reminded of how dull critics can be and how they can dampen the experience of watching a film like this. Though I am reviewing this film and technically a part of said “dull critics” and I did in fact love this film, it was obviously not made for me – it was made for the fans of the comic-book, fans of video games, fans of action, fans of humor, when you get down to it fans of movies in general. The amount of references in this film will blow your mind.
This is a great film and its goal is to entertain and it succeeds admirably — just don’t let the those “scared to laugh” critics get you down, have some fun and find out more about what makes this film great below…
- Director: Edgar Wright
- Screenplay: Michael Bacall and Edgar Wright
- Graphic Novels: Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Cast: Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim), Alison Pill (Kim Pine), Mark Webber (Stephen Stills), Johnny Simmons (Young Neil), Ellen Wong (Knives Chau), Kieran Culkin (Wallace Wells), Anna Kendrick (Stacey Pilgrim), Aubrey Plaza (Julie Powers), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Ramona Flowers), Satya Bhabha (Matthew Patel), Mae Whitman (Roxy Richter), Brie Larson (Envy Adams), Chris Evans (Lucas Lee), Brandon Routh (Todd Ingram), Jason Schwartzman (Gideon Gordon Graves)
Scott Pilgrim is the star of his own world, that is until he meets the girl of his dreams Ramona Flowers who comes with a bit of baggage. Pilgrim soon finds out that he must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
- The References: This film is packed with references from video-games, comic book characters, TV shows, and other pop-knowledge gone by, and in a good way. They managed to shove in nearly all pop-culture references from past 2 decades and not have it feel forced or cramped. The movie simply moves from one reference to the next without ever looking back and it’s fun to watch.
- The Rules: Wright quickly sets the tone for an “anything” can happen Universe. Though the characters in the film might seem like normal people, they all have something that makes them non-human, whether it be being able to survive being thrown 10 miles into the air or bleeping out ones own dialogue, they all have some kind of “powers”. And though anything goes in this world, what makes it interesting is that the people in it still act like people. It’s amazing how effortless he takes the audiences from fiction to fantasy without in any given moment.
- The Style: Undeniably one of the most distinct, original and yet interpretive styles that has hit the screen in a long time. It’s truly it’s own film — inspired by everything but its own thing entirely.
- The Acting: There are certain actors in this film that have not always put in great performances BUT across the board in this film, the casting and the acting in this film was spot on. Cera has never been more funny, Winstead is charming and yet mysterious, and Culkin seems as if he was born for this role – perfect cast.
- The Script: Again, there are a lot of ideas here but the film never gets convoluted. And even though you think you’re going to sit there and be able to watch one ex after another, they find interesting ways of keeping your from getting bored and surprising you.
- The Love Story: There were a few unrealistic, necessary plot devices that were thrown into the romance to help move the story along. Some of them were a bit hard to swallow – not impossible, but edging on it.
- The Set Up: Once we get into fighting the evil exes the pace takes off, getting to them lags a bit. The arc in this film is important, so although it’s a fun comic-book-action flick, it still has a story, and character development – so settle in for a full film, not just a fun action flick.
Great film, so much fun to watch, completely original, there’s no doubt that people will be trying to imitate this film and never succeeding to this level. See it now!
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is in theaters this Friday, August 13th!