Michael Cera fights for love in “an epic of epic epicness,” Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, directed by Edgar Wright. Based on the graphic novel series, Cera plays Scott Pilgrim, a young man on a quest to defeat seven evil exes to win the heart of his new girlfriend. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Pilgrim’s colorful-haired girlfriend Ramona Flowers, who has a league of evil ex-boyfriends. Pilgrim has allies in band members and supporters, who help him during his game-like journey to final boss and evil ex Gideon.
Scott is bassist in a three piece band Sex Bob-omb, with friends Stephen and Kim. In addition to the band there is Wallace, Scott’s gay roommate who just happens to share a bed with him, and Young Neil, friend and fan of the band. Scott briefly dates Knives Chau before falling in love with Ramona. After Scott cuts ties with Knives and becomes Ramona’s boyfriend, the journey for her love begins. Scott works his way from ex to ex with the assistance of his friends, while having to face his own exes, faults, and fears.
This youthful action comedy is focused towards the geek and gamer crowd, and it certainly delivers greatness to them in film format. In addition to many videogame and geek references between characters, excellent visual and audio effects are used to transform the film into a perfect blend between videogame and cinema. The sound effects add another level of fun to the film, while the visual effects make the action exciting for the audience. Besides the sound effects, the film uses a soundtrack of music primarily “performed” by Scott’s band. The music is fast and rough, intensifying the fights between Scott and the evil exes.
The action is fast when Scott is summoned into a fight, and the scenes are well choreographed. Transitions between scenes are perfect for the style of movie, and the dialog fits the cast and audience well. Cera plays an awkward youth once again, but the character of Scott makes Cera rise to a new level; I was impressed by his performance. A solid and colorful cast surrounds Cera, with each character having a unique personality. The movie has many laughs, which blend well into the action. My favorite style of comedy from this film comes from the awkward moments and quick one-liners. The viewer is fully behind the heroes of the film, while they vehemently root for the villains’ demise. By the end of the film, the emotions of the viewer have unknowingly been grabbed through the action-packed plot. The viewer actually cares what the fate of the lovers is; rejecting the idea that Scott Pilgrim is just some videogame movie.
While I don’t normally compare source material to a film when reviewing, I have to say that I loved reading the Scott Pilgrim series and honestly didn’t think the movie would live up to it. I will say that while some things are changed, I believe Edgar Wright did an amazing job at creating this film adaptation. If you like Scott Pilgrim in one medium, you will certainly enjoy it in the other.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a genius blend of videogame and cinema, depicting an action-filled love story. While some may write the film off as a simple geek movie, I say give it a shot. The young adult audience will surely be able to connect with the lovers, knowing the feeling of both ghosts from the past and challenges for love. Fight for love, and rock your face off while doing it.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446029/