I Saw A Film Today…Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Edgar Wright is the type of director that rarely comes around often. Like Tarantino, he showed early in his career that he was not going to be just another face in the crowd. Whether it was a show about twenty-somethings or bridging the gap between comedy and horror or just putting a new spin on the buddy cop genre, he has shown that he is a true innovator at film making. This time around, he is taking on an adaptation of a popular graphic novel called Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. So how does this film fare with Wright’s earlier work?

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Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a twenty-two year old musician who currently is dating a high school girl (Ellen Wong) against the many protest of his friends and family. His daily activity is hanging out with his gay room-mate (the hilarious Kieran Culkin), practicing with his band Sex Bob-omb, and dreaming about a girl with pink hair. At a party Scott literally meets the girl of his dreams and her name is Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). After an awkward encounter, Ramona and Scott begin dating.

This is when Scott’s problems truly begin. While Scott and the band are competing at a battle of the bands, they are suddenly interrupted by a guy crashing through the ceiling. He explains that he is one of Ramona’s seven evil exes and that Scott must defeat them all if  he wants to be with Ramona. Reluctantly, Scott decides to fight them, which includes: A stereotypical action star (Chris Evans), a vegan bassist (Brandon Routh), a extremely scary girl (Mae Whitman), two techno twins, and the final boss fight with a record exec (legend Jason Schwartzman).

Scott Pilgrim was a fun film and really original. Wright’s signature  fast cuts and edits are great as always and the transitions between scenes gave me a feeling of ‘Spaced’ nostalgia. The cast really stands out also. As usual, Michael Cera plays the awkward, sharp-tongued shy guy that he is so used to playing but it actually serves him well in this film. Mary E. Winstead is great and I cannot wait to see her in future roles. But my favorite performance was Kieran Culkin as Scott’s hilarious room-mate. Not to mention a great cameo by Thomas Jane.

Scott Pilgrim is aimed for the generation who grew up with a Super Nintendo controller in one hand and a gameboy in the other (yes, I belong in this category). From the opening Universal title screen to the end of the credits, Pilgrim plays like a video game itself. Who would not nerd out when they first see an opponent burst into coins? I suggest you go see Scott Pilgrim soon. While there were a couple of scenes where the plot was getting weak, Wright expertly pull them back together with a Mortal Kombat combo and makes it a fun two hours at the cinema.

Verdict: SEE IT!

So did you go see Scott Pilgrim this weekend instead of The Expendables? What did you think? Leave your comments and opinions below.

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