Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
August 16, 2010
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Edgar Wright has a rare ability of blending comedy into his projects. He did wonders with Shawn of the Dead. And now, with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, he creates a visually masterful film while properly blending the source material and the comedy of its characters.
In SPVTW, we find Scott is in a relationship with a 17-year-old school girl. Things are going fine until he sees Ramona Flowers, a woman who is as eccentric as her ever-changing hair color. He pines for her and quickly finds she has baggage. Not in a normal sense, but instead she has 7 evil ex-boyfriends that are trying to kill Scott. In order to be with Ramona, he must defeat them all.
The movie draws a lot from video game culture and apparently from the source material as well. Easily this could have been a distraction, but the style doesn’t overshadow the plot. I do feel that people not acclimated to video games may feel a bit lost, but the same has been said for Inception. Michael Cera, an actor I’ve learned to detest, does an excellent job in going beyond what he normally does and makes Scott a believable character. Mary Elizabeth Winstead personifies Ramona Flowers. Her portrayal grounds the movie. The rest of the cast was well executed. I was so pleased to see Chris Evans and Brandon Routh on the big screen. Tom Jane and Clifton Collins Jr. have a cameo that had me laughing. And of course, Anna Kendrick acts the hell out of the short screen time she had.
The film is well produced and executed with a keen attention to detail that only someone who respects the source material could. A great film that will be well-remembered even if the box office receipts don’t quite live up to its epic nature. 4 out of 5 stars