Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
I never quite understood why everyone was so excited with the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was released. It looked kind of good. A little gimmicky, but most Michael Cera movies are, aren’t they? But the extremely good word of mouth the film was creating and a solid rating in the eighties at RottenTomatoes.com got me to see what all the fuss was about. It reminded me that frequently, the buzz surrounding a movie is both true and deserved.
I think Michael Cera is mostly a chode. I haven’t seen Arrested Development, but with films like Year One, and Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, I choose to just say now. Sure, I’ll give him some cred for being in a Drunk History episode, but so was Jack Black. I’m digressing. I don’t like Cera, so I wasn’t expecting to like him in Scott Pilgrim, but frankly, he kicked ass.
The trailers explained all about the plot. Pilgrim meets a wicked hot chick that falls for him. But as it turns out, he’s required (by rules never really explained) to fight and defeat her seven evil exes (these include a former girlfriend during her bi-curious phase, twins she dated at one time, and a movie star).
As everyone knows, the film is based on the comic books. Edgar Wright and Michael Bacall adapted them to the big screen. And Wright of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame, directed. The majority of the film plays out as a video game. Pilgrim frequently earn power ups, gets extra lives, and fights evil exes with mystical powers. The cast is outrageously good. Pilgrim’s sister is played by Anna Kendrick (sadly, I have to admit the story lines surrounding her character drag more than the rest of the film), Alison Pill plays a band mate, Kieran Culkin plays the gay roommate. Aubrey Plaza, Chris Evans, Jason Schwartzman, Brandon Routh, the cast just goes on and on, and they’re great.
The references to scores of video games from the eighties and nineties will be greatly appreciated by those in my age bracket. The effects are nothing to smirk at either. Wright really knew what he was doing with pacing as well. My greatest fear was a really slow beginning, and a boring ‘training phase’ where we would have to watch Cera learn all his impressive movies, but no. The action starts from the beginning, and keeps you at the edge of your seat until the end. This is fine summer entertainment. And you should all go see it as soon as possible. And bring a friend, the movie is bombing at the box office.