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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Review

I definitely had a certain bias towards Scott Pilgrim vs. The World walking into the theatre the day of release. First of all it was my birthday, and second of all I’m a big enough Scott Pilgrim fan that I attended the release party for the sixth book. However, I think I can genuinely say that Scott Pilgrim is a great film, though it has one or two major flaws.

The movie’s plot is basic, boy meets girl, boy fights seven evil exs for girl, boy learns about love and friendship in the process. There is actually little more than that going on the in the film. The movies does manage to weave two subplots, one concerning Knives, Scott’s teenage and quickly ex-girlfriend, the other being a battle of the bands. Edgar Wright successfully interweaves these plots into the film, but the latter seems insubstantial when it comes to its conclusion. The build up with Knives also feels this way, since after all that build up, Scott ultimately ignores her. It had a traitorous feel to it, as if the movie had lied to me. Still, the plot is, in most avenues, simple a way of getting from one evil ex to another, and it does that really well.

The actors are comfortable in their roles. Ellen Wong plays a great teenage obsessive, and Kieran Culkin is fantastic at playing a creepy but friendly homosexual. These are the most well developed characters in the film. Wallace is probably my favourite character in the whole movie. Unfortunately, there isn’t that much to the other characters. Winstead acts Ramona’s parts well enough, but her character isn’t expanded or developed. This makes her more boring than the evil exs Scott encounters. She seems like little more than a muddled young adult who has little care for those around her. While in the books I was wondering why so many girls fell in love with Scott, here I have to wonder why anyone would fall in love with Ramona. She’s just too bland and troublesome to be really worth someone’s time.

Scott is a mostly one note character, though I found his development towards the end of the film entertaining and reminiscent of a video game character. Micheal Cera is reasonable at playing Scott, although, I would have preferred him to play the character with more confidence. It’s a change for the actor, but there was still too much typical Micheal Cera fair in the delivery.

The immediate thing one will notice after watching this movie is that there is never a dull moment. The fights with the evil exs are spectacularly absurd, consisting of bass battles, giant musical avatars, indian dancing and more. The special effects are great, and make this the best video game movie that’s not based on a video game. The plot and enemies function like levels Scott has to progress through, each one leading to a stronger opponent. The humour in the movie is also a highlight, brought on by the sheer insanity of some of the battles and some of character’s wits. You might more out of the film if you’re a big video game and anime nerd. Honestly, if you made a drinking game spotting every anime and video game reference, you’d be dead from alcohol poisoning by the end of the film.

Personally, I enjoyed Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The character and plot development may be shot in the director’s effort to adapt seven books in one movie, but it certainly makes for non-stop entertainment. However, if you’re over 35-40 or have epilepsy, I would not recommend the movie. The movie is just so hyperactive and reliant on nerd culture, that someone with those characteristics are much more likely to see the movie as a two hour headache. Everyone else, you should all see this movie the first chance you get. It is an epic experience.

Score: 8.5/10