Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Movie Review

I first want to give a shout out to GFBrobot for suggesting I do a review for their website for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Check out their site and the article here also. I previously did a post on their site Cyborgs Exist and Humanity is Doomed (also on GurlGoneGeek here).

If you are a fan of the six-volume comic series Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Bryan Lee O’Malley there is no need to worry because the movie stays true to the source martial.  I (un)shamefully admit I was one of the many Scott Pilgrim bandwagoners and quickly read the series just in time to see the movie opening day.  I liked the series it was funny and loved all of the novelty and geekery in it.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World starred everyone’s favorite awkward nerd superstar Michael Cera as well as Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Mae Whitman (Arrested Development), Allison Pill (Milk), Chris Evans (Fantastic Four and soon to be Captain America) to name a few.  It was directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) which opened Aug. 13th.

Scott Pilgrim is one of the oldest stories in the book, just a bit more literal: Boy meets the girl of his dreams and has to fight to keep her.  Seriously though, she literally roller blades through his dreams… You kind of had to be there.  The setting takes place in the magical far away land of Canada.  Scott is a major slacker, jobless, bassist for his band “Sex Bob-Omb”, and lives with his gay scene-stealing roommate Wallace (Kieran Culkin) whom he shares a bed with.  But he isn’t Wallace’s gay lover, Scott’s just broke and lazy, and they can’t afford another bed.

The movie begins with Scott dating a 17-year-old High School girl named Knives Chau (played by Ellen Wong)… by the way he’s 23.  But then Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Windstead) takes a shortcut using the subspace-portal through his dreams and he can’t get her off his mind after that.  Scott takes Ramona out on a date, which is really just a walk around a park.  Did I mention he’s broke and lazy?  After that things start moving ridiculously fast with Ramona and next thing Scott knows he’s dating two girls at once.  Scott drops Knives for Ramona but Knives doesn’t drop Scott.

After he defeats Ramona’s Indian pseudo-pirate ex-boyfriend in a Bollywood musical melee, he discovers that he has to defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends (one is an ex-girlfriend during her “bi-curious sexy phase”) into order to continue dating her.  As you can see by now, story is profoundly unrealistic but the movie is fully aware of this and doesn’t take itself too seriously which makes it even funnier.

The video game style fight scenes with the evil exes are fun and are sure to make any gamer laugh or atleast smile a bit.  Instead of a bloody beaten body lying on the ground after the fight the exes turn into coins, items, power ups and extra lives.  Smiling yet?  Don’t worry you will. Scott has his fair share of exes too, which is kind of hard to believe since he’s such a slacker and a jerk at times to girls but we have to remember this story profoundly unrealistic.

The rating:  Go see it! Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a big pop culture cocktail but even if you aren’t a nerd, otaku, fanboy/fangirl, gamer or hipster the movie is still just as humorous and fun.

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