Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim vs the World


Grace Crocker, Staff Writer


Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Movie, was released in 2010 and directed by Edgar Wright. The film is based on a comic series written by Bryan Lee O’Malley, which also inspired its own video game. The film follows the journey of fictional character Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), and his efforts to attain the affections of the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). 

To do so, Pilgrim must first fight Flowers’ seven evil exes. Jim Beaver of the International Movie Database (IMDB) put it best when he wrote, “Scott Pilgrim plays in a band which aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn’t recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tries to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn’t enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death, in order to win Ramona.”

The combat in question refers to a Battle of the Bands that Pilgrim and his group must win in order to get a record deal. All seems to be going well until Pilgrim encounters Flowers, the literal girl of his dreams. From there our main hero gets himself in trouble with not only Flowers’ exes, but the rest of his band and current girlfriend, Knives. Will Pilgrim defeat Flowers’ exes? Will his band win the battle for fame? Will he eventually mend his relationship with Knives?

The film is a romantic comedy; however, it leans heavily on the comedy aspect, with hints of romance scattered throughout. Other accurate categories would be action, and even fantasy because of its odd features such as superpowers and exaggerated fight scenes.

The movie is hilarious, and its quick-witted comedy catches viewers by surprise, garnering laughs throughout the film. It has several references to video games and contains comic-like effects including thick black borders, colorful backgrounds, and visual sound effects, which are tributes to the original Scott Pilgrim vs the World comic series. 

Scott Pilgrim vs the World features several well-known actors, many of whom are now known for playing Marvel and DC Comics superheroes. Chris Evans (Captain America), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), and Brandon Routh (Superman) all have major roles in the film. Kieran Culkin, who plays Wallace Wells, is the brother of Macaulay Culkin, who is best known for his role as Kevin in Home Alone.

This movie is available on Netflix, as well as for purchase from YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Vudu, all for less than $5.

The movie ends in a similar fashion to the comics, but does not carry the story as far. Even more exciting is the possibility of a Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Movie, sequel, which Mary Elizabeth Winstead seems to be on board with. But until such a time as there is any information about a second installment, this film is entertaining enough to watch more than once.

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