Ian's Movie Reviews
Short Reviews of Movies, Board Games, and Other Stuff

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is not for everyone. It is indeed a very unorthodox film; for some this will turn them off, for others this will intrigue and excite them. I was the latter.

This movie is full of pop culture references but not in the blatant, nonsensical manner of recent “spoof” movies. Instead, these references are more ingrained and a part of the fabric of the film, which is to be expected from the director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The pop culture jabs here focus more on anime, video games, graphic novels and indie rock, such as people turning into coins when they’re defeated and even having the Universal logo at the start show up pixelated with the theme in cheesy NES synthesized tones.

The story deals with Scott Pilgrim (played by Michael Cera in a way which doesn’t just remind us of George Michael again) going after a girl who, as it turns out, has seven evil exes who pop up throughout the film and try to kill him. Therefore we have both an interesting romance story as well as some really cool, exciting, and colourful action scenes thrown in.

The film-makers do an excellent job of portraying this particular sub-culture of twenty-something Canadians in a way which gives the audience a sense of place and familiarity. We get the sense that these characters all did in fact live here and hang out together long before we ever joined them at the opening of the movie.

Not everything works here, like the roommate and Scott’s previous girlfriend, but enough does to keep interest and excitement levels high. This is a flamboyant, vibrant movie which will not be ignored. 8/10


3 Responses to “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”

  1. I generally agree with this view, although I might rate it higher (like 8.4 -8.7ish). I was initially turned off by the comic-book style effects, but I started to get into it, and then started anticipating it. I thought the ending was great. Idk if those unfamiliar with video games could enjoy this movie, though, especially since it had to be wrapped in a really bland love story to keep the plot moving along. My final word on this movie is: if you grew up with video games, you will probably like this movie.

    • That’s a good point. You may need to have a level of pop culture knowledge, especially where video games and comics are concerned. My wife, for example, doesn’t really have that and she despised this movie.

  2. I love the epic feel of the fight between Hipster Dufus King of the Past and Hipster Dufus King of the present (Schwartzman and Cera).
    Also, the movie was just great. For anybody who has their finger on the pop culture pulse, as well as a love for video games and comics, this movie will be their anthem for awesome.

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