Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
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