Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 10/10

Amazing visuals, clever script

Out-dated references might turn off younger viewers, hyper visuals might turn off older viewers

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Studio: Big Talk Films

Genre(s): Comic Book/Action/Adventure/Comedy/Romance

Release Date(s): August 13, 2010

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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We’re so hip that it is tragic…

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has met the girl of his dreams…unfortunately, she has seven evil exes that aren’t too happy about Scott seeing her.  Now Scott must battle for Ramona’s love and hopes the evil exes won’t end his relationship with Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) before it begins.

Directed by Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was based on six series graphic novels (Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness, Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hours) that were released between 2004 and 2010 (the year of the movie).  Due to the late release of final volumes, the story is an amalgam of the graphic novels.

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Get ready for the Sex Bo-Bombs!!!

I was excited about Scott Pilgrim when I saw the trailers.  I liked Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead and wanted to see what he did with a comic book movie…which just happens to be a video game movie as well.

The movie also is one of the first true video game movies.  It wasn’t a video game, but you can tell the characters grew up in a video game world.  The movie is littered with references to Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Mario games but also goes as obscure as little NES titles like Clash at Demonhead (a personal NES favorite of mine).  The love of video games and the slacker life seem to just fly off the screen.

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Feel the power of Vegan!!!

That is part of the problem with Scott Pilgrim, and I think partially is to blame with the lackluster box office intake.  While most criticizes like the movie (myself included) and most viewers also liked it, it didn’t do well.  The movie is made for 30-40 year olds that grew up with the games referenced in the movie.  It feels like it should have been set in the 1990s (but they choose to set it more present day).  It stars actors too young to remember half the things they are referencing.  Younger viewers probably wouldn’t get many of the references, and older viewers might have been turned off by the young feel of the movie.

Visually the movie is very flashy and is very fast moving.  The script is quick, smart, and unforgiving to pretty much all the characters involved (even the infallible Scott Pilgrim is kind of a schmuck).  This makes them feel pretty real and the actors do a good job with the over-the-top style of the movie.

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The power of love is a mysterious thing

The movie has dead parts.  The romance kind of gets put on the back-burner when the real fighting starts and then to try to return to the romance feels a bit awkward (give me more Knives Chau fighting action).  It also kind of sucks that a few of the evil exes are really sidelined in the fights and the twins are a waste.  The movie has some craziness like El Topo (as in advancing by defeating rivals), and things like the mental superior of vegans is mocked (which is awesome).

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World did not do much at the box office, but it gained a cult following.  The fact that the cast was young and popular (Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Mae Whitman, Jason Schwartzman, Alison Pill, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin, Brandon Routh, and Brie Larson) and that the movie was uniquely visual helped raise the film…It looks like it was touch and go for Scott Pilgrim to succeed for a while, but it look like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has won!

Related Links:

Scott Pilgrim 1:  Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life

Scott Pilgrim 2:  Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim 3:  Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness

Scott Pilgrim 4:  Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
Follow me on Twitter/Instagram/Letterboxd @JPRoscoe76! Loves all things pop-culture especially if it has a bit of a counter-culture twist. Plays video games (basically from the start when a neighbor brought home an Atari 2600), comic loving (for almost 30 years), and a true critic of movies. Enjoys the art house but also isn't afraid to let in one or two popular movies at the same time.

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