I’d heard about the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World when it was released in theaters, but I never got the chance to see it. The premise sounded interesting: nerdy guy meets cool chick and ends up having to fight her seven evil exes to win her heart… With a comic book/video game feel to it.
I was completely unprepared for how unabashedly AWESOME this move is.
Yes, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was one of the most creative, unique, and entertaining films I’ve seen this year. It stars Michael Cera, the nerdy-but-kinda-cool young star of Juno, Superbad, and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. The supporting cast, including quite a few cameos, brings such actors as Brandon Routh (aka the new Superman), Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) Jason Schwartzman (last decade’s nerdy-but-kinda-cool young star) and even one of the Culkin boys (Kieran) to the screen. They all have interesting roles and good performances, but that’s not what makes SPvtW such an amazing piece of work.
Visually, the movie is absolutely captivating. There are a ton of creative flourishes around visually representing sound effects, through what in any other film would be cheesy graphics reminiscent of 1960s-era Batman episodes. The martial arts and stunts in the film are so over-the-top absurd that you could imagine them taking place in one of the Kill Bill installments. And the faster-than-you-can-blink scene changes, with characters still in place, are delightfully jarring to watch.
And of course, if your teen years included being in a garage band or following your friends around in theirs, quite a lot of this movie will have you nostalgically thinking back to the good ol’ days of your youth.
As I write this, I realize that my descriptions of the movie are pretty feeble. It’s truly the sort of bizarre, innovative filmmaking that you have to see to understand — visually creative, musically energizing, action scenes so impossible to believe that you can revel in their lunacy, and a few dashes of genuine character development here and there.
Music lovers, film lovers, martial arts lovers, Michael Cera lovers, and really anyone under the age of 40, physiologically or mentally, should see this movie. Netflix it, pay-per-view it, iTunes it, hell even schlep out to a Blockbuster Video if you have to, but watch Scott Pilgrim vs. the World…
Perhaps with an adventurous friend and a drink or two, just to put you in the right frame of mind.