Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: A True K.O. If Ever There Was One

12 08 2010
With a quirky marketing campaign that included interactive trailers and a visual style like none other, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has film lovers and geeks alike anticipating this mid-summer release. Here’s the breakdown:

When Scott Pilgrim meets Ramona Flowers it’s love at first sight – at lease for him. Little does he know that in order to date Ramona, he must defeat her “Seven Evil Exes.” What follows is an emotional, visual and hysterical roller coaster ride filled with heart, humor and never-before-seen action.

The Monkey: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is in a genre all its own. From the whip-quick wit to the outrageous action scenes, audiences have never seen anything like this. While this kind of out-of-the-boxness could easily slide into absurdity, Scott Pilgrim stays firmly grounded in quality filmmaking, quality storytelling and quality entertainment.

Despite Michael Cera’s relatively predictable performance, his comic timing is priceless, contributing to the film’s effortless and dead-on humor. Kieran Culkin delivered a standout performance as Wallace, Scott’s gay roommate, a performance that matches Cera’s deadpan wit perfectly. It’d be great to see these two become the next Ben Stiller/Owen Wilson.

The visuals are over-the-top, but only when necessary, never over-stimulating or over-done. Edgar Wright’s direction is pitch-perfect: everything from a Pee-Meter to dancing Hindu vampire vixens (yeah, I just said that), fits just right into the story, never seeming out of place. Wright’s ability to draw the audience into this surreal world so quickly and seamlessly is a testament to his directing ability and his team’s efforts.

The Weasel: Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers was a bit underwhelming as the object of Scott’s desire. Maybe this was intentional, to keep the attention on his storyline, but nonetheless, she could have been a bit more…more. Jason Schwartzman similarly added nothing special to the villain role, playing pretty much to type.

While the film’s visuals and humor are its best qualities, Scott’s personal journey plays a secondary role. His inability to grow as a character is uncomfortably augmented by an unnecessarily long and drawn out climactic battle scene (and by drawn out, I mean you get to – have to- see it twice). A minor stepback, to be sure, but a setback all the same – and one that could have easily been remedied especially given the film’s “level-up” and video game oriented structure.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is one of the most visually entertaining movies you’ll see this summer, as well as one of the most cleverly funny. Sure to be a K.O. for audiences and critics alike.

4.5 Death Star out of 5

What do you think? Did you enjoy the off-beat visual style of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World? How does the movie compare to the comics? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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One response

19 08 2010

Sweet Mupitty Odin it was awesome! I think this may have been one of the best film adaptations in years. You are right about Winstead, Ramona’s character was always distant, but she’s meant to warm up to everyone, viewers/readers included, as she starts showing her feelings for scott. Her fight with Roxy should have been more impassioned, in my opinion anyway.

Hell, she busted out a comically over-sized mallet and seemed bored while wielding it. I briefly pictured Harlequin popping into the movie and screaming, “This is how you use a mallet, Puddin'”.

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