|August 13, 2010|
|Based On The Book By
|Bryan Lee O’Malley|
|Action, Comedy, Romance
Rated PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references
|Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
There are certain comedies that are released sporadically that truly appear tailored to a viewer’s exact humor. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is that film. Not only does the film live up to its tagline: “an epic of epic epicness” , with its action sequences, music, and overall style, Scott Pilgrim has the cast and performances to match. Like preceding niche comedies, the mass majority of audiences will miss the humor and run from the theater wondering what Scott Pilgrim exactly was (my experience twice now has left me as the only person laughing in the theater a majority of the time). Scott Pilgrim is a monumental and mind-blowing success, regardless of appearing mainstream or not.
First, let me start off with a bold statement: Scott Pilgrim could not have been played by any other actor in the entire world. Michael Cera epitomizes the character of Scott Pilgrim. His monotone responses and wimpy guy persona fits the Pilgrim mantra to perfection. There are literally a thousand instances where the part is nonpareil tailored to Cera. With his puffy hair and constant blank stares, Cera send you laughing from the first few minutes of the film. Even Cera’s voice makes each line an absolutely jocular intonation.
Scott Pilgrim is in a band (The Sex-Bob-Ombs). Therefore, the music becomes an important part of the film. As the style of the film is not the epitome of pop-culture, the music follows in the same regards. Headed by Beck, Metric, and Plumtree, the soundtrack of the film is grungy and raw, solidifying the inherent nature of the film.
The most epic portion of Scott Pilgrim are the action sequences. There are seven evil exes that Scott Pilgrim must face to continue dating Ramona. From start to finish, the build up for each fight is extravagant and well proportioned. Each one of the exes has a unique appearance and special power, giving the feel of an actual video game. Each showdown is a combination of style straight out of the graphic novels, with actual words appearing when there is a “SMACK” or a “WHIP”, and the leading production value of a stylized film like The Matrix or The Dark Knight.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World has a style all its own. No other film even slightly resembles Scott Pilgrim, much the way Zombieland remained in its own playing field. Decked out with the feel of an 80’s or 90’s video game, Scott Pilgrim is complete with an 8-bit Universal introduction and video game references throughout, including Scott winning coins after beating each of the exes, bonuses like “1 Ups” and “the power of self-respect” sword, and even a “Pee Bar”.
Though Michael Cera steals the show, the supporting cast works wonders on completing the masterpiece that is Scott Pilgrim. Kieran Culkin completely smashes his part out of the ballpark, delivering a performance worthy of recognition and hopefully carrying him to a much higher playing field. Mary Elizabeth-Winstead delivers a heart-stopping performance as Pilgrim’s love interest, Ramona Flowers, coming off as a heartthrob effectively. Rising from nowhere, expect to see Pill more frequently in the near future. Jason Schwartzman, as the final boss, Gideon, continues his hilarious yet villainous contributions to film tapping into the likes of his bad guy performances in Slackers, Rushmore, and Funny People. Round off the cast with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Evans, and Brandon Routh and the film comes off more like a big money box office contender rather than a cult inspiring underground flick.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World screams originality and devotion from the creators and all those involved. Hilarity spews from every orifice of the film, causing this viewer to laugh from start to finish on two separate viewings. Dialogue, style, music, and action make Scott Pilgrim an easy mark for remaining relevant for decades to come, giving off an antiquity, yet a modern spin on a basic situation. Plain and simple, Scott Pilgrim is *cuss*ing awesome and worth the price of admission 10x over.