Sunday, May 21, 2017

Movie review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

When rollerblading goddess Ramona arrives in his life, Scott quickly falls in love. But to win her heart, the slacker musician must defeat all seven of her evil exes in intense martial arts battles.

Michael Cera (Scott), Alison Pill (Kim), Mark Webber (Stephen), Johnny Simmons (Neil), Ellen Wong (Knives), Kieran Culkin (Wallace), Anna Kendrick (Stacey), Mary Winstead (Ramona), Aubrey Plaza (Julie), Ben Lewis (Other Scott).

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World begins nicely with some character introductions and plot setup before the main story begins to unfold. Dumped by his now famous with her own band girlfriend, Scott begins dating the much younger star-struck Knives. But when rollerblading Ramona rolls into his life, Scott falls for her, and struggles to end things with Knives. Concurrently, Scott learns that romancing Ramona means defeating each of her seven evil exes in martial arts death matches, expressed in an unusual video game format.

Acting was solid with Cera doing well and working nicely with Wong, Winstead, and the rest. Wong was silly fun and did well, while Winstead delivered her mild role competently. Pill, Webber, Simmons, and the remainder of the supporting cast were enjoyable with some decent laughs.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good and the film had a quality feel. Yet, the strange video game martial arts scenes felt a bit out of place despite an obvious focus toward the gaming crowd, and almost detracted from the storyline. Dialogue was campy and fun for the most part. Sound and soundtrack were interesting.

Overall Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is an unusual story, and approach to storytelling. The result is a mildly funny action comedy that will leave many shaking their heads and others still laughing. Fans of comic book based films will likely enjoy this the most.

With some sexuality, comic book violence, foul language, and potentially disturbing images, this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2010
Reviewed: 4.30.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Comedy, Films based on comic books, Cult Comedy

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