Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Epic in its epic epicness…and stuff. Hipsters, comic geeks, ‘80s video game nerds, movie fans…you’ve got your movie. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is one of the more original and funny films to come out in ages, and does great justice to its source comic book material.

Edgar Wright does it again (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), taking the “go to” movie slacker Michael Cera and making him the most interesting he’s been since Arrested Development. Add power ups, extra lives, pee metres, great music, Kung Fu Hustle fight scenes and you’ve got a damn fine movie.


Scott Pilgrim (Cera) doesn’t really have a lot going on besides his band. He’s between jobs, he’s sponging off his roommate (Kieran Culkin) and he’s dating a high schooler (Ellen Chong) that he knows is too young for him. Hello, girl of his dreams Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Now if only Scott can win the battle of the bands, dump his high schooler girlfriend…oh and defeat Ramona’s 7 evil ex-boyfriends (sorry, I mean 7 evil exes), he’ll be happy. Game on!

The blend of video game sound effects and visuals amazingly work really well in this movie. Does it make any sense? No, not really. But who cares. You’ll have to watch the movie a couple of times to get every gamer reference but there’s a lot in there, from Super Mario Bros. to Legend of Zelda to Street Fighter. Unfortunately, if you didn’t grow up in the 80s with a Super Nintendo, or at least have a pretty good knowledge of the culture, you probably won’t be as invested in this movie. Sorry old(er) people.

Michael Cera has built a career out of being an awkward man-child and I’m not saying it’s much different here. What really stands out though is he’s not a pushover and he’s kind of a jerk when it comes to girls. The fact that he has no problem kicking ass was a nice touch to. I should mention the fight scenes were great. Very visual, very kinetic and very fun to watch.

The supporting cast really added to the movie. All seven evil exes, especially Chris Evans as the movie star and Brandon “Superman” Routh as the vegan, all had great scenes. Actually, thinking about it, not a single member of the cast wasn’t fantastic.

4 stars – you’d recommend this. This is one of those movies that unfortunately won’t get the attention it deserves because it doesn’t fit within a specific genre. A little too nichey. And that’s a shame because along with Inception, this is a movie that shows you can do amazing things with original concepts.

Random Recommendations
The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys (2002) – A fitting recommendation off of Scott Pilgrim. Kieran Culkin and his friends are so immersed in comic books to help deal with their own lives that things get really complicated when they try to plan a heist to shake things up.


Ghost World (2001) – One of the first movies to prove you can make a compelling, character driven movie based on a comic book with no capes or spandex. Two girls have just graduated high school and, to cover for little direction or ambition, decide to play a prank on a local middle-aged nerd. The movie also introduced us to an actress known as Scarlett Johansson. Yay us.


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  1. You succeeded in guilting me into reading your review and because of it…I must watch this movie.

  2. If more people guilted more people about seeing this fantastic movie…more people would have seen it.

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