Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

by Ryan on August 19, 2010

in Anything Else,Pop Culture

I just had the chance to see the big fanboy buzz movie of the season, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and I loved it!  From the above trailer you basically get the gist of the plot, but that’s not why the movie’s so good.  It’s got two very necessary things for a good light comic movie, and another characteristic that puts it over the edge for me:

Mild SPOILERS below…

For one, it’s really truly funny — from his high school girlfriend’s antics, to his band’s insecurities, to his gay roommate, and all the side characters like his sister, that chick who works everywhere, and that guy who knows everybody.

Secondly, it has heart and a sober message.  We all need to confront, at one point or another and in different ways, our partner’s baggage.  We’re not always pleased with what we hear but nonetheless have to deal with it.  In Scott Pilgrim, this concept is literally confronted through video-game style fighting, where Scott can only defeat the “Seven Evil Exes” (he keeps saying “ex-boyfriends” — ha!) by knowing something about them with which he can cope.  It’s great use of allegory, but I can see how some people might not get it and complain about a fun, clever movie turning so comic-booky so abruptly.

That leads to the third aspect of this film that puts it over the top in my book — it’s unique.  I haven’t seen a movie with such clever use of special effects, Zelda themes, pop-up video moments, and controlled manic zaniness in a long long time and it really works.  I’d buy into the buzz and see this film if you’re in the mood. Good solid A for me.

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