Scott Pilgrim V.S. The World is the newest movie from genre smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), which is based off the relatively unknown Scott Pilgrim graphic novels written and drawn by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Due to this, I think that Scott Pilgrim V.S. The World could be classified as an out-and-out gamble for Universal Pictures; however it is a risk well worth taking.
The movie’s star is Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), a jobless heartbroken slacker and bass guitarist for the band Sex Bob-omb, formed by him and his friends Stephen Stills and Kim Pine. Whilst dating a high schooler, a Chinese-Canadian named Knives Chau, the gal from his dreams, literally begins showing up almost everywhere he goes. It soon becomes evident that Ramona Flowers isn’t like most girlfriends because if Scott desires to keep courting her he must contend with her past, the League of Evil Exes, which consists of seven nefarious members. His opponents vary: from a skateboarding actor to a chubby blonde half-ninja. Poor Scott Pilgrim is learning that being in love truly hurts.
Then again, that’s the hook, the draw of Scott Pilgrim V.S. The World isn’t it? The fusty plot of “love” has been contorted, upturned until something definitely fresh was produced. This is what Scott Pilgrim V.S. The World has delightfully done.
In addition, the fight sequences are flat-out F-U-N! Battles with the exes are infused with an assortment of deliberate video game references such as an announcer proclaiming K.O. upon losing the clash to Scott Pilgrim. Gamers will really appreciate the nod to video games, some subtle, some obvious. Humor is prominent too, but it is quite believable, not shoe horned in fortuitously.
Alas Scott Pilgrim V.S. The World isn’t perfect. The expression lost in translation comes to mind because the complexities and attributes for some of the characters were toned down. The film wasn’t long enough to properly flesh them out. For instance, even the lead chick Ramona came off as more lifeless than merely distant. Important elements from the graphic novels were glossed over too, like the Subspace Highway.
Despite those grievances, this yarn of powering up thanks to love and defeating bosses to free the figurative princess from the clutches of Gideon is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. There’s no movie that’s similar to Scott Pilgrim V.S. The World since it is so abnormal and astonishing.