Release Date: 2010
Director: Edgar Wright
Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rock band, he’s between jobs and he’s dating a cute high school girl. That’s what the blurb on the back of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Volume 1 says, and is pretty much the story in a nutshell. However, when he sees Ramona Flowers, first in his dreams and then through a series of encounters (and a major stalking campaign), he falls head over heels in love, however, unbeknownst to Pilgrim he must first fight her seven evil exes in order to date her. Let the gaming/anime style rumble begin!
The movie is directed by Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) and stars Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno) in the lead as Scott Pilgrim, it is an adaption of the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley and does well to stick to its very random and bizarre (yet pleasing to read) source material. As the tagline suggests the movie is an epic of epic epicness.
In order to date Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) Scott must first defeat her bizarre array of evil exes, 7 ofthem in fact. They turn up randomly throughout the movie, usually during one of the many band sequences and begin attacking our hero. He also has to deal with his high school girlfriend Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) and housemate Wallace Wells, superbly played by Kieran Culkin. Each one of the supporting cast add more humour and depth to this large array of different characters, interwoven into a series of anime/gaming style fight sequences.
Only one low point can be found in this tale of epicness and that’s the romance between Pilgrim and Flowers, which as
one of the main driving forces of the movie doesn’t really draw you in. The romance aspect isn’t totally convincing and considering Pilgrim is fighting her 7 exes he doesn’t seem overly bothered either way. This however is overshadowed by great supporting performances, most specifically from the 7 evil exes,
especially when you find yourself at some points wishing they had more screen time. Chris Evans does well as the ‘overly egotistical’ Hollywood star Lucas Lee and Brandon Routh almost steals the show as the psychic evil ex Todd Ingram. Highpoints of the movie include an epic battle with the Katayanagi twins, and although there is little to no dialogue here the special effects, mixed with the music make for a very exciting and visually impressive sequence you actually feel a little sad when it’s over.
Edgar Wright delivers a fun and entertaining comic book adaption, drawing from the source material and developing it perfectly for the screen. The anime and gaming references alone add to the films entertainment value, right down to the opening Universal logo which is rendered in 8-bit graphics and sound, which leads perfectly into the beginning of the film and sets the tone for what is about to follow. Scott Pilgrim is a video game movie within a comic book movie set within the ‘real world’ and it works very well.
Check out the trailer below!