It was fitting that I watch Scott Pilgrim vs. the World after watching the Cornetto Trilogy. It’s one of my favorite films ever so you can probably guess what rating it’s going to get. The film manages to merge video games, comic books, music, and some big actors into a rite of passage story. Edgar Wright’s style manages to create the perfect blend of visuals and storytelling that this film needs. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a Must See film that many people overlooked.
Scott Pilgrim is one of my favorite films
Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has a high school girlfriend named Knives (Ellen Wong), but soon meets the girl from his dreams. Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) just came to Toronto and Scott wants to date her. The catch is, he has to defeat her seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
The cast of this film is nuts: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Ellen Wong, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson, Johnny Simmons, Mae Whitman, Brandon Routh, and Jason Schwartzman. Many of these actors hadn’t had their big break at the time of this film. Yet, most of them have done some pretty major movies since it’s debut. They all work amazingly in this movie and are cast pretty much perfectly. None better than Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead though. As Scott and Ramona they work perfectly and their chemistry works. Like Robert Downey Jr. perfect casting as Tony Stark, Michael Cera was born to be Scott Pilgrim.
The music in the film is both one of it’s strongest parts and its weakest plot points. In that Sex Bo-Bomb is supposed to suck and the music does NOT suck. Trust me, it’s not a plot point I get hung up on, but it was worth mentioning. The battle of the bands is often at the center of the epic fight scenes that take place in the film. Matthew Patel’s entrance while they are on stage is the moment the movie reveals itself for what it is. Anna Kendrick, playing Scott’s sister, takes the place of the audience with her shocked reaction to the events playing out in front of her. The fight choreography is great each time, but it’s also always pretty different. Each one brings something different to the table, and I love them all.
If you’re like far too many people who haven’t seen this movie then buy it. Order it digitally and a physical copy as a back up. You’ll want to watch this at least four times before making any judgements. In order to absorb the brilliance that is Scott Pilgrim, you’ll need to really watch it and embrace the mayhem. One of my top five of all time and I don’t see it getting knocked off anytime soon.