Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) – Review

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the film adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel of the of the same name. In Toronto, Canada, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a grieving twenty-two year old whom plays bass in, Sex Bob-omb, a small, new band, looking to behold a record label. Scott falls for an elusive woman of whom he first saw in a dream, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). In order to not only win her heart, but transcend from himself, Scott must defeat her seven evil exes in battles that could cost him his life.

Scott, is too haunted by his exes. Both of which whom still yet remain evident in his life, but rather than simply through old memories, and perils  of each, they exists in the flesh; one as part of a famous band, the other as a high school student of seventeen.

Admittedly, I was apprehensive of this film for some time, but do in part of its consist praise amongst my peers, I decided to sit down with it.


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is wonderful. While Micheal Cera may not stray away too much from his usual self, he does indeed deserve some notoriety for his portrayal of Scott Pilgrim. His humor is quick wit and is as sharp, quirky, and as likable as ever. The same could be said toward the rest of the cast as well. The comedic delivery and timing of the cast—especially Wallace (Kieran Culkin), Scott’s homosexual roommate—combined with an ever-present use of video game sounds, references, and influence are an absolute treat.

The film does process quiet a bit of action which is breathtaking on any level. The action sequences are fun, well-choreographed, and again ornamented with video game influence. Afterward, you may be asking yourself is Scott Pilgrim is an action film first, or a comedic one. What truly makes Scott Pilgrim vs. the World unique, however, is that it is a movie of a certain style.

Richard Ketteridge. the visual effects editor, does a spectacular job immersing us into Scott’s world. There is a number of sequences throughout the film that are respectable in craft, but the little things such as the screech of a phone with RIIIIIIING vibrating from it, are what I find to be even more respectable. Ketteridge does keep these small things consistent throughout which allows for a natural immersion of viewers.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a terrific ride and a joy of a film that will have you quoting it over and again when the opportunity presents itself—appropriate or no. To be brief: Scott Pilgrim is laugh-out-loud funny, full of action, romance, and is visually stunning and you should see it.

9/10

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