Archive Review: Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)

Equal parts hilarious, cute and completely bonkers, this impressively cast movie really surprised me.  I was prepared to hate it, but it was oddly endearing.

Certificate: 12A

Director: Edgar Wright

Screenwriter: Michael Bacall, Edgar Wright

Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin

Genre: Action, Comedy

Runtime: 112 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Scott Pilgrim plays in a band which aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn’t recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tries to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn’t enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona. – From IMDB

This is the craziest ball of nuttiness I have ever seen.  I have always heard really great things about this film and although I had heard the basis of it’s crazy plot, and thought it sounded kind of interesting, I never thought it would be as good as it was. 

The videogame style visuals used throughout the film mixed in with a lot of comic strip style aesthetics makes for a really different visual experience.  Films like Deadpool and the watchmen have made use of their comic book origins and incorporated them into their big screen adaptions, but Scott Pilgrim jumps in with both feet and utilizes every aspect it possibly can.  For some viewers I imagine this could be quite jarring and annoying, but I am a sucker for Comic book movies and I loved this interesting visual style.

Michael Cera returns in yet another Indie smash.  He did a lot of them around this time, becoming a real indie darling. And he does a great job in this film, really bringing the character of Scott to life and embodying all of us who have ever felt like life is just a little too hard and a little too unfair.  However, he was kind of type cast in this kind of awkward, dorky kind of character for a while.  And while he pulls it off pretty well, it would have been nice to do something playing outside of his usual wheelhouse.  Mary Elizabeth Winstead was also fabulous here, in fact it may be one of my favourite performances from her.  Although I don’t feel like Ramona and Scott had the chemistry between them that the story desired, it did lend itself to making the relationship feel that bit more awkward.

I feel like most of the awkwardness and bizarreness was entirely intentional, which usually I don’t rate in a film at all.  Cringe comedies are one of my least favourite things,  so this was a real surprise for me.  I highly recommend that if you are wary of this one, you should give it a shot, it might surprise you as well. 

‘Scott Pilgrim vs the World’ is available to Rent or Buy on Amazon from £3.49

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