Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Movie Review

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Movie Review


Alert! Big box office movie on the new movies list! Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is expected to be a hit with youth, although it may not appeal to older audiences.

Universal’s new movie, "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World", had a surprise screening at Comic-Con, an event for fans of movies inspired by comic books. Based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel, it was directed, produced and co-written by Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”). This upcoming movie is all about video games, manga, music videos and comic books.

Michael Cera plays Scott Pilgrim (O’Malley “borrowed” Scott’s last name from the hero of Kurt Vonnegut’s iconic novel “Slaughterhouse Five”), a geeky guy from Toronto who plays bass guitar in a garage band. He’s also twenty something and dating a teenager.

Other members of the movies cast include Anna Kendrick as Pilgrim’s younger sister, Kieran Culkin as Pilgrim’s gay roommate, Mark Webber and Alison Pill as band members, Brie Larson, who plays Pilgrim’s ex-girlfriend and Ellen Wong who plays Pilgrim’s 17 year old girlfriend, Knives Chau.

Then there’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays Romana Flowers. When Romana, the dangerous woman of many hair colors appears, Pilgrim is smitten and agrees to fight all of her seven evil ex-boyfriends to win her hand.

The movie is all about these duels to the death: fights involving bad martial arts, ear blasting music, knives and even a dash of half and half. (Half and half? One of the ex boyfriends (actually one of the seven is a girlfriend) is a vegan.) No one ever mentions why Pilgrim must defeat all of the ex-lovers to win the hand of Flowers. He just has to do it. It seems to be a relatively new convention of new comic books and graphic novels that no explanation is necessary for the action.

The specialty of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, this one of movies coming soon, is its imitation of a manga. Action either becomes faster or slower. The movie screen splits and splits. There are loads of comic book type sounds. There are lots of written phrases that appear on the screen. There isn’t much sense behind the action in this film, although it probably won’t matter to young graphic novel and manga fans.

Cera’s performance is ho-hum. He doesn’t seem to be particularly attached to anything but the action in the film. Pilgrim is just pushed through the movie from one violent scene to another, switching crushes now and again, sleeping platonically in the same bed with his gay roommate (?), and battling all the evil exes for no apparent reason.

No matter how wishy-washy the plot of this movie appears to be to a mature audience, chances are pretty good that young moviegoers will be flocking to see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.


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