Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
In this movie, you’ll see (hear?) hilarious one-liners,
A complete disregard for the laws of gravity,
And a girl with hair like this.
We can’t be friends unless you’ve seen Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. This is the same guy who directed Shaun of the Dead. You’re alright, Edgar Wright. You’re alright.
This movie is adapted from Canadian comic artist Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim. Even if you’re not into comics, do yourself a really big favour and read it.
The story takes place in Toronto, where twenty-something slacker Scott (Michael Cera) has just started dating a high-schooler, to the mockery of his friends. But then he meets Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a neon-haired, roller-skating, dimension-travelling American. He’s instantly attracted to her but is kind of too much of a wuss to break up with his current sort-of girlfriend.
Side-note: Everyone is attracted to Ramona Flowers. Everyone. Even you.
Scott and Ramona start hanging out, but he’s informed that if he wants to go out with her he’ll have to defeat her Seven Evil Exes. Video game logic seems to apply to this particular version of Toronto – actions produce physical sound effects, sword and kung-fu duels are commonplace, and bosses explode into coins when they’re defeated. If Scott wants to win the rights to Ramona’s love, he will be forced to face Gideon, the most evil ex of all.
Even if you haven’t read the comics, everything about his movie screams cult classic. I’m pretty certain even non-nerds will love it – but I can’t say that for sure, since I really have no idea what it’s like to be a non-nerd. Imagine. Not being a nerd.
If you are a fan of the comics, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised how faithful to them the movie is. The end, however, if completely different – at the time the movie was developed Bryan Lee O’Malley had not yet written the last book in the series. While he gave suggestions to the script writers on which direction to take the story, the book and movie ultimately have their own interpretations of the ending.
Scott Pilgrim is one of few print-to-movie adaptations where I am incredibly pleased with the casting. I have no idea where the casting director found these people, but the relatively unknown actors seem to have been ripped straight from the comic. I cannot, however, fully express the depths of my hatred of the casting of Michael Cera as Scott. Scott is supposed to be a hyper, charismatic, kind-of-unlikeable-yet-weirdly-loveable douche. Instead, he’s a vacant, mildly befuddled, and entirely obnoxious douche. Fortunately, even Michael Cera can’t diminish my love for this movie.
Kill it with fire.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is face paced, quirky, and almost manic – viewers who are used to comic books and video games will immediately get it. But the casual viewer might not be sure what to make of it. This is a movie that might only appeal to genre-fans, but to them it is an instant classic.
And it’s just
One final thought: Everyone wants Wallace Wells to be their best friend. Everyone. Even you.