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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
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by Rob Gonsalves

"It's the bob-omb."
5 stars

It’s too early to declare "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World" my favorite movie of the year, but it may well be the most fun movie I’ll see in 2010.

And I’m not even that big a fan of the source material, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s manga-flavored six-volume series of graphic novels. The comics are fine, often charming, a bit glib. The movie, directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), is something else again, a glorious mutant built out of disreputable pop culture — old-school videogames, indie semi-punk rock, cheesy action flicks, melodramatic anime. It’s everything your parents told you was a waste of time when you were a teenager, and unless you’ve turned into them, you should find it an exhilarating fantasia on a serious theme, or at least one that feels serious when you’re young.

How many of us have had to deal with the spectres of the former partners of a new love interest? Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), a hapless Canadian slacker, must contend with seven of them. In order to win the hand of new girlfriend Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Scott must do battle with the “Evil Exes” in a series of elaborately choreographed, videogame-inspired duels. Scott and his friends sit around a lot playing old console games or arcade games, so of course he sees this conflict through an 8-bit prism. The whole movie could be taken as the fever dream of an insecure Nintendo addict who’s afraid he can’t measure up to his beloved’s past Romeos.

The visuals are astounding, but are never the tail wagging the dog; they’re always grounded in Scott’s feelings and his inner journey from an overgrown boy (he’s 22) to a man. Michael Cera is a spot-on casting choice — I kept being amused by the fact that nearly every young woman in the movie has a deeper voice than he does. The danger is that the mass audience will peg Scott Pilgrim as just another Michael Cera movie where he mopes around limply and chinlessly, but he plays different notes here and shows what he can do with a character who actually has a goal. The whole cast is dead-on, actually, the best comics-to-movie match being Alison Pill as the perpetually annoyed Kim Pine, the drummer for Scott’s terrible band Sex Bob-omb. (“Bob-omb” is a reference to the Super Mario series of games. I had to look that up; maybe you didn’t.)

Edgar Wright first made a splash in Britain with the brilliant TV series Spaced, which augmented its vision of mundane slacker life with endless in-jokes about movies. Scott Pilgrim is cut from the same cloth, and given many times the budget of Spaced, Wright has room for playfulness that verges on epic. Sometimes the gags are achieved the old-fashioned way, such as the clever editing in a sequence with Scott and his 17-year-old girlfriend Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) carrying on a conversation in an ever-changing series of locales, or in possibly the funniest shot of shoelace-tying ever filmed. Older critics have grouched about the lighter-than-air pleasures of Scott Pilgrim (I’m 40 and I loved it), as if those critics’ elders hadn’t looked down their noses at the youth culture of the ‘60s and ‘70s that’s held up as canonical today.

"Scott Pilgrim" won’t cross over to the mainstream or change the course of cinema (its true destiny will be as a cult flick on Blu-ray), but it will thoroughly satisfy the modest audience it’s meant to satisfy.

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originally posted: 08/14/10 20:48:44
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User Comments

9/08/13 Simon Technically excellent w/innovative direction, but fatally hollow unlikeable characters 3 stars
8/22/13 KingNeutron Really grew on me after watching more than once. 4 stars
5/30/13 fartvenugen Dumb, unfunny, worthless. 1 stars
6/28/12 Jerome "Milk and Eggs Bitch" - Classic 4 stars
2/03/11 matt Fucking funny and action-packed. Bizarre but somehow Wright holds it all together 5 stars
12/08/10 ES Hilarious 5 stars
11/29/10 April I love Cera and Wright, but this movie was such a disappointment. 1 stars
11/17/10 joey johnson Funny on some parts. 4 stars
10/30/10 M.J. I honestly didn't read this review but I'm 99 percent sure it used the word hipster in it. 5 stars
9/14/10 Joe What D said. 5 stars
9/13/10 Steph Well, you're a "hip" movie, here's your final reference: TL;DNR 1 stars
9/02/10 Sean My favorite movie this year, but if you don't get it, you'll hate it. 5 stars
8/29/10 UnionJ Anyone who doesn't irrationally hate Cera will love this! 5 stars
8/28/10 Mitch Dolan another near perfect movie from Edgar Wright 5 stars
8/24/10 Davey Great movie. Loved it. Edgar Wright hits another one out of the park. 5 stars
8/16/10 Flounder This is real hit and miss. I enjoyed it, but found much of it disjointed 4 stars
8/16/10 karamashi Visually stunning, fairly good adaption, a little exhaustive but overall a blast. 4 stars
8/14/10 D The fact that you toss in a reference to Sears shows how far out of the target demographic 5 stars
8/13/10 Ben Erik Childress is right. This film is a sloppy, uncontrolled failure of a worthy experiment 2 stars
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