Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the American directorial debut of Edgar Wright, the nerd culture loving filmmaker that brought you the modern British classics Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Scott Pilgrim is a movie about a 23-year-old Canadian bass player, played by Michael Cera, who falls in love with Ramona Flowers, an American girl with a shattered past. If Cera wants to date Ramona, played expertly by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, he has to defeat her seven evil exes.
Why you could see something else
This movie is a celebration of video games, nerds, and rock music. From the moment the heavily pixelated Universal logo comes up with an 8-bit sounding rendition, you know this is a throwback to the simpler gaming systems that started the revolution. It is a ridiculous comedy/action/romantic love story. Wright has a very unusual method of filmmaking that isn’t for everyone, but it is glorious.
Why you have to see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
If you know Wright’s past work, you know his style and have been anticipating this film for a while now. You were curious to see what he could do on a more free to spend budget that American producers were so willing to give him. Thankfully, it seems that they also gave him artistic freedom to make the film he wanted to make, and it shows.
From the cast to the delightful effects and fight sequences, it is obvious that everyone was on board to create a unique film the likes audiences have never seem. This is unlike anything this summer has delivered and shows what talent is capable of in a great story. Brandon Routh, who was a bit bland as Superman in the most recent version, even provides endless entertainment during his brief stint on screen as the third evil ex-boyfriend. The ensemble dives in head first and devotes every bit of talent to the project that they can.
It is hard to describe the style of this film and is best seen. Know that the villains explode and distribute points and coins to Pilgrim upon being defeated. Two great actors provide cameos as the Vegan Police. There is also a battle between two bass players where their bass playing literally has the power to propel their opponent through walls. It is over the top, comedically perfected, and an entity that stands alone in a summer of massive releases that have been mostly predictable.
Between this movie, Eat, Pray, Love, and The Expendables, this summer looks to be going out on a very good note this weekend. See where Pilgrim is playing in the Denver Metro area by clicking here.