Saturday, August 14, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Starring Michael Cera, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Brie Larson, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alison Pill, and Chris Evans

Directed by Edgar Wright

Release Date: August 13, 2010

Bursting from the pages of ONI Press and the warped minds of creator Brian Lee O'Malley and Director Edgar Wright, comes Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a hipster's guide through the world of video games, rock and roll, and heartache.

Scott Pilgrim is your typical 22 year-old slacker: He has no job, but sleeps in a bed with his gay roommate, Wallace Wells (Culkin) yet has a new girlfriend when we first enter Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life: 17 year-old high school student Knives Chau (Wong), which is safe, quiet and comfortable after being dumped a year ago by The Clash At Demonhead lead singer/keyboard player, Natalie "Envy" Adams (Brie Larson). Soon, Scott's life is turned upside down when he meets the mysterious delivery girl, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Yet, before Scott can truly win Ramona's heart, he must defeat her exes: THE LEAGUE OF EVIL EXes, seven of Ramona's past relationships....

The first thing I can say is that Edgar Wright perfectly captured the tone of O'Malley's six volumes of Scott Pilgrim: the comedy, the relationship aspects, and the crazy video game inspired action sequences. And yes, this movie is a live action video game: there are "KOs" and status bars, and "VS" captions when Scott fights an EVIL EX. Is everything right? Well, I'd say that Wright skims over one or two important characters but for the most part all of your favorite Pilgrim Universe characters: Stephen Stills, Kim Pine, "young" Neil, and even Comeau!

The actors really nail their characters, even Michael Cera (who, FINALLY HAS EMOTIONAL RANGE!). The league of Evil Exes are truly hilarious, from Chris Evans a Lucas Lee (Ex #2) to Jason Schwartzman as Gideon Gordon Graves (Ex #7). Ramona and Roxy (Ex #4) even have a humourous exchange due to Scott's indecision when having to fight a female EX. I only wish there would have been more time to let the audience get to know Kim Pine (Alison Pill) as well as the comic book audience got to know her in the original stories.

Go see Scott Pilrgirim Vs. The World, it is truly a one of a kind experience at the movies.

Rating: * * * * * of 5

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