Film Review | Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Director – Edgar Wright

Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Ellen Wong, Brie Larson, Chris Evans

Genre: Action | Comedy

Release Date: August 25th 2010

Certificate: 12A

Scott Pilgrim (Cera) feels like he is the luckiest man alive when he falls for Ramona (Winstead), but his luck soon changes when he finds out in order to win her heart he must defeat her seven evil exes.

Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

There are two ways you can go when adapting a film from a comic or graphic novel into a feature film, there’s the DC/Marvel route where you make an action film with comic characters or there is the route where you feel like you’ve just watched a comic book come to life, this is the way Edgar Wright went when making Scott Pilgrim vs, The World and despite all its issues it remains one of the best looking and enjoyable graphic novel adaptations I’ve ever seen.

Scott Pilgrim is a strange film to write about in some respects because it has so many great things going for it, but two aspects that I feel holds the movie back, namely the characters of Scott and Ramona and just how unlikable they both are, Scott, is a cheat, self-centred and uses women to make himself feel better and it’s only at the end that he gives a second thought to anyone but himself, whereas Ramona is the ultimate Manic Pixie Dream Girl, she even appears in a dream to Scott before meeting him in person and the only character development she is given through the relationships with her ex’s, sadly this makes her little more than to be a typical male fantasy.

Michael Cera, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Johnny Simmons, and Ellen Wong in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

At this point, you might be wondering what the good aspects can be if I dislike the two main characters and still like the film, well the first thing to love about Scott Pilgrim is just how good the whole thing looks, Wright wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries in terms visuals, his use of pop up info boxes, split screen and ’90s esque screen art makes the even the simple scenes more exciting, whereas the fight scenes are all well choreographed and thrilling to watch.

Also, despite the fact that Scott and Ramona are such awful people, the rest of the cast are all much more inviting, Scott’s cool gay roommate Wallace Wells (Culkin), steals every scene he is in with his snarky comments and the closest thing to a grown-up you meet during the film, Stacey Pilgrim (Kendrick) is enjoyable as the film’s voice of reason, but by far the best character in the film is Scott’s 17-year-old former girlfriend Knives Chau (Wong), who is by far the nicest and most relatable character with her boundless energy, real emotions and biggest character ark.

4 Panda

Once you get past the toxic leads, Scott Pilgrim vs, The World is a quirky and fun to watch action comedy that’s beautifully shot and filled with loads of interesting little treats for gamers, musicians and film fans alike.

If you liked: Shazam, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Kick Ass


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