Title: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (DVD & Blu-ray)
Directed by: Edgar Wright (director of Shaun of the Dead & Hot Fuzz)
Length: 112 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Action, Guy-Friendly-Romance, Comic/Gaming (pretty much everything awesome!)
Based on: Scott Pilgrim graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Are you in your teens? 20’s? 30’s? Heck, young at heart? Boy, do I have the movie for you! [Blogger’s note: I would be an awful Billy Mays.] Well, that’s assuming you like any of the following: graphic novels, music, video games, comedy, over-the-top action and/or romance. What’s that? You don’t? Well, GET OUT. …I’ll wait for the whole zero people to leave the blog. We good? Okay.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was easily the most entertaining movie of 2010. Filled with comic and video game-imbued fight scenes, dumb (e.g., Scott) and witty (e.g., Wallace) comedy, insanely catchy music, and a seriously messed up relationship.
For those of you that know nothing about Scott Pilgrim, the story begins like this: Scott Pilgrim is a 23-year old slacker. Still reeling from a bad break-up, he manages to form a tentative relationship with high schooler Knives Chau. While complacent, Scott is turned on his head when his literal dream girl shows up: Ramona Flowers. After finally convincing Ramona to start dating, and a half-hearted break-up with love-struck Knives (perhaps not entirely in that order), Scott discovers that in order to remain with Ramona, he must battle her seven evil exes. And these are no Karate Kid structured matches; each evil ex has their own abilities and powers, and is willing to go to any low to defeat Scott (something Scott himself has no problem doing).
Did I mention Scott’s in a band? Featured as the bass player in Sex Bob-omb, along with Steven Stills as lead guitar/vocals and Kim Pine on drums. For those of you worried about some random band performing and the hoity-toity actors lip syncing and pretending to play the instruments, fear not! Each member of Sex Bob-omb plays their own instrument, both in the movie and for the soundtrack. I will note, however, that Beck wrote all their songs—who cares?! Beck is awesome! As for The Clash at Demonhead, Brie Larson (as Envy) sings in the movie, but it’s Metric’s song on the album—again, Metric is superb, so oh well! And may I just note that there is, I kid you not, a Bass Battle! I love puns.
Worried about the movie straying too far from its graphic novel roots? Again, not an issue! The beginning is nearly word for word, and while they have to leave some things out for time’s sake, and the ending is a bit different due to the final volume not being out until after the movie’s script was written. Aside from that, nearly everything including the characters’ clothes and hair styles are identical to those in the graphic novels.
Okay, Scott’s pretty oblivious, and Ramona seems to have been cold and uncaring in her past, but the events and the dialogue that transpire with these two and those around them will have you giggling and/or pumping your fists into the air…or at the very least, it will leave you with good memories and a pleasant sense of nostalgia.