Scott Pilgrim vs The Review


Yesterday i had the oppurtunity to see Edgar Wrights latest film “Scott Pilgrim vs The World” at a London press screening, which was organised by the lovely people at Universal. Now, if you’re one for video games, awesome soundtracks, 8 bit graphics, comic books, Vegan Police, epic action scenes, and crazy asian stalkers… Scott Pilgrim vs The World is the film for you!

Upon leaving the cinema, my initial thought was that it had been fun to watch, and managed to keep my full attention on it the whole time. I also noticed that it didn’t leave half of the cinema asking what just happened, and didn’t end on ridiculous cliff hanger, which is always a plus!

I think that part of the films success in maintaining my attention can be attributed to its original style that mixes the world of video games and comic books with that of reality, creating scenes that would otherwise only be seen in dreams, or exaggerated recounts of past events. This style suited the film perfectly due to its comic book basis, and younger cast who, much like me, will have solidly grown up to the beeps and blips of video games, andvarious adventures of multiple heroes. This i think gives the film more as it puts it into the perspective of the generation that it is shown from. When i think about it, full grown adults dont really seem to appear in the film at all. Just young adults, and teens.

The plot of the film sticks  to that of the comic books. So if you’ve read the comics you’ll be happy to see various lines and shots that directly reflect the comics storyline, and narrative. I even thought this was noticeable with some of the characters in the film, as their casted actors match close resemblences to the original comic drawings. Though that might just me being crazy… i still think the close relation between the film and the comic books that inspired it add heavily to the quality of the film. I say this as many films based on good media artifacts can turn out really shit as they try to go off on their own thing to “improve” the story, but in reality end up ruining it and annoying a lot of people. The way in which Wright hasnt attempted this heaps with Scott Pilgrim makes me happy as it sticks to something that was popular with many people already!

Another positive aspect of Scott Pilgrim vs The World is the way in which Edgar Wright has managed to capture multiple genres; romance, comedy, action and fantasy, and weave them into the same piece perfectly! When speaking about his initial thoughts of making a Scott Pilgrim film after reading the comics, Wright noted that he felt the multiple genres portrayed within the comics would provide for an “Intriguing” challenge. An intriguing challenge which it would appear has been met with flying colours, as Scott Pilgrim takes each of those genres to new levels!

The aesthetics, and effects of the film see comic book panels, and 8 bit graphics featuring throughout. These give a touch of originality, and strongly identify the films comic  book origins well. Various recurring motifs such as the use of points when defeating enemies, power ups, level ups, health bars, extra lives, and bad guys that explode into coins, all come together through the unique editing to portray what is very much seems to be an insight into an overly imaginative persons dream world. The overly imaginative dreamworld that is the world of Scott Pilgrim.

In terms of casting, i think the film has been well cast with Michael Cera taking up the lead role of “Scott Pilgrim ” himself. I thought Cera was awesome for this role! His acting style just suited the role perfectly with his sort of timid, somewhat innocent, everyman style, as seen in Superbad and Juno really shine through in this film, and add to the character of Scott Pilgrim!

Another role that i thought was well casted was that of Ramona Flowers who is played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. She was pretty much portrayed as the cool oiut of town girl that every guy wants. This might be why i liked her in the role….  I’d like to think it’s also due to how well she took on Ramonas personality throughout the film.

Obviously Scott Pilgrim isnt just made up of two people…. the film see’s various actors taking up the roles of Ramonas evil ex’s and the people that feature in Scotts life. These played by awesome actors such as Brandon Routh, Mark Webber, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick and many more!

The film had me laughing throughout with various awkward moments, teenage myths like bread making you fat (BREAD MAKES YOU FAT?!), and of course the Vegan Police providing laughs throughout. One good touch to the comedy came from Kieran Culkins character Wallace who is Scotts gay flatmate in the film. He’s comes across as the type of comedic character thats always got something to say and is just always present.. event atthe most random and awkward times! This and the rest of the comedy that showed throughout the film just made it so much more fun to watch!

The soundtrack of the movie features various songs including some by Pilgrims own band Sex Bob-omb. I felt the incorporation of tracks like these put you more in the setting of the film, and kept you hooked than a film that uses one of the latest chart hits might. Because often wghen that happens you just stop and think “I LOVE THIS SONG” sing along, and miss the film. At least… thats what i do….

Zelda sound effects and themes such as the fairy fountain -stop and point up- also featured throughout the film, which just gave me a mental explosion of joy being a big fan of the zelda series as it is!

All in all Scott PIlgrim vs The World is the best film i’ve seen in a while, and i loved every minute of it! So as i’ve said. If you’re into crazy asian stalkers, vegan police, 8 bit video games, comic books and awesome fight scenes, you need to get yourself to the cinema on August 25th  to see Scott Pilgrim vs The World. Alternatively if you’re anywhere else in the world its probably out now! So why are you sitting on the internet?! Get out and add a little bit to your life expectancy by watching this amazing film! An amazing film that i am going to give, 5/5 stars!

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About Tom Burns
I'm an online blogger currently living on the South Coast of England where I study Interactive Media at university and practice as a Freelance interactive designer. In my free time I write reviews, and share my thoughts through a range of social media outlets such as Twitter, Wordpress, and YouTube, where I am an accomplished video blogger with a subscriber-base of 11,000 and over a million total video views. As you can probably gather.. much of my focus is in the realm of Social Media, an area I hope to one day end up in!

5 Responses to Scott Pilgrim vs The Review

  1. George says:

    Great review 😀 Can’t wait to see the movie and this has me even more excited 😀

  2. Emma says:

    I also loved “Scott Pilgrim vs the World”. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I just wondered who did Mary Elizabeth Winstead play in “Chuck”?

  3. Good and solid review of the film, Tom. By now you must have read how the film came in 5th place opening weekend here in America and how bizzaro our world is when one of the best crafted and reviewed film of the Summer is left in 5th place. But I hope with good word of mouth and more screening playing it, it will make more money – because there is no doubh in my mind that this will be beyond a cult film. I caught the flick a second time last night and on the second viewing I actually heard more 8-bit Zelda tones and it made me love the film even more. And the casting is very much inspired. Likewise with the music – Black Sheep by Metric is almost always going off in my head. Here’s to a healthy box office life for “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”!

  4. Bilgix says:

    Thanks to the blog is really nice

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