Man, then end of the year is almost upon us and I still haven’t had time to review all the movies I’ve watched over the last couple of months.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World is another one of those movies that I’ve heard great things about, though the reactions have been somewhat mixed. After all, it is based on a ‘graphic novel’ and it runs more like a video game than a conventional movie.
Being a fan of graphic novels and video games, I thought I would no doubt fall in the category of people that thought Scott Pilgrim was one of the best movies of the year. But as it turned out…well…it is funny, fun, original and unlike anything you’ve ever seen before (and I really mean that), but as a piece of entertainment it doesn’t quite get there for me.
The premise is simple. Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a young unemployed dude in a band, dating a high school girl and living with his gay best friend. He meets the girl of his dreams (literally), Ramonda Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and seeks to win her heart — but to do so, he must defeat her seven evil exes.
And man, there are some good ones, from former Superman Brandon Routh to Chris Evans to Jason Schwartzman to my personal favourite, Mae Whitman (who coincidentally played Cera’s girlfriend/ex-girlfriend on Arrested Development as Anne/Egg/Her?). Each opponent is set up like a round from a beat ’em up like a Dragon Ball video game or something, with points scored for blows, etc etc.
If that’s turning you off already, then Scott Pilgrim is probably not the movie for you. But if you have an appreciation of video game culture, then Scott Pilgrim could potentially blow your mind.
For me, the action and fight scenes were clever and fun, entirely and outrageously over the top, as they are intended to be — but it’s the pop culture references and the witty jokes and one-liners that kept me interested. Even if you peel back all the crazy stuff, Scott Pilgrim is still a very good comedy.
Michael Cera is essentially the same in every movie, but he’s actually pretty suited to the role. Everyone else is fairly decent too, and I know Chris Evans is constantly ridiculed for his acting, but the truth is, he’s not that bad. I found him adequately funny in this one.
My problem with Scott Pilgrim is that there’s not enough real substance for a 108 minute film. You know he has to battle through the exes — he just has to — and even though they attempt to mix things up a little (instead of having the same fight every time), it does get a little tedious after a while. Maybe I’m just getting too old.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed Scott Pilgrim for what it is — a quirky, action-packed romantic video game movie based on a comic.
3.5 stars out of 5