Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a nerdy action/comedy/romance released on 2010-07-27 and based off the comic book Scott Pilgrim. The film's universe plays out like a 1980s video game and has dozens of references to retro games.
In the film, Scott Pilgrim, a lazy and self-centered 22-year-old, is trying to find comfort after a difficult breakup by dating 17-year-old, Knives Chau. However, Pilgrim develops a crush on an attractive more-worldly young woman at a party, Ramona Flowers, and cheats on his girlfriend with her, only to discover that, in order to date Flowers, he must defeat her seven evil exes in combat. To make matters worse, his friend is kicking Pilgrim out of his apartment where he's been living rent free for some time.
Knowing that I love retro video games, a co-worker of mine told me about the film and lent me his copy. I watched it and absolutely loved it, and bought my own copy. Later, I read the comic book the film was based on.
I own the film on DVD.
- Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim
- Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers
- Kieran Culkin as Wallace Wells
- Chris Evans as Lucas Lee
- Anna Kendrick as Stacey Pilgrim
- Brie Larson as Natalie V. "Envy" Adams
- Alison Pill as Kim Pine
- Aubrey Plaza as Julie Powers
- Brandon Routh as Todd Ingram
- Jason Schwartzman as Gideon Graves
- Johnny Simmons as "Young" Neil Nordegraf
- Mark Webber as Stephen Stills
- Mae Whitman as Roxanne "Roxy" Richter
- Ellen Wong as Knives Chau
- Satya Bhabha as Matthew Patel
- Shota Saito as Kyle Katayanagi
- Keita Saito as Ken Katayanagi
- Nelson Franklin as Michael Comeau
- Bill Hader as The Voice
- Erik Knudsen as Crash
- Thomas Jane as Vegan Police Officer
- Clifton Collins Jr. as Vegan Police Officer
- Ben Lewis as Other Scott
- Tennessee Thomas as Lynette Guycott
- Chantelle Chung as Tamara Chen
- Kjartan Hewitt as Jimmy
- Michael Lazarovitch as Some Guy
- Abigail Chu as Trasha
- John Patrick Amedori as Lollipop hipster
- Joe Dinicol as Elevator hipster
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- The film uses a tried a true formula. The protagonist overcomes his own failings and learns to be a better person while at the same time saving the day and getting the girl.
- The vast majority of the acting is nice and believable.
- The scenes depicting the battle of the bands where music is used as a weapon are really intense.
- The many callbacks to the various video games (both in title, function, music, and mechanics) are all welcome.
- The use of text overlays and narration are wonderful.
- The exes never really seem like much of a threat to Pilgrim. Even when he's initially losing, he always ends up dispatching them without much effort. Todd, for example, is both stronger and a better bass player than Pilgrim even without his vegan powers, so, why would Pilgrim be able to defeat him after he loses his powers?
- I don't mind so much giving vegans super-powers, but did they have to repeat the myth about only using 10% of your brain?
- Despite having several important female characters, the film is still little more than a guy fantasy. And, yes Ramona fights several times in the film, but she's ultimately a damsel in distress.