Half movie, half video game, “Scott Pilgrim vs The World” isn’t so much a love story as it is a brand new way to interface! Chock full of imagery, lots of great music and a cast that is easy to love, this little movie is this year’s “Nick & Norah’s Infinit Playlist.” Which makes sense considering Michael Cera is in THIS movie also.
Cera plays Scott Pilgrim, a 22-year old bassist who lives with his gay friend and who has had several girlfriends that haven’t exactly made the cut. Enter Knives Chau, a 17-year old high schooler who falls for Scott and follows him around like a puppy. Knives and Scott get along just fine until one night Scott has a vision of his dream girl and soon discovers that she actually exists. This, of course, sets him on a quest to date her and when he finally gets her, he finds that he must literally fight her 7 ex-boyfriends in order to move ahead to the next stage of the game.
When I say “move ahead in the game,” I literally mean it because everything in this film is made out like a hyper-action video game. From the cool graphics to the fast editing to the music, this movie doesn’t sit still for a second! And the dialogue is whip smart as characters bounce one-liners and flirt with silliness. Everyone is perfect for their roll, from Cera to Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his vision, Ramona Flowers, down to the evil band of exes, played by Chris Evans, Brandon Routh and Jason Schwartman. All are excellent and all play their rolls with tongue in cheek perfection.
If I had one complaint about this movie it’s that the effect of the fighting that goes on gets a little stale after about the 5th time, but that is such a minor complaint that it’s hardly worth mentioning. The amazing art direction in this movie has GOT to get noticed this year for the Oscars! This film is one of the highlights of 2010 and is definitely one of the more creative movies that I’ve seen in many years!
Overall Rating: A