Friday Film Review: Scott Pilgrim vs The World
I just finished watching this and TBH am not totally sure what the fuck I just saw. But it sure was entertaining. It looks like a graphic novel x comic book x video game. It’s got great dialogue, great visuals and I know I’m gonna want to see it again. Especially since I saw one of the new rental discs that come with no stinking extras! I hate that.
Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) who is the bassist for the struggling rock band Sex Bob-Ombs, has a pretend new girlfriend Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) a seventeen year old high school student. But he keeps having dreams featuring a woman he doesn’t know who he then meets at a local party. Feeling that Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is the one for him, he sort of cheats on Knives before finally breaking up with her to date Ramona. But Ramona has baggage – who’s dated and broken up doesn’t? – and Scott will have to defeat her exes – actually the League of Seven Evil Exes – if they are going to continue to date. Has Scott got it in him? Will the Sex Bob-Ombs finally get their record deal? Will Scott come clean with Knives and deal with his own exes? And will Scott’s gay roommate Wallace (Kieran Culkin) kick Scott out in order to have the apartment?
I think this is a movie to love or hate. I came to it with no background and never having seen the graphic novels upon which it’s based so for me, it’s love. Though I still don’t totally know WTF I just saw. It’s directed by Edgar Wright and even beyond the graphic visuals I can still tell his style which works great here. It’s loaded with fantastic LOL dialogue – one of my favs is when Scott says he “kicked him so hard he saw the curvature of the Earth” – comic panel flashback sequences, an Announcer and Game Score.
There’s fighting galore, complete with POW! AAAAAA, K.0.!, and other comic book depictions of hits, but no matter how many walls or ceilings he’s WHUMPED! through, Scott never appears to get hurt. The Evil Exes are, of course, another matter and I loved the ways that Scott defeats them from a Bollywood dance fight, to a skateboard grindy thingy, to half-and-half, to a knee tickle during the girlongirl action, to amp vs amp – which counts for two Exes as Ramona was dating twins, to a video game take down complete with a 2XBonus round and Knives joining in the fight.
The visuals are also great. Watch for the roulette wheel possible answers to a question: “She’s Nobody”, “She’s Forty!”, “Idiot!”, “No Speaka English”, “When’s Dinner”, “Uhh…”, “Tell Pac Man Story”, “No, You Are”, “Pass Out”, “It Was Nothing”, “Who Her?” and “I Gotta Pee”. And the meter which goes from “No Clue” through “Gets It.” The real DVD, as opposed to the rental, also seems to have tons of extras including lots of commentaries, deleted scenes, bloopers and a trivia track among others. Did I mention how pissed I am about the new rentals without these? Oh, and listen out for the Seinfield and Universal Studios themes. Oh, oh and the [Bleeping] that kept the rating to PG-13. Fucking hilarious. And I can write that since we don’t have a rating here.
The film is not just about cool visuals, fights! and laughs though. Scott does learn something at the end and it’s only then that he’s free to move on in his life and hopefully enjoy what he’s gained. Or you can just ignore that bit if you want ’cause it’s only at the very end. I haven’t seen too many graphic novel –> movie adaptations (300 was a bomb for me) but this movie reverses my “nevah gonna watch any of these things again” stance. Now I must go out and locate a DVD copy with the damn extras!
~Jayne – so who’s your favorite Evil Ex?