Aug 18, 2010

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World Review

Premise:
Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is desperately smitten by Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and has to defeat her seven evil exes. And everyone is a scene-trendy nerd-core hipster. Also, the rules of reality are completely warped to the point of hardly in existence, so we get lots of super power fight scenes and ninjas.




Standouts:
The directing is breathtaking. Everything in it makes you say Holy Kermit The Frog. But something that personally stood out to me was the lack of quotability to this film. Typically when you see a Michael Cera-starred film you walk away re-using lines you've just seen.

"take off that vest. You look like Aladdin."
"You could always subscribe to a site like Perfect Ten. I mean that could be anything, it could be a bowling site."
"Well, there won't be any berries in the fruit salad now, so we all lose."
"It's not a cab, my friend, I promise you."
"Like I'd marry you! You'd be the meanest wife ever, okay? And I know that you weren't bored that day because there was a lot of stuff on TV, and then 'The Blair Witch Project' was coming on Starz and you were like 'I haven't seen this since it came out and if so we should watch it' and then 'but oh, no, we should just make out instead la la la'"
"I'll only ask once that you and your adorable sweater step away from the door."

This one doesn't really have much of anything to quote except that Michael Cera calls everyone dude. But the music's catchy!


My Highlights:
Ramona's third evil ex and why he has super powers, Ramona in her underwear, the defeat of Ramona's fourth Ex, and the opening scene with Scott Pilgrim's band "The Sex Bob-ombs" jamming. Yes, that's an allusion to Bob-omb from Mario, and Tom Jones' song "Sex Bomb".


Overall Rating:
This movie is ridiculously entertaining and masterfully crafted and acted in, but I have one very minor flaw with it. I had a lot of trouble believing in how it ended. It seemed like things were heading one way which made sense, but then for the sake of what the writers felt was continuity, jumped back to the other way. Others may disagree, but for only a one minute ending sequence I didn't like, the rest of the film was epic. I give this film an amazing score of 4 3/4 *'s out of 5, or 9 1/2 *'s out of 10. Definitely one of the BEST films to come out this year, which I say fully confident even though I haven't seen very many films that came out this year yet.


When You Should See It:
Immediately. Especially if you're a nerd, a goth, an emo, a vampire, a homosexual (there's plenty of GLADD love in here), a musician (struggling or successful), a bitter ex, or a hopeful romantic.

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