If you think a movie about a guy having to defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes sounds crazy, you’re absolutely right. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the most unique and fresh cinematic experience in a long time, which is why it sucks to hear that movies like Grown Ups (a film that defines humor as an old lady’s flatulence) beat it in the box office.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is directed by Edgar Wright, the man who brought you Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, both of which are among the list of my top ten favorite movies (a list which Scott Pilgrim has recently joined). Mr. Wright has a way of making every moment of every scene interesting and engaging. The movie starts off as a quirky romantic comedy before quickly exploding into something entirely and altogether different as Scott is forced to engage in increasingly epic battles against Ramona’s evil exes.
As someone who is very passionate about video games, all the references and sound effects really add to the charm and appeal of the film and don’t feel heavy-handed or pandering. There’s a scene in the movie with music from The Legend of Zelda, arguably one of the most famous video game franchises of all time. It’s IN THE MOVIE! Has that ever been done before? No.
But hey, if you’re not a geek like me, it’s worth going to see this movie to experience its unique visual style alone. In the style of the comics on which the film is based, sound effects and captions occasionally appear on screen as well as other video-game-esque indicators. These bits of flare add to the quirkiness and flow of the film rather than distract attention away from the what’s happening on screen.
Here, watch this trailer:
Looks awesome, right? Go see it. Don’t download it either. If you’re gonna pirate a movie, pirate something with Adam Sandler in it. Something as unique and epic-ly epic as this deserves your support.
In a world of movies with cookie-cutter stories, cheap comedy, and ever darkening subject matter, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World dares to be bright, loud, and fun.