Sometimes memories can bleed into each other, as if you’re just floating seamlessly through your own existence, until something knocks us out of our own trance. Built in a badass world of video games and comic book panels, masterful entertainment director Edgar Wright crafts a film that is made for comic book, video games and cinema fans alike. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World stars Micheal Cera as our titular hero Scott Pilgrim, as he navigates a world of meaningless existence including his garage punk band Sex Bob-omb, and dating his teenage “too young for him” girlfriend Knives. Everything seems to blur together until he meets the girl of his punk dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who opens up his world and his mindset to new heights. Unfortunately for Scott, to get to Ramona, he is tasked to fight through her seven evil ex-boyfriends in the style of an insane arcade-style fighting game. While fighting through these maniacal men, Scott in the process finds his true self and the power to overcome his own personal obstacles through brute force and mental strength.
Scott Pilgrim‘s true strengths are the mind-bending, video game-inspired visuals that are tied together as if you’re watching a live action comic book. The editing for this film is top notch, as is most of Edgar Wright’s films, and adds to the surrealist world of Toronto, Canada. Along with the visuals, the performances are all overacted for a sense of insanity, as if the world around Scott is fused with Tekken and energy drinks. This ties into the incredibly over dramatic yet awkwardly and weirdly realistic dialogue. All of this combines into a world full of insane ex-boyfriends and White Stripes-oriented punk rock. From the beginning, Scott Pilgrim is just a good damn time at the movies, and proves director Edgar Wright as one of the best out there at the moment. Rejoice, nerds! This ones for you.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
dir. Edgar Wright
Screens Monday, October 24, 7:00 PM @ Coolidge Corner Theatre