This week, I am picking one of my favorite movies: Scott Pilgrim vs the World. This movie is a few years old; it was released in 2010, but I still watch it often. It was adapted from a series of six graphic novels, written by Bryan Lee O’Malley. I have read them, and the movie is actually really close to the way the books were written, down to some of the illustrations being brought to life.
Scott Pillgrim vs the World follows the somewhat pathetic Scott, as he navigates relationships, being in a band and some really interesting life events. When we first meet Scott, he is dating a high schooler (Knives), which is really scandalous, since he is in his twenties. He is in a band, and his girlfriend thinks that he’s the coolest person. We quickly learn that he has recently had his heart broken by a girl. Soon after the story begins, he meets another girl (Ramona), who is mysterious. He wants to meet her so bad, and soon ends up in the precarious situation of trying to choose between two girls, one who is way too young for him (but not complicated), and one who is complicated (but his age and more interesting).
Soon after meeting Ramona, Scott starts getting into battles with people he has never met. It turns out that, in order for him to date Ramona, he has to defeat her seven evil exes. He doesn’t always know when a battle is going to happen, and doesn’t know who the person he is going to be fighting will be.
This movie is really great for people who have played video games, because there are tons of video game and pop culture references throughout the movie. It is still a fun movie even if you don’t understand all of the references. It’s still really funny and have excellent comedic timing. It has a great cast, including Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Anna Kendrick, Kieran Culkan, Mae Whitman, Chris Evans and Brie Larson. All of these people together are really funny, and make the movie really fun to watch.
Another fun thing about the movie is the music. Since Scott is in a band, quite a bit of the movie involves music. In the making of the movie, they got help from Metric, Broken Social Scene and Beck. The Blu-Ray has a behind-the-scenes special about not only the bands that helped with the music in the movie, but also went over how the actors learned the instruments they played. It was really impressive, because most of the actors has to learn how to play an instrument that they had no prior experience with in the past.
This is a great movie for anyone who loves nerdy references, and for those who are looking for a genuinely funny and quirky movie. It has an interesting story and the performances are great.
Let me know: have you ever seen Scott Pilgrim vs the World or read the graphic novels? Did you love it or hate it?