Saturday, March 24, 2012

Scott Pilgrim VS The World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim VS The World

- Next time, don’t date the girl with eleven evil ex-boyfriends.
- It’s seven.
- Oh, well, that’s not that bad.

The Stats

The Director:  Edgar Wright
The Cast:  Michael Cera, Allison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Brie Larson
The Release Date: 2010
The Runtime: 112 Minutes

The Plot

Scott Pilgrim plays bass for the excellently named band Sex Bob-Omb. After being dumped by his ex-girlfriend, he finds what he thinks is love with a high school junior, Knives Chau (complete with school girl uniform.) At a party, however, Scott meets and falls in love with Ramona Flowers, leading to a break-up with Knives as he tries to woo the multi-hair-colored Ramona. After successfully getting Ramona to fall for him, he is sucker punched (literally and figuratively) by her past. Seems like Ramona has 7 Evil Exes that have banded together to destroy Scott Pilgrim. Now Scott has to beat all 7 Evil Exes in battle, avoid a jealous Knives, deal with bumping into his own Evil Ex on top of trying to “make it” with his band.

The Lowdown

Let’s put it out there. This movie TANKED. Out of it’s $60 Million budget it only made $30 Mil at the box office. Which is a real shame. Maybe it was because the concept was just too quirky, or maybe it was because critics didn’t get what the movie was going for… or hell, maybe people are just sick of Michael Cera. Whatever the reason, the movie lost money. But the lack of Box Office numbers is not proportionate to the entertainment value of the film.

First off, it’s Edgar Wright directing. The guy gave us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz… he’s a director that knows exactly how to blend kick-ass action with belly-hurting comedy. Pilgrim‘s It’s not as funny as those two epics, but it’s still pretty amusing. And besides, what it lacks in comedy, it more than makes up for in just plain awesome fight scenes. The creators of this movie clearly love their old school video games. Each Evil Ex that Scott has take on has his (or her) own “level” in the movie. And after each defeat, the Ex explodes into gold coins that Scott collects. No, seriously. The movie is an odd, yet effective blend of comedy, action film, comic book and video game.

From the entertaining-as-hell fight scenes, to the geek references… from the cool video-game “feel”, to the surprise cameos, Scott Pilgrim is a fun ride. Rent it!