I’ll be honest. There are very few movies I get excited to see, but Scott Pilgrim vs the World is one of them. Jason Schwartzman is amazing in everything he does and I’ve had a secret wish to keep Michael Cera in my pocket since his days on Arrested Development. I’d probably love this film no matter what it was about, but based off the plot synopsis it sounds like it has the chance to be very good.
Scott Pilgrim (Cera) is between jobs, in a rock band, and lucky enough to be dating the school hottie. Everything in his life is just dandy until he gets swept away by roller blading delivery girl Ramona Flowers. He’s in insta-love but must battle her seven evil exes in order to win her heart and the scenes are constructed vintage video game style.
Sounds like a clear winner not just for me, but for the joystick loving, gaming obsessed high school set. Let’s see what the critics think and take a look at the trailer. It looks funny and action packed:
Chicago Reader:“Michael Cera elevates deadpan to an art, starring as a slacker turned action hero in this wildly inventive comedy.”
New York Post: “I tried to love it. But after 20 minutes, I sensed I was intruding on the movie’s love affair with itself.”
Washington Post: “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a dog-frequency movie: enjoyable only to those tuned in to its particular register.”
ReelNews: “A clever send-up of comic book and video games (circa 1990), this movie illustrates that writer/director Edgar Wright can rise to the next level.”
NY Daily News:“This is a romantic adventure for the ADD age, a pop poem for Millennials that could just as well be titled Scott Pilgrim” vs. the Old Ways of Storytelling.”
USA Today: “The film fuses an indie/punk rock sensibility with comic-book violence and video game energy, mixed with quirky humor and sassy pop culture references.”
EW: “It’s a true original.”
All in all, the reviews are thumbs up. If you have a tween or teen, this seems like a big winner. It’s rated PG 13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references, so if you have a younger child this may not be right for them. Here’s the trailer: