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Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)

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Scott Pilgrim vs The World, for me, is potentially the most entertaining film in recent memory. Adapted from the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the director of the Three Flavours Cornetto (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The Worlds End) trilogy Edgar Wright tried his hand at adapted the works.

From the opening title, an 8-bit Universal tune and scrolling title is already something different. Bolstered by an incredible cast, Edgar Wright, made a fantastic and thoroughly entertaining follow up to the hit Hot Fuzz. I always seem to come back to this film if I’m looking for an easy entertaining watch, which is what Scott Pilgrim is.

Cast in his perfect role, Michael Cera plays Scott Pilgrim, a twenty-two year-old caught between two relationships with Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) and Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). As soon as his relationship starts with Romana, Scott Pilgrim begins his battle against The League of Evil Exes. 

Scott Pilgrim is brilliant from start to finish, thoroughly entertaining, funny and of course the story is excellently captivating as Scott campaigns to defeat the Evil Exes to win Ramona’s heart. The bulk of the acting taken on by Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead but there is a rather sizeable cast with the likes of Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson, Chris Evans and Anna Kendrick. The whole cast adds to this rather enjoyable watch.

Instead of having Scott fight seven people over the course of a touch under two hours, Wright incorporated into this film Scott’s band trying to make the big-time with the help of G-Man (Jason Schwartzman) and Scott’s various relationships with his roommate, sister and friends. Of course this isn’t Scott’s intention, it’s more his bandmates Stephen “The Talent” Stills (Mark Webber) who pushes the band to practice for their upcoming gigs and battles.

This film is an absolute delight to watch if you enjoy video games as the opening title is an 8-bit version of the Universal logo, complete with 8-bit music. Of course this tone is carried on throughout the film as Scott collects extra lives, collect coins after defeating opponents and even comes complete with a ‘pee meter’.

The one thing I cannot get enough of though is the music that is involved with the film, especially the song performed by The Clash At Demonhead, a band composed of Scott’s ex-girlfriend Envy Adams (Brie Larson) and Ramona’s ex-boyfriend Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh) – evil ex number three that possesses super powers thanks to his veganism.

Truthfully, this is one of the most enjoyable films I have seen in a long time (and I recently revisited this film much to my enjoyment). It doesn’t seem to age or tire with a numerous viewings. Edgar Wright has hit the nail on the head with the right blend of action, comedy and score, however, he also manages to incorporate some beautiful shots of a snowy Toronto.

Of course it does has it’s flaws. As entertaining as the film is, the characters (the many of them there are) aren’t particular strong, but when the film is visually entertaining and makes you chuckle from start to finish, beggars cannot be choosers. That being said, the many characters aren’t overwhelming, everyone is introduced in the right manner and without the strong characters arcs leaves the options for characters to be forgotten about at later stages.

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My point still remains, it’s understandable to see why the film is popular in certain circles, but I believe it should have more praise. It’s a downright entertaining watch, with an enjoyable storyline and a great blend of characters filmed helped via excellent action scenes and of course a fantastic score to wrap this film up.

8/10

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Author: Nathan Harris

Currently studying Film & Television studies and Media Writing at Derby University. Hopefully wanting to become a film critic/journalist.

4 thoughts on “Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)

  1. This is one of my favorite films of all time!

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