Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Review

August 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

It’s truly unfortunate that Edgar Wright‘s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, an adaptation of the beloved comic book series in which Pilgrim (Michael Cera) falls in love with Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and has to defeat her seven evil exes, failed to catch on with mainstream audiences.  Not that that’s surprising or anything; the film takes place in an ADD-like videogame world, with rapidfire dialogue and smart humor (as opposed to say, the $158mil-earner Grown Ups) and a cast known more for being nominated for Oscars (Anna Kendrick, as Pilgrim’s younger sister) and starring in acclaimed but little-seen TV shows (Aubrey Plaza, as the delightfully bitchy Julie Powers) than in blockbusters about vampires.  But honestly, who cares about box office receipts when the film is this good? It is unashamedly fun, and Cera makes for a shockingly winning action star.  The entire cast is absolute gold (Kieran Culkin as Pilgrim’s gay roommate is brilliant) and the world the film inhabits is truly unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.  The exes turn into gold coins when Pilgrim defeats them, and there’s even a “Seinfeld Scene” (in which the theme music plays, and a studio audience claps and laughs at the jokes).  Sometimes the film dips a bit too far into absurdity (I wasn’t a huge fan of the fight scene involving CGI dragons and a troll), and the fight scenes can get repetitive.  Thankfully the cast is game for anything, and there really isn’t a dull moment in the entire 112 minute runtime. B+

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