HT Schuyler: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Review

Posted: October 11, 2010 by htschuyler in HT Schuyler's Movie Reviews

Rated PG for stylized violence and language.
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh.

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a 22 year old slacker who can never get a relationship right. After a series of events, he meets Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). She is the girl of his dreams (literally), and everything seems good until we discover that Ramona’s past boyfriends have joined together to form the League of Evil Exs,  and in order to be with Ramona, Scott must first fight and defeat all seven of them.
This film is Directed by Edgar Wright, director of the brilliant Shaun of the Dead, and hilarious Hot Fuzz. Now I’ll start off by saying this is a very different film than those, and in no way can they be compared. Though Edgar Wright’s overall style is present, this film is too unique to be compared. Is it as good as Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead? No. Is it bad? Absolutely not.
The Good:
The cast is very solid. Despite Michael Cera’s generic character
traits which he always portrays, he is really great in this. Unlike
some of his other films, he actually plays a character, and the entire movie relies on him, and, at least in my opinion, he carried it well. The others actors are great too, and although Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character can sometimes get on your nerves, she eventually comes through, and gives a great performance. But my personal favorite character in the film was Scott’s roommate, Wallace, played by Kieran Culkin. Every time he was on screen, it was hilarious, and he delivered some of the best laughs. The seven evil exs are all great, and Edgar Wright deserves a huge amount of credit for having seven villains in this film, without it feeling at all forced or under developed.
Although some had more build-up then others, they each had something to do, and they each had a badass fight scene.
Speaking of the fight scenes, they’re awesome. Some better than I’ve seen in superhero movies. Edgar Wright described this as a musical, but instead of people bursting into song at random, they start fights. The effects are great. It really does feel like you’re watching a video game, as the effects are cartoony and comical, and they use them for everything, i.e. Phone ringing, kisses, punches, etc. So many things are popping out at you I’m surprised (but very happy) that this wasn’t in 3D. Whenever the movie may feel like it’s dragging, there will be some cool effects to keep your eyes pleased. But the movie doesn’t drag mind you, besides the first 20 minutes where everything is being built up; the movie is fast and furious.
The Bad:
Now, despite my extreme praise of this movie, I must first admit that I saw this movie twice, and the first time I saw it, I wasn’t a big fan.  The bizarre transitions and randomness of it confused me, but then recently I found myself thinking about it more and more, and had the urge to see it again, already knowing what was in store. The second time was much better, and I had a great time with it, but there are still a few little flaws. One would be a random song that is inserted into the fight with the first ex, and even though we are suppose to like Ramona Flowers, you can’t help but get a little
annoyed with her at times. Also, two of the seven evil exs (I won’t
spoil who) I felt weren’t developed that well, and seemed a little
forced. But these flaws are very minor, and didn’t have a lasting
effect on my enjoyment of the film. But be prepared before you enter this movie, that you are 100% required to suspend your disbelief. If you can’t do this, this may not be the movie for you.
In conclusion:
Overall, this film had a great cast, great, fun plot and amazing
effects. You don’t have to be a comic book or video game fan to enjoy this, but if you are one of the above, you’re sure to have a blast.
Highly recommended.

  1. Lemur68 says:

    Really good movie and I really appreciated the randomness and over-emphasized effects. It sounds like you enjoyed the film quite a bit and I agree with you in regard to the underdevelopped villains. I wonder whether someone who had read the comic book prior to watching the film would have the same reaction you had. I saw the movie myself a friend who had, strangely, the exact same opinion as you! Anyone who likes comic styled movies, eye candy and constant entertainment should see it.

    • htschuyler says:

      Actually it’s interesting that you should mention the comics. I have recently started reading them, and as far as I can tell, the movie follows them very, very well, and is extremely accurate. So far it seems that if you are a fan of the comics, defiantly check the movie out, it’s one of the most faithful comic adaptations I’ve seen in a long time, and all of the hilarity, randomness and awesomeness is present in the film. Good stuff.

  2. Ki says:

    Off course your review is going to be glowing after seeing it twice you had better liked it. some of the fighting scenes are better then some super hero movies that you have seen??? how about spiderman which if i recall you use to LOVE and what about bat man huh?? This movie is the most stupidest movie i have ever seen and i know i say that a lot about you movies but in your reviews you should not be so biest and tell the girls that they would likely not enjoy it. Good job to you though you really know your stuff and listening to the others really help you.
    Props to you PG this site is very Ligit.

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