Written By: Sophie
If you like caffeine-fuelled fights, a generous serving of whip pans and comic-cool acting, then Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the film for you. It is one of my favourite films and Edgar Wright is my favourite director so I’m going to tell you some of the reasons why it is so amaaazing. The film follows the undirected life of Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), a 22-year-old Canadian, who is the bassist in Sex Bob-omb – a local band that isn’t moving forward in terms of their popularity. Scott is dating a high-schooler (with the uniform and everything) when Ramona Flowers (Mary-Elizabeth Winstead) rollerblades into his life and he has to fight her seven evil exes to win her over. Game on!
This is Edgar Wright’s first film without using English actors and taking a slightly different route from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. During this movie he keeps to Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comics almost word-for-word and still manages to not miss a beat. If any other director attempted to adapt this series of comics, it would lose its witty and coherent tone and become a mechanical piece that would have blended in with the rest of action comedies.
As a fan of Wright, I know he is perfectionist and has a clear picture in his head of what he wants each scene to look like; Scott Pilgrim definitely highlights this. One of my favourite scenes is when Scott has to fight the third evil ex – Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh) – who is a vegan with vegan powers (which basically makes him better than most people). This scene is brilliant because it is perfectly executed with the entire cast making the dialogue fit effortlessly in with the direction and editing (“He punched the highlights out of her hair!” is a personal favourite said by Young Neil). The entire film is made out to be a video game, which is pretty awesome. It consists of fight scenes where each of the evil exes ends up bursting into coins, loud music accompanied by a neon title sequence and a girl changing her hair colour every one-and-a-half weeks. Enough said.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a film that is a favourite for me and it is a heart-warming and comedic piece that does not fail to make you laugh and relate to in ways you did not think possible.