Review of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'

scott_pilgrim_vs_the_world.jpg Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is 22 years old living in Toronto. He is between jobs and is dating a high-school student, Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) when he is smitten by Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). As Scott furthers his ambitions towards Ramona he finds that in order to continue dating her he has to defeat the “7 evil exes” in a series of surreal battles. Complicated is the lack of support from his sister Stacey (Anna Kendrick) and his gay roommate Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin) never mind Scott's previous girlfriends.

A tale of young love told in a very unusual and refreshing way with frequent comic-book-like elements such as stylized fight scenes and text displayed on the screen (a la cell notations in comic-books). It is certainly a movie of contemporary youth culture with a lot of references to current trends and society. I am sure it would cause a lot of confusion and headaches for people when watching but I found it a lot of fun (even though I can't say I followed everything) and very amusing.

The characters are pretty much all under-dogs and they are played with wonderful understatement throughout. I am not sure I could say this was an uplifting movie…But a good deal of fun.

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2014-02-23

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Studio: Universal Pictures

Year: 2010

Length: 112 minutes

Genre: Comedy