As of this writing, I have just returned from an advance screening of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and I can tell you that without a doubt, one hundred percent, to the max, this movie is AWESOME. Yes. All caps AWESOME. Of course, I might be a little bias.
I have indeed read all 6 volumes of the comic. In fact, I reviewed Vol. 6 only a couple of weeks ago, here on Fancore. I fully intend on purchasing the video game when it is released, and I’m waiting until September 7th for the deluxe version of the soundtrack to be released on disc(It’s available on iTunes, but I want the physical copy for my collection!). I am a Scott Pilgrim Fanboy.
That being said, this is still, from an objective point of view, a fantastically crafted film, from start to finish. Edgar Wright(Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) does an excellent job of adapting the comic to the screen in a manner only he and maybe a couple of other human beings in history could. The choice to maintain the comic book style, with fully realized visual sound effects, reminiscent of the old Batman TV series, is definitely what makes this movie a different animal. Accompanied by a truly kick ass soundtrack, all the video game references one could want, some of the best martial arts action I’ve ever seen, and a stellar cast of noticeables and newcomers, Wright really hits it out of the ballpark with this one.
Michael Cera is really great at being… well, Michael Cera. Thankfully, that fits perfectly into the on-screen persona of our title hero, Scott Pilgrim. Now, in my own personal version of Scott Pilgrim, he would have been a much cooler, more cocky type of guy, but that’s probably only because I relate to Scott quite a bit, and have transferred some of my own qualities to his character. But that’s neither here nor there.
The rest of the cast does a pretty good job of bringing their respective characters to life, perhaps with the exception of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Scott’s key love interest, Ramona Flowers. There were a few moments where her dialogue seemed clunky, and not completely there. Like she was playing along, but had a different set of rules to the game. But it wasn’t noticeable enough to truly detract from the film overall.
Some of the standouts of the cast definitely include the evil exes. Brandon Routh(Todd Ingram) is great as a bass wielding Vegan, Mae Whitman(Roxy) is a totally sexy rocker lesbian, and Jason Schwartzman(Gideon Graves) is a deliciously evil nemesis that you completely love to hate. But the one who stands out for me, above all the rest, is Chris Evans as Lucas Lee, the former extreme sports star turned movie star. The snippets from his in-universe action flicks are some of the best cheese camp in years, and his characterization leaps off the screen. Again, I may be gushing due to a slight bias here(I’m pretty sure that Chris Evans is about to E-X-P-L-O-D-E after Captain America), but the marketing department at Universal seems to agree with me, as he appears in 90% of the commercials I’ve seen on TV.
Overall, it’s a 10 out of 10 for me, but at the same time, I could see the other side of the argument if you didn’t like it. It’s really flashy, loud and completely obnoxious(in a lovable and charming kind of way, I think), and if you didn’t get the constant video game, anime and indie rock references, then this movie probably isn’t for you. But if some of the things I just mentioned made your ears perk up, then it’s probably worth while to check it out. You’ll be glad you did.
But if you’re not sure, then I have one piece of advice for you; Let your inner 11 year old out, and enjoy the ride that is Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World!