Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Synopsis: Ever since he first saw her in his dreams, musician Scott Pilgrim has been fascinated with Ramona Flowers and, even though he already has a girlfriend, does everything he can to date her. When she finally agrees and they become a couple, he learns Ramona comes with some baggage. She has seven evil exes who have teamed together to keep her from being happy and, if he wants to continue to date her, Scott must fight each of them to the death.
Who's in it? The movie stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jason Schwartzman, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick and Ellen Wong.
Review: I watched this movie a long time ago and, even though I honestly didn't remember too many details about it, I did remember liking it. So, when I saw it on Netflix again, I decided to give it another try. As I did remember from my earlier viewing, this is a very strange movie. But, at the same time, it was still enjoyable to watch.
I'll start out by saying this movie isn't going to be for everyone. The fact Scott (Cera) seems to be living in a real-life video game is a bit odd and, at times, a little confusing, especially since I'm still not sure if that was always the case or if it just started because he started dating the mysterious Ramona (Winstead). But, if you can get used to that or, at minimum, learn to ignore it, the quirkiness of that does make the film fun.
A couple things really stood out for me when it came to this movie. For one, I liked how each of the evil ex battles took things up a notch both from a battle standpoint and a comedy standpoint. This included everything from fighting an ex with telepathic powers (the result of him being a vegan) to fighting two exes at once in a battle of the bands.
I also found I liked the fact Scott himself wasn't exactly perfect. His obsession with Ramona caused him to break the heart of his current girlfriend, Knives (Wong), even though they seemed perfect for each other too. And, there were plenty of times when he said something or did something that really made him look as though he wasn't much better than the exes he was fighting. This made him seem more human than I would expect from a film like this one.
I think my biggest complaint about this movie (other than it does drag a little in the beginning) is there isn't any surprise bad guy. As I was watching this, I was really hoping one of the secondary characters he interacted with on a regular basis would wind up being one of her exes. I personally thought his gay roommate, Warren (Culkin), would be an awesome surprise bad guy, for example. Or, maybe his somewhat evil sister (Kendrick). In any case, I was kind of disappointed when all the bad guys where people he just met.
Final Opinion: Again, this film isn't for everyone. But, it is an interesting and somewhat unique movie that does have an entertaining plot. I would recommend it as a result.
My Grade: B