Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Hits The Spot
The super event movie, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” it’s suppose to be an
anti-blockbuster, a youth comedy very far away from the mainstream, filmed in Toronto and also set in Toronto.
So these days the hipster movie are also out of the comic books. They can even include wiz-bang digital effects, as long as they still have an ironic touch, or a “Kappow”, like Batman would say.
The Bryan Lee O’Malley odyssey does come with a big joke, and a good one for that matter, when his under-employed underground hero, the cute anxious Michal Cera, gets it on with a cool American girl, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he has to fight with seven of his exes video game battles.
So are dreams hallucinations, fantasies or dreams? Could Scott really be the super hero of his computer game as doesn’t know it yet? Seems like the fights really are as real as everything else in Scott’s blurry life, and even more interesting that that.
So putting away the ghosts of the past boyfriends, the only thing that is going on in this epic epicness is his music career, as he pays indie music with the wannabes Sex Bob-Omb, and his conscience for two-timing his kind of a girlfriend, 17 year-old Knives Chau (Ellen Wong).
He is 22 years old and the real life is starting to take place. When you are sharing a one-room, double mattress apartment with a gay friend because it works for the non-existent income, you don;t realize that your new girlfriend wouldn’t like the situation as much.
The director of this movie is Edgar Wright. So Wright’s movies were the super spoofs “Hot Fuzz”, “Shaun of the Dead”, and he also inspired a cult for his innovative sit-com “Spaced.”
So many of the stylistic ideas from “Spaced” appear again in “Scott Pilgrim”, but they go great with O’Malley’s lines in the comic book, so it’s hard to understand where everything comes from. Pop-up infos, quickfire cutaways and the obsessive fan references to games and TV are all over. Sometimes there’s even the music from “Seinfeld” and from the Nintendo game “Legend of Zelda”, so if your don’t get these things, you’re not going to like the movie.
So this comedy will be about the gap between the ordinary couch-potato that most of us are and the exiting version that’s playing the the hero’s head. He is perfect for this movie.
With the fresh performances and the sharp touches (Kieran Culkin, Jason Schwartzman, Anna Kendrick and others), “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) hits the sweet spot even if you are ready for him to take it to the next level before the climax.
And a little more face time with Ramona wouldn’t be bad either. But those are not huge gripes. So, it’s much more fun that what the grown-ups are watching on the screen next door.11