Probably one of the nerdiest films ever, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010, dir. Edgar Wright) is based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley; telling the story of bass-playing nerd Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), who has fallen in love with the mysterious Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), but finds that before they are able to enter a committed relationship, he must defeat her Seven Evil Exes. Here are some of my (very brief) thoughts on this strange and interesting film.
- I actually really enjoyed Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and I’m surprised that it took me this long to finally see it. The film is pretty nonsensical and I enjoy that a lot.
- I loved the video game references and the cute graphics, and the quick cutting, and the general weirdness. I think the direction by Edgar Wright was top notch as well.
- But I do think that the momentum of the first two thirds didn’t really carry forth in the final third. The film is quite top-heavy with lots of laughs at the beginning and not so many towards the end, maybe because we’ve gotten used to the style of humour by then.
- Michael Cera is, as always, playing the part of a supremely awkward semi-adolescent, but what made this different was a snappier sense of humour than usual.
- I think my favourite part was the Seinfeld reference. I’ll never not recognise that awesome slap bass.
- The character of Scott Pilgrim is kind of an asshole though.
- And it felt like some moments were super racist. And homophobic. Which was awkward.
- But overall, despite the above and the lull towards the end, I really enjoyed this.
- My highlights were the direction by Edgar Wright, definitely the editing, and Mae Whitman as Evil Ex #4.
- I think this is the perfect ‘no-brainer’ film that you can watch when your brain needs a holiday. Which everyone needs from time to time.
Watch the trailer here.