Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010, USA)

I saw  preview of a movie half a year ago or so and I knew that I wanted to see it upon its release. Unfortunately I forgot the title. All I remembred that it had the awkward boy from Juno and Youth in Revolt in it, scenes and visual cues that were reminiscent of graphic novels and that the hero had to fight seven exes of her future girlfriend to win her hand and save his life.

Now that the DVD came out this week I know that the movies was Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the protagonist was played by Micheal Cera and it also starred, Kieran Culkin (as his gay roommate) Alison Pill (from Pieces of April), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (whom I only saw in Bobby). My recollection of the trailer was accurate and retained the most important aspects of the movie. For example it was indeed made from a (series of) graphic novels by the same title. The peculair feel of the movie largely derived from the visual elements and conventions they used not just form the world of graphic novels (use of panels and thought bubbles) but also from video games. The last few fights could have been scenes from late 80’s videogames. (Quick check: sure enough, a video game by the same name exists.)

I was also correct about the storyline, although I wasn’t aware that the hero started off with a young girlfriend at the beginning, which became a source for conflict and eventually an opportunity for all to learn and grow. This last point, that the ending was not a cheap sentimental shot, but also a point to ponder upon made my appreciation of the movie complete. I already liked the styles, the fights, the people, the humor, the writing, the visuals, but the ending made it a nicely rounded movie.


IMDB’s summary: Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart.


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