Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (12A)
Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Jason Schwartzman
Director: Edgar Wright
Running Time: 112 mins
Before I start with the review of the film, I’d just like to say that I’ve never read any of the Scott Pilgrim comics as they never really interested me as I’m not a comic reader. But after watching the film, I think I may have to purchase the comics and give them a read. The film is quite simply, superb.
The film follows Scott Pilgrim who is the bassist in a band called ‘Sex Bob-omb’ and has just recently broke up with his girlfriend who crushed his heart. He starts dating a girl called Knives Chau on the rebound who becomes obsessed with Scott, only for Scott to then fall for new girl on the block Ramona Flowers, who is the girl of his dreams. But in order to be with her, Scott must first defeat ‘Ramona’s 7 evil ex’s’. Cue one of the best films I’ve ever seen!
Straight from the opening credits I was completely hooked. Instead of the normal Universal logo, they decided to add a genius touch and do it in the style of an 8-bit computer game console even with the tune given the 8-bit makeover. If that wasn’t good enough, the opening credits open with “We are Sex Bob-omb” and then the music kicks in. If you’re a big nerd like me, you can’t help but have a massive smile on your face as you just know that you’re about to watch something special. Even the Mrs was sat next to me looking amazed at just how good the first 3 minutes of the film was, and she couldn’t be a geek if she tried.
The cast couldn’t have been more perfect. Michael Cera was superb as Scott Pilgrim and his dry tone really added to the humour, and with Kieran Culkin funny with pretty much every line in the film as Scott’s gay flat mate, they really worked well together.
Although Chris Evans and Brandon Routh’s characters were more cameo roles than anything else, they still did their parts brilliantly. Evans as the cocky big shot movie star and Routh as the vegan bassist player who seems to have developed special abilities from being a vegan. I could go on about each character and just how good they were, but it’d be better to see for yourselves. There really isn’t a weak link in the cast which really helps to make Scott Pilgrim a certain cult classic.
The real gem of the film for me was the fight scenes. Ramona’s first evil ex shows up during the battle of the bands with a confused Scott asking who he was. “Didn’t you get my email?” the evil ex replies, which then of course leads into an immense fight scene. There’s a small part in the fight where evil ex number 1 starts dancing which I wasn’t that impressed with, but apart from that, the fight was brilliant.
Now if you’re a gamer and have played games like Street Fighter IV, Tekken and the like, you’ll appreciate the “vs” symbol that appears inbetween Scott and the evil ex’s throughout the film. Of course all the fights are over the top, and Scott gets a good beating, but he still get’s up unhurt and destroys his enemies. To make it even better, the cheesy style “Kapow” etc pop up on screen during the fights just like in the old Batman series. Thankfully it’s done much better. The fights just get better and better as the film progresses and some will have you in stitches.
The film is littered with references to games and most of them I did get, but there are a few that only the proper rusk eating basement nerds were guffawing at. Usually when films try to be like games, it doesn’t work, but Edgar Wright has managed to pull it off magnificently. I’ve only played the demo of the Scott Pilgrim game, but nice touches like money appearing out of nowhere when Scott defeats an evil ex is brilliant.
Not only is the film a complete nerd fest, but the soundtrack it’s fantastic. The songs by ‘Sex Bob-omb’ were written by Beck and they’re all quality tunes. You’ve also got classics from Rolling Stones and T-Rex and had had me listening to the soundtrack non stop for the week after watching the film.
Although I’ve mentioned a lot of things about Scott Pilgrim being quite nerdy and good for gamers, it will appeal to a wider audience. Edgar Wright has done a sterling effort at bringing us Scott Pilgrim vs The World, and what do expect from the man who directed Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, two of the best british comedies in the past 10 years.
Whether you’ve read the Scott Pilgrim comics are not, you definitely should go see the film. Funny from beginning to end with a fantastic cast, amazing, albeit crazy , storyline that will keep you hooked for it’s entirety.
Just wish they’d hurry up and release it on Blu-Ray already. Failing that I can always go watch it at the cinema again. I definitely won’t be peeing from boredom.
5 out of 5
Danny ‘Ender’ Martin has been part of the Zath team from pretty much the very beginning since he met Zath himself at Leeds Met University whilst studying Business IT. He’s an avid gamer and a big film buff. Danny graduated from the University of Bradford with a degree in Computer Animation and SFX and now currently works at one of the biggest UK games developers, which will hopefully see some of his ideas hit the gaming world.