Since gamer culture and Internet culture are so tightly interwoven, chances are if you’ve wandered into The Community you understand just how cheap phrases like those listed above have become.
I mention this because I want you to understand that when I say Scott Pilgrim vs. The World made me laugh, what I mean to say is that it honest-to-goodness sent gales of laughter erupting from my being. You know the kind of deep, joyous laughter that originiates somewhere in the pit of the stomach and doesn’t extinguish until you’re out of breath? That’s what we’re dealing with here.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a romp through the world of rocky young adult romance mashed in with a heaping portion of stylized comic book violence and life lessons set to liquefy into one big hilarity smoothy.
Michael Cera stars as Scott Pilgrim, a self-centered Canadian bass player with a struggling love life whose band “Sex BobOmb” is trying to make it big. His woes seem to be at an end when he meets the brooding and mysterious Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)-literally the girl of his dreams- until he discovers that the price for dating her is lethal encounters with each of her seven “Evil Exes.”
The film is heavily steeped in gamer culture; with energy swords, boss fights and Pilgrim’s foes exploding into showers of coins. Despite the high-octane capriciousness of it all, the film crosses the line from light-hearted and humorous into overplayed and cheesy refreshingly little.
My only real beef with the film is that the main characters are far less interesting than the background ensemble. Ramona was the only female character that felt underdeveloped and lacking by the end of the movie, so we pretty much have to take her dreamgirl status on faith. Add to that the infinitely whiny and predictably self-involved Pilgrim, and I found myself wishing the film spent more time with the secondary characters. In particular, props go to Ellen Wong for her performance as the typical teenage fangirl Knives Chau, and SUPER-props to Kieran Culkin for his role as Pilgrim’s gay roommate Wallace Wells. These two managed to provide some grounding for the otherwise flighty film without sacrificing any of the humor, and they were actually sort of believeable. Well, as believable as anything in a movie featuring psychic vegans can be.
To cut right to the heart of it, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a lot of fun. If you’re the kind of person that goes to the movies to have fun, I can do no less than urge you to see this movie immediately. If you’re not? Well, there’s always Step Up 3D…