Guest Author - Jamise Grace Liddell
Movie: Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Director: Edgar Wright
Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jason Schwartzman, Alison Pill, Ben Lewis, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin, Ellen Wong, Johnny Simmons, Mark Webber
Rating: Rated PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references.
Runtime: 112 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Creativity is the spice of life, and few would have been able to incorporate a techno pop culture view of love and romance quite like the talented team of Director Edgar Wright and Actor Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim). In the film “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”, love is a surreal video game battlefield and you’ve been invited to witness the war.
Who makes this stuff up? Award winning Canadian cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley does! “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” is based on a comic series called Scott Pilgrim. But even if you know nothing about the six graphic novels, the film will inspire a new level of cinematic viewing because it is like watching a video game with real people as the action figures. No 3-D glasses needed. Keeping up with the non-stop, loud and continuously action is a great part of the fun of this film. So much is going on, you must concentrate to remember this is actually a tale of action and romance with a technological twist.
Gone are the days of men dueling with swords for a woman’s honor, in Scott Pilgrim’s world you Kung Fu video fight for love. Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Scott’s girl crush, reveals that seven of her admirers be trounced upon, before her dating life with Scott can be real. Though uncomfortable, the challenge is one that Scott does not shy away from, and why should he? Pilgrim routinely lives in a world of video fantasy and complete self expression via Rock-n-Roll. Pilgrim must battle the seven exes of his lady love, and when he “slays” his foes funny things happen, like coins fly into the air and a video game type score board appears on the screen.
Hot Fuzz and Director Edgar Wright has an eye for originality and the presentation of most every scene is unique! Watching Cera (The eternal teenager!) as Scott, the super geek, juggle the ladies and fight like a WWF wrestler is intoxicating. If only the real world could solve disputes like Pilgrim does! Dueling bands, what a solid alternative to drive-by shootings and road rage.
When I attended the studio sponsored screening of Scott Pilgrim vs The World, I sat next to my friends Dave and Ericka, who coincidentally, strongly resemble Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers (near clones I say!). It was fluke that Ericka, a vegetarian hair stylist, and overall awesome creative, didn’t have her hair colored some wild color and Dave doesn’t have a band, but he is a DJ and an alternative music promoter. I mention these friends because they loved the film, “they got it! “. The entire film, the video game and superhero references, the music, and the bravado and vulnerability of the characters is a rare, ravishing recipe. And while I’d like to single out each performer and critique their contributions. Cera is the film. Cera is always the film.