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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

aka Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

"Get the hot girl. Defeat her evil exes. Hit love where it hurts."

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Details: 112 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)

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Despite its disappointing performance at the box office, “Scott Pilgrim” was met with critical acclaim. Though this critical acclaim, it seems, comes only from those who appreciate the kind of literature on which this movie is based. Several critics have panned the movie solely on the basis of its target audience.

Ignoring Michael Cera's continued typecasting into the awkward hero archetype, his performance was phenomenal. Mary Elizabeth Winstead also gave a fantastic performance. She really needed this role to make up for the travesty that was “Final Destination 3”. Seriously, that franchise needs to shack up with the “Saw” movies in Run-Its-Course Land.

The first thing that impressed me about the movie was the stylization. It isn't what most people would call subtle. In fact, it borders on ridiculousness. However, it is this ridiculousness that makes “Scott Pilgrim” the amazing adaptation that it is. Sound effects literally appear on screen as they happen, yet they are not over...(more)

Despite its disappointing performance at the box office, “Scott Pilgrim” was met with critical acclaim. Though this critical acclaim, it seems, comes only from those who appreciate the kind of literature on which this movie is based. Several critics have panned the movie solely on the basis of its target audience.

Ignoring Michael Cera's continued typecasting into the awkward hero archetype, his performance was phenomenal. Mary Elizabeth Winstead also gave a fantastic performance. She really needed this role to make up for the travesty that was “Final Destination 3”. Seriously, that franchise needs to shack up with the “Saw” movies in Run-Its-Course Land.

The first thing that impressed me about the movie was the stylization. It isn't what most people would call subtle. In fact, it borders on ridiculousness. However, it is this ridiculousness that makes “Scott Pilgrim” the amazing adaptation that it is. Sound effects literally appear on screen as they happen, yet they are not overdone; they are so well-placed that they add emphasis rather than annoy the viewer. The over-the-top nature of the fight scenes emulates the graphic novels almost exactly, with the addition of an arcade-style announcer for each fight, played by Bill Hader. You may think that “over-the-top” means cheesy martial arts, but no. In this movie's case, it means giant constructs of light in the shape of dragons and a massive brawl between Scott and a group of stunt doubles wielding skateboards. There's even an evil ex with psionic vegan powers.

It's not often I can say that I enjoyed every minute of a movie. In fact, it's such an abnormally rare occurrence that when it does happen, I have no idea what to do with myself. In this case, “Scott Pilgrim vs The World” threw me for a loop.

“Scott Pilgrim vs The World” is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best movies I've seen in a very long while. To those who know me, they know I do not say that lightly. (less)

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This was a strange viewing experience. I understood and appreciated what the film was trying to do, and it's very well made and performed, but I couldn't get into it as much as I'd have liked. It's funny in places (although often not quite funny enough), and the fight scenes are inventive and well choreographed. I think my main problem is with the main characters. Winstead is very natural and convincing, but I just couldn't bring myself to root for the titular character. Apart from the fact that he's the underdog I don't get what she sees in him or why I should care if he ends up with her or not.

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Sembre bello!

Oramai un classico!!!

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Cast:

Small Scott Pilgrim
Small Ramona V. Flowers
Small Wallace Wells
Small Lucas Lee
Small Stacey Pilgrim
Small Todd Ingram
Small Kim Pine
Small Gideon Gordon Graves
Small Knives Chau
No_movie_poster Matthew Patel
Small Roxy Richter
No_movie_poster Young Neil
Small Envy Adams
Small Smoking hipster kid
Small Stephen Stills
Small Luke 'Crash' Wilson
No_movie_poster Comeau
No_movie_poster Mother Chau
No_movie_poster Sandra
Small Trisha 'Trasha' Ha
No_movie_poster Other Scott
No_movie_poster Monique
No_movie_poster Tamara
No_movie_poster Winifred Hailey
Small Julie Powers
Small Trasha
Small The Voice
Small

Crew:

No_movie_poster Bill Pope Director of Photography
Small Edgar Wright Director
No_movie_poster Michael Bacall Screenplay
No_movie_poster Bryan Lee O'Malley Novel
No_movie_poster Nira Park Production
Small Edgar Wright Production
Small Edgar Wright Writer
No_movie_poster Bryan Lee O'Malley Story Contributor

Taglines:

"Get the hot girl. Defeat her evil exes. Hit love where it hurts."

Plot:

In Toronto, Scott Pilgrim, the bass guitarist for the band "Sex Bob-omb", begins dating high schooler Knives Chau, much to the disapproval of his friends. Scott meets an American girl, Ramona Flowers, who has been appearing in his dreams, and becomes obsessed with her, losing interest in Knives. While playing in a battle of the bands sponsored by one "G-Man Graves" for a record deal, Scott is attacked by Matthew Patel, who introduces himself as the first of Ramona's "evil exes". Scott defeats Patel and learns that, in order for them to date, he must defeat all seven of her evil exes.

Scott breaks up with Knives, who blames Ramona for taking Scott from her and begins trying to win him back. Scott battles Ramona's second evil ex, popular actor and skateboarder Lucas Lee, whom he defeats by tricking him into performing a dangerous skateboard grind that causes him to combust. Scott later encounters the third evil ex, Todd Ingram, who is dating Scott's ex-girlfriend, Natalie "Envy" Adams. Todd initially overpowers Scott using his psychic vegan abilities, but is stripped of his powers by the Vegan Police after Scott tricks him into drinking coffee with half and half cream, allowing Scott to defeat him.

Scott begins to grow upset with Ramona over her dating history by the defeat of the fourth ex, Roxy Richter. During the second round of the battle of the bands, Sex Bob-omb faces off against the fifth and sixth evil exes, twin Katayanagi brothers Kyle and Ken, earning Scott an extra life upon their defeat. During the battle, Scott sees Ramona together with her seventh evil ex, Gideon, who turns out to be G-Man Graves. The members of Sex Bob-omb accept Gideon's record deal, except for Scott, who leaves the band.

Upon returning home, Scott receives a phone call invitation from Gideon to his newly opened Chaos Theater where Sex Bob-omb is playing, claiming there to be "no hard feelings". Scott arrives and challenges Gideon to a fight, professing his love for Ramona and gaining a sword called the "Power of Love", which Gideon easily destroys. Knives then crashes the scene to fight Ramona over Scott. Scott goes to break up the girls' fight, only to accidentally reveal that he cheated on them with each other before he is killed by Gideon.

Ramona visits Scott in Limbo and apologizes for getting him involved in her affairs, revealing that Gideon had planted a mind control device in the back of her head. Scott realizes he still has an extra life and uses it to return to life at the moment in time when Gideon first called him. Scott reenters the Chaos Theater where he makes peace with his friends and challenges Gideon again, stating he is fighting for himself and gaining the much stronger "Power of Self-Respect" sword with which he strikes down Gideon. He then apologizes to Ramona and Knives for cheating on them, but Gideon interferes and knocks down Ramona, leading Scott and Knives to team up and defeat him. Free from Gideon's control, Ramona prepares to leave, but Knives accepts that her relationship with Scott is over and encourages him to follow Ramona. He does, and the two start their relationship anew.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2010-08-13 : United States of America

DVD : 2010-11-09