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Die Hipster Die | Scott Pilgrim VS. The World

In action, comedy, comic books, romance on August 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Wow, so I don’t even know where to start. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD starts with an 8-bit bang and doesn’t really stop for it’s entire running time. I don’t know if the comic book material is this good, or if it was just tailor made for Edgar Wright (HOT FUZZ, SHAUN OF THE DEAD), but he kicked lots of ass with this movie; and we got to see a number of hipsters explode into Canadian money.

I feel like saying, “I love this movie” and have that be all for this. But, I won’t. The story here is about Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a normal, slacker hipster that is now dating a seventeen year old. He’s taunted by his friends, roommate, sister and everyone else. The seventeen year old, named Knives  Chau (Ellen Wong), is curiously and innocently in love with Scott and his band, The Sex Bob-Ombs. Soon, Scott meets Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead – DEATH PROOF), and he falls madly in love with her. Or as in love as a semi-regular guy who looks like Michael Cera, that manages to get all kinds of girls, can fall in love with a woman. Soon, we find out that Scott Pilgrim will have to defeat seven of Ramona’s (evil) exes. (I’m not sure if she has other exes that weren’t evil…but we’re only focusing on those seven for this movie.)

The movie is actually jam-packed with content – mostly video-game related – and appearances of interesting and great actors, that it’s hard to feel that it all registered after one viewing. It’s not as “deep” or “complex” as movies like INCEPTION, but it moves just so fast and SO over-the-top that I know I missed a number of things. There are fantastic things like visualized sound effects, character titles, cartoony-interludes, fight scenes that absolutely make this movie pop above most video games/comic book movies.

Some of the actors we see are: Aubrey Plaza (FUNNY PEOPLE), who fills the movie with amazing expletives that are creatively beeped out; Kieran Culkin (IGBY GOES DOWN), as gay roommate Wallace Wells, who is hilarious; Anna Kendrick (TWILIGHT and UP IN THE AIR) as Scott’s sister. His band is played by Alison Pill (MILK), Mark Webber (LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN) and Johnnie Simmons (JENNIFER’S BODY). And finally the evil exes. They’re a who’s who (in some cases you might just say, “who?”) of actors. There’s superhero mainstays, Chris Evans (FANTASTIC FOUR) and Brandon Routh (SUPERMAN RETURNS); there’s indie stalwart Jason Schwartzmann (FUNNY PEOPLE as well, and RUSHMORE); Mae Whitman (going back a ways, she played Ann on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT), Satya Bhabha (forthcoming Doug Liman movie, FAIR GAME), and Shota and Keita Saito as the Katayanagi twins.

Edgar Wright brings this all together. There are parts that feel completely in line with his previous movies. There’s a jump scare that works just as well as anything in SHAUN OF THE DEAD. The action all goes to the next step, beyond the over-the-top-ness of HOT FUZZ, and it’s funny. If there is one thing that I feel slightly disappointed in, is that the movie doesn’t really get too many big laughs. There’s a lot of awkward humor and small moments that are funny, but no big gags. Also, some of the editing – which is where the pace is created, obviously – moves the story so quickly that there are moments where I felt left behind. But it’s also kind of fun to try and keep up, and it’s not like the subject matter here is deep enough that you need much to stay abreast of the movie.

Overall, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD is a fantastic movie. It’s funny, cute and absolutely filled to the brim with fun little things. The opening UNIVERSAL logo treatment is pretty fantastic – and opening credits are AWESOME.

Here’s the trailer again, for those of you that missed it the first time I posted and talked about it.

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