A Must-See for Anyone Under 40,
This review is from: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (DVD)Edgar Wright's take on Bryan Lee O'Malley's series of slacker-indie-gamer comics came a true delight to fans of the source material.
Although the movie moves at a breakneck pace through the set-up and confrontation with each of seven evil-exes, it was necessary to cram all six books worth of story into a single film. As viewers we lose a lot of the witty dialogue and quieter moments between characters, but this is more than balanced by the insanely kickass action sequences and visual eye-candy on display. Wright's ability to seamlessly integrate comic book imagery and conventions onto the big screen is nothing short of incredible.
I would have preferred the narrative to be split into a two-parter to allow more room to explore (I mean, the Twins were pretty much glossed over completely!), but I can understand why that wasn't possible. Above all, as a Torontonian I was ecstatic to see my city portrayed as itself instead of disguised as an American city like usual. This movie makes Toronto look COOL, and makes me excited to live here.
I must admit that although I had reservations about Michael Cera being tapped for the dim-witted but loveable hero, his Scott shines with just the right mix of vulnerability and toughness. Cera manages to portray something other than the same version of himself that shows up in all his other movies. The rest of the cast turns in some great performances as well. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a ringer for the mysterious Ramona, Ellen Wong captures Knives' teen exhuberance, and the evil exes turn in some delicious performances as well, particularly Chris Evans and Brandon Routh as Lucas and Todd.
All in all, if you are a child of the 80's or later, if you grew up with videogames and indie bands, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is a movie made specifically for YOU. Buy it, watch it, re-watch it, share it with friends.