Reviews & Writing

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

So I was watching Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and I was like “Yeah, k, whatever. Just another romantic comedy. Sleeeeepy…”

And then there was a “BAM!”

Say what? He’s fighting some crazy boyfriend, and the screens shows us “40 hit combo”!?!

That’s where the movie turns into a video game. And that’s where the movie becomes awesome.

Indeed, Scott Pilgrim may very well be the first of its genre. While there are movies based on games and game universes (such as Street Fighter, or Mortal Kombat), this movie actually is a video game. Unfortunately, it’s a PG-13 rated one.

During the 2 hours of awesome violence there was not a single drop of blood spilled and, when the “killing blow” is delivered, the fallen enemy turns to coins (the “reward” for passing that level). The seriousness just adds to the hilariousness – everyone seems shocked when the first fight breaks out. Clearly no one is used to Mortal Kombat style fighting in their lives. But they all cheer for Scott nonetheless, and when he wins he gleefully exclaims “Cool, coins!” which is later followed by “Man! This won’t even be enough for the bus!” The fact that his life was at stake in a battle that involved jumping to the ceiling and dudes shooting fire at him—as if that’s just a common everyday thing—isn’t even worth mentioning.

The blend of a real life complete with a rock band, a gay roommate, and a troubled double-relationship merges with the video game style to form something completely insane. His band gets fully involved when he has to do a music battle with 2 evil twins complete with dragons coming out of their keyboards and giant’s coming out of Scott’s guitar—all live in front of an audience. And their victory helps promote their band… yeah whatever. One thing this movie is not supposed to do is make sense.

What do you know about vegetarians? Or “vegans” as they call them. Bet you didn’t know that it gives them superpowers complete with telepathy, flight, super strength – you name it. I don’t know what I would do if I met someone like that, but Scott thinks fast and does something totally unexpected and unrealistic. Apparently, unrealistic and unexpected equals obvious in his world :P

Now, all of that can be lived with, but at the end the most insane, crazy, unexpected, and unrealistic thing happens. What? Well, let’s just say that if you’re familiar with video games you’ll notice it, and if you’re not familiar with them, you’ll notice it anyway. It just makes you laugh so hard you know this movie can’t get any more insane.

So now, as for my recommendation, although I don’t usually like things to be totally random, and I appreciate just a little sense in it all, but all I gotta say is: Watch! I promise you will love every second of it, and you’ll have some of the best laughs in a while. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is one of the most original films of 2010 and can be classified as its own genre.

Write you later,

Will Rock


  1. I have been yearnnnning to go see this. Ever since the commercial where it shows him grabbing a 1up before going to fight hehe.

  2. I had that same urge. I loved the scene in the commercial where he jumps out of the window to avoid his ex.