Scott Pilgrim Review/Discussion
Once again I feel like I need to be a voice of reason amidst overwhelming hype. Scott Pilgrim’s a good movie (a solid 7.5/10), but it’s not the amazing film people are saying. For the uninitiated, Scott Pilgrim vs the World is the story of a guy in his early 20’s that meets the girl of his dreams (literally) but must battle her seven evil exes in order to be with her. Pretty simple but it’s the style of it all that makes both the graphic novel and the movie special. Both are drenched with nods to old school video games, comics, and anime. And it’s a good time, if not quite the amazing movie everyone says it is.
Here’s how I break it down:
- The fight scenes, visually, are the bees knees. Worth seeing for these alone.
- The sound design is pure gold for anyone that played mass amounts of Nintendo and Street Fighter 2.
- Gratuitous visual effects are great and they fit perfectly.
- It’s probably my white dude complex, but Knives Chau is adorable.
- The idea of dealing with, living up to, and surpassing, the memories of your new girlfriend’s exes is pretty brilliant. We’re basically seeing the literal interpretation of Scott struggle with the fact that he wasn’t Ramona’s first kiss, feeling inadequate compared to her bass-playing ex, not being as successful as her most recent ex, etc.
- Every character except Scott and Ramona (special shout out to his gay roommate Wallace).
- The look and feel perfectly matches the charm of the graphic novel.
- The opening universal logo.
- Ramona is kind of a bitch. I get that they’re trying to make her seem like really cool and aloof, but it’s not counter-balanced.
- Ramona isn’t very cute. Her makeups bad but her wig is even worse. Like, she looks retarded the entire movie. Which is weird because I think Mary Elizabeth Winstead is super cute.
- Scott, in the comic, is kind of a player in a funk. Michael Cera doesn’t quite live up to that. He’s not bad, really, he’s just not as cool as he needs to be at times.
- The comic is about 90% story and 10% fights. The movie is inverted, which unfortunately means you sacrifice a boatload of character development. Those awesome fights? You don’t really care too much about them. You don’t have a stake in Scott winning Ramona.
Not too much bad stuff, but they’re biggies. When a fight scene starts you’re like, fuck already (it’s hard to squeeze 6 graphic novels into 1 movie)? I never felt engaged in the story or like I cared about the outcome, which is a problem and why I think it ultimately is a 7.5 movie.
The easiest way for me to sum it up for someone that saw it is like this: after the last fight, when Scott’s standing with both Knives and Ramona, did you care which one he went with? I was like, “Oh, he stays with Knives? Did that happen in the comic? Makes sense I guess. Oh wait, he goes with Ramona. That makes sense too.”
Also, as long as I have you in the spoiler section, Scott walking out with the evil Scott at the end is hilarious.
Alright, that’s all I have for now. What did you think of Scott Pilgrim? Drop a note below. Maybe you can get me to change my score.