Pros: Weird, wonderful indie comic brought to life. Great ensemble, Laugh out loud hilarious.
Cons: Nothing. You get it, or you don't.
Scott Pilgrim Versus the World (2010) Directed by Edgar Wright
Wallace Wells: If you want something bad, you have to fight for it. Step up your game, Scott. Break out the L-word.
Scott Pilgrim: Lesbian?
Wallace Wells: The other L-word.
Scott Pilgrim: ...Lesbians?
What would happen if an indie comic had an orgy with a sit com, The Adam West Batman series, some kung fu flicks, a few toys, handcuffs, French Ticklers, and Nintendo? You would have a wire fu master piece full of pop references, neon hair colours, and people acting like characters in a Manga. Basically you would have Scott Pilgrim Vs the World.
Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a loser who plays bass in a bad band (The Sex Bob-omb!) He lives in a one room apartment with Wallace (Kieran Culkin). There is only one bed. Wallace is gay. Scott is 22 and dating a high-schooler, Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). Scott is unemployed. Then he sees her, a girl with purple hair...Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Scott is in love, and nothing will do but he wins her.
Win her is actually a very accurate term. Ramona comes with baggage; specifically, seven evil exes who have formed the League of Evil Exes to control the fate of Ramona's love life. The Evil Exes...there is a spoiler in here.
Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha) Possessed of mystical powers, and a Bollywood shtick. They dated in Seventh grade.
Lucas Lee (Chris Evans) Former Skater, now Movie star. Mega-douche. They dated in 9th grade. I love Chris Evans.
Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh) The guy Scott's last girlfriend (Envy ((Brie Larson))) broke up with him over 431 days ago. Todd is her bassist, and has super powers, thanks to his innate superiority as a Vegan.
Roxy Richter (Mae Whitman) Ramona was Bi-curious. Roxy is Bi-Furious.
The Katayanagi Twins (Saito Shota and Keita) Both at the same time. Um, can we say "Hawt!" And conveniently, Sex Bob-omb's opponents at the Battle of the Bands.
And of course, the ultimate evil Ex, Gideon Gordon Graves (Jason Schwartzman) is waiting at the end of it all for Scott, and Ramona. Will Scott, trained by endless hours of the fight games in Dance Dance Revolution, prevail? Will his anger inspire him to Rock? Will he be less geeky? Will he learn anything?
This movie raises several interesting questions; are those tokens or real coins? How much did the minions pay? Is there a living to be made here? How much to rent a coin star? Did Ramona regret breaking up with Lucas Lee after he became famous, and Chris Evans? Will Scott ever get out of that bed and leave it to the gay boys? How does Wallace text in his sleep?
This movie is full of sound effects written across the screen, impossible wire fu maneuvers, and overheard sub text. It flows like a 13 year old hyped on far too much sugar and not enough Ritalin telling you how his summer vacation went, especially after he got into his cousin's peyote stash.
You will either be mildly amused and vaguely put off by the wackiness, or you will love it passionately. I don't see much room for a middle ground. By the way, if you love it, you are a geek. Acknowledge it, accept it, and move on. Welcome to the club; meetings are Thursdays, so Tivo Vampire Diaries.
All that said, this is a charming little movie, weird and geeky in its delivery, but sweet and pure in its message, and in a week where the other offerings are Eat Pray Love (Mega Chick Flick) and The Expendables (Macho Movie from Hell) this offers a delightful compromise for a date movie.