Film Review: "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World"

Scott (Cera), a twenty-something slacker playing bass in a band, falls head-over-heels for mysterious delivery-girl Ramona Flowers (Winstead). However, there's a catch to dating her: he first has to defeat her seven evil exes, which include a vegan bassist (Routh), a movie star (Evans) and one Gideon Gordon Graves (Schwartzman). One part indie romance, one part video game, Scott Pilgrim is a frenetic and unabashedly fun film.

Adapted from Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel series (of which I'm a big fan), Scott Pilgrim has a lot of ground to cover. The adaptation is as faithful as one could hope for, condensing events in interesting ways while staying true to the letter and spirit of the books. The cast does a great job of portraying this oddball troop, from Culkin's spot-on Wallace Wells to Pill's eternally-sullen Kim Pine. Winstead's Ramona is good, but with the breakneck pace of the movie, we don't get to "meet" her as much as I would've liked. Speaking of that pace, director Wright does a fantastic job of keeping things rolling smoothly, and continually amuses with his eye for detail. All of the graphic elements (from the random sound effects that sneak in to the WHAMs and POWs that litter the screen) are a very nice touch, and really tie the movie back to its comic-book roots. The fight scenes are some of the best I've seen in recent years (no shaky-cam!), and work really well despite their inherent ridiculousness. The soundtrack is awesome unto itself, featuring original tracks by Beck, Broken Social Scene, Metric and others, and serves as a nice complement to Nigel Godrich's score. There's a little something for everyone, and I can't recommend it enough. Jared

 

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