Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

"Weak"

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Review


So uber-hip that young audiences will adore it, this hyperactive film can't decide whether it's a comic book or a videogame. Sure, it's visually whizzy and often very funny, but filmmaker Wright loses the story in the scuffle.

In Toronto, Scott (Cera) is a 22-year-old geek in a rock band. His bandmates (Webber, Pill and Simmons), sister (Kendrick) and flatmate (Culkin) tease him for dating a teenager (Wong), but she's the band's biggest fan. Then he meets Ramona (Winstead), who is literally his dream girl, and to win her hand he has to defeat her seven evil exes in outlandish battles. These include an action movie star (Evans) and a top music promoter (Schwartzman). And one (Routh) is member of a band fronted by Scott's own evil ex (Larson).

With its colourful design, graphical flourishes, outrageous characters and a script peppered with jagged one-liners, it should be impossible to get bored by this restless movie. And yet the constant motion actually becomes dull, simply because the filmmakers spend so much time making everything wacky that they forget to take care of the rather terrific idea at the core of the film.

Essentially this is a story about two people trying to deal with their past relationships, and the concept of having them battle it out in a surreal game-inspired world is extremely clever. But director Wright only focuses on the cool-looking visuals and witty graphics, never creating characters we care about. So the fighting and banter never gather meaningful steam. And the central romance never feels remotely possible.

But the bigger problem is that Cera is playing the same character he's played throughout his career. Everyone else in the film is more interesting than him, but the hectic flurry of imagery doesn't let him build any chemistry. That said, there's just about enough entertainment in the parade of cameos to keep us entertained (Evans, Routh and Whitman are genuinely hilarious). But Wright really needed to kick this up a notch to make it work, because as it is, no one over a mental age of 12 will like it.



Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 112 mins

In Theaters: Friday 13th August 2010

Box Office USA: $31.5M

Box Office Worldwide: $46.5M

Budget: $60M

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Marc Platt Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Fresh: 200 Rotten: 45

IMDB: 7.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Scott Pilgrim, as Ramona V. Flowers, as Wallace Wells, as Lucas Lee, as Stacey Pilgrim, as Todd Ingram, as Kim Pine, as Gideon Gordon Graves, as Knives Chau, as Matthew Patel, as Roxy Richter, as Young Neil, as Envy Adams, as Smoking hipster kid, as Stephen Stills, as Luke 'Crash' Wilson, Nelson Franklin as Comeau, Jean Yoon as Mother Chau, Kristina Pesic as Sandra, as Trisha 'Trasha' Ha, Ben Lewis as Other Scott, Ingrid Haas as Monique, Chantelle Chung as Tamara, Emily Kassie as Winifred Hailey, as Julie Powers, Marlee Otto as Party Goer, Will Seatle Bowes as Party Goer

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