Aside the few big releases, like Toy story 3 and 'Inception,' this summer movie season passed by in relative obscurity. There just wasn't all that much great stuff to see, which was a disappointment. Even with the summer box office's slim pickings it's a travesty that more people didn't see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Week after week Scott Pilgrim slid down the box office charts. It was disheartening to witness, because Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was hands down one of the best releases to come out!
Edgar Wright, writer and director of two of the most clever spoof films of all time (Shaun of the dead' and Hot Fuzz) set about making a motion picture based on the "Scott Pilgrim" comic books. Wright has a gift for satire, and Scott Pilgrim is full of some of the most clever, hilarious references you'll see. If you grew up playing Nintendo you'll love this movie.
This movie is so self-referential, so deeply embedded in its world that it never lets up. Wright goes full steam ahead, charging forward into an insane world where real-life is turned into a comic-book-style video game (complete with music from Zelda, and pixilated graphics). It actually reminds me of the neo-noir film Brick. That movie, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, decided that as weird as it sounded they were going to make a noir film about high school. Complete with kids talking in some sort of cryptic jive. Scott Pilgrim, like Brick is one of those movies that knows exactly what it is and stays true to itself the entire time.
Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a member of a band called the Sex Bob Ombs. This is how obscure these references get. Someone not familiar with the Mario Brothers franchise will miss such a subtle clue. Remember Bob-ombs? Those furious little bomb guys in Mario that tried to blow you to smithereens?
Scott has fallen head over heels for a new girl who's literally just skated into his life. Her name is Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and she's all Scott can think about. So much so that he can't do anything else with his life until he finds a way to date her. After meeting, and going out with Ramona, Scott soon finds out that he's going to have to do battle with each of Ramona's seven evil exes. Why? Just because. That's why.
Wright directs the film like a man who loves the source material. He uses just about every trick in the book, and even some new ones he's dreamed up. After Scott defeats an ex they explode into a shower of coins. The funny thing is that everyone in the movie seems only half surprised all this is happening. Scott is suddenly a martial arts master, and an ex he's battling has summoned hot daemon chicks who throw fireballs from their hands, and all anyone can do is stand there with their mouths open. You never know if people are surprised this is happening or if the world where Scott Pilgrim resides is just so completely insane anything is possible. I'm guessing it's the latter, and with Wright at the helm, the writing, direction, and acting make for one of the funniest and best movies of the year.
And now for the blu ray quality. The blu ray is, to me, fantastic. Colours are vibrant and really shine and there is no hint of grain on screen at any point throughout the film. The sound, as you may have guessed, is excellent. Everything is loud and clear. Fantastic extras too.
Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim embraces its insanity, revels in its absurdity and basks in its oddness. On sheer bravado alone Scott Pilgrim scores. You have to check this movie out!
It's heartfelt, hilarious and a highly satisfying adaptation of the book. You don't have to be a geek to adore it, you just have to remember being young.
Film: 5 stars
Picture: 5 stars
Sound: 5 stars
Extras: 5 stars