Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is an "epic of epic epicness", as the ad campaigns would say. Edgar Wright is the man responsible for bringing this graphic comic-book novels-based film to life. Edgar Wright might be better known for his hit films: Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is his latest film, and he aims to deliver the goods once again on an epic scale.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is a film that is all about fighting for the ones that you love. Scott Pilgrim, played by Michael Cera is pretty much the average geek, who is also in a band called the "Sex Bob-Omb". As a young adult, Mr. Pilgrim is having a dilemma of finding the right girl for him. He gets picked on by his friends for dating a 17 year old high school girl when he is 22 years old, and he really doesn't know how to handle the relationship. One day he starts seeing a girl in his dreams... This is, hence, the girl of his dreams. This girl's name is Ramona Flowers, and she is played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. After a series of strange dreams/hallucinations, Scott finds himself actually meeting Ramona Flowers at a party, and he makes his move to get to know her and ultimately start dating her... But, there's a twist! Ramona Flowers has Seven Evil Exes, and Scott Pilgrim must defeat them all in battles if he wishes to continue dating Ramona, and this leads into the main body of the film.
I found Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World to use more flash than it used substance, and that overall left me a bit disappointed. Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is set up like a video game, and it ultimately plays like a video game. For anyone who knows a thing or two about video games, it is known that most games tend to stay on the fairly linear side and do not go deep into the world of telling the most compelling stories. Well, I think Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World unfortunately carried that video game trait along with it. The film is very structured with different levels. One level Scott will be fighting one Evil Ex, and the next level he will be fighting the next. This structure played the entire film until he defeated all the Evil Exes.
I think the acting between Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and the other main characters were just fine, but I found all the Evil Exes to be very underdeveloped... You don't really get to know much about them other than the fact that once they get their screen time, Scott Pilgrim is going to have to fight them with Ramona Flowers giving brief reasons why she dated them at all. I just didn't find the Evil Exes to be very interesting at all, and it made me lose interest in the fate of the battles they were in. With the bulk of the film being about these big battles, it left me kinda bored.
On the bright side, I thought Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World has great and stylish special effects and it was a very funny film. It would be a lie to say no one in my theater wasn't laughing, because people were laughing nonstop throughout the film. Most of the jokes in the film might appeal more to the people who grew up with video games, MTV and various other forms of 80s-00s pop culture. I think Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World will have a very limited appeal to a certain audience. This crowd that it will appeal to the most is definitely the geek crowd who play video games, read comic books and love technology. I really can't say how any other people would like this film, but this film wasn't made for those other people.
Overall, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is a repetitive film that trades flash over substance, but it was still decent because it is hilarious and packed to the rim with pop culture references that I can relate to. It has a very limited appeal to a specific audience. It's difficult recommending this film to a wide audience, because there isn't much here besides what was made for the fans. That being said, if you're reading this review and consider yourself a total geek and you are proud of it - well, this movie was made for you.