Saturday, August 14, 2010

Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the new movie from Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz"), based on the comic series by Bryan Lee O'Malley. It's a love story with video game styling and indie music.

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has met the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), but has to fight her seven evil exes to date her. He's also the bassist in the go-nowhere indie rock band Sex Bob-omb. The movie has a fast pace in the first half, with scenes going from day to night in the blink of an eye. However, it finds its pace, and has some great moments.

Scott Pilgrim's ex-girlfriend Envy Adams (Brie Larson) has a fantastic rendition of Metric's "Black Sheep," and Scott's gay roommate Wallace (Kieran Culkin) has a lot of great lines. The vegan police, Ramona's ever-changing hair, and the sister who's constantly on the up-and-up about Scott's activities were all nice touches. I haven't read the comics, but I adored the movie for its own merits, and especially loved the soundtrack.

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