The plot behind Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is almost traditional: a young man on a quest to defeat foes and win heart of fair maiden. With Edgar Wright (The Cornetto Triology) at the helm directing Michael Cera (Juno) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane), this is not a traditional movie. The parting with tradition is made clear before the show even starts, when the Warner Bros. logo appears in the style of an 8-bit computer game many viewers will be too young to remember.
Scott Pilgrim is not nostalgic though, it is a colourful, joyful celebration of both film and computer games, and a first true love. As would be expected of a Michael Cera performance, Scott is not a typical romantic lead, or hero of any kind. He is awkward but likeable, and possibly the only credibility he has is that he is in a band, Sex Bob-Omb (which true to it’s computer game theme, is named after an enemy in Super Mario). Ramona Flowers, however, is so cool that her brightly dyed hair changes colour several times throughout the story.
Scott won’t let anything stand in the way of his feelings for Ramona Flowers, and so vows to defeat her seven evil ex's. As he does so, we forget (like he does) that he actually technically already has a girlfriend in the form of groupie Knives (Ellen Wong).
The style of the work does not get in the way of the story or performances, but adds a layer of fun to connect the audience and draw us inside Scott's world and imagination.
Conclusion: Bright, and fun, a first love with computer-style violence.
Overall rating: Not necessarily everyone's cup of tea, but definitely worth a watch.
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