Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13) 112 minutes B+
Great Scott! He Got Game
Starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Johnny Simmons, Mark Webber and Ellen Wong
From director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) comes the most inventive and original film of the summer - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Some will say that Michael Cera plays the same character again and again but this might be his finest moment.
One of my favorite young actors, Cera is becoming the master of deadpan comedy. Here he plays the lovelorned Scott Pilgrim, a sensitive, 22-year-old slacker from Toronto who plays bass guitar in a band called The Sex Bob-omb.
The story begins with Scott and his new 17-year-old girlfriend, Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) getting to know each other and playing Dance Dance Revolution. Scott hasn't been lucky in love and seems smitten with Knives until he meets Ramona. Ramona is literally the girl of his dreams, a real game changer, but true love comes at a price. Scott Pilgrim must fight Ramona's seven evil ex's before they can truly be together.
Sounds silly? It is! But man is it good fun! Not to mention one of the most quotable films I've seen in a while; "Bread makes you fat!?!" or "Wait, they make films in Toronto?". And even though the fight scenes are a little redundant the film is completely infectious and a wonderful homage to video games.
New York Times film critic A.O. Scott liked this film as did I, he brilliantly stated that it's "violent like a video game and sexy like a pop song on the radio". Scott Pilgrim vs. the World isn't for everyone but anyone up for an adventure should check it out.