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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World : A Review
Saturday, November 20, 2010

There are several reasons why I normally don't write reviews on movies;

1. I don't often watch movies.
2. The movies that I do watch are normally not worth reviewing.
3. My reviews on movies that I watch are not worth reading.

     However, due to an irrepressible need to share some entertainment with the community (and since I was dying of boredom), here's my take on what I would deem as one of the more amusing shows of 2010.

The Movie Poster.

     Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is based on a comic book series of the same name, and as the title suggests, revolves around the rather dysfunctional life of the protaganist, Scott Pilgrim. Scott (played by Michael Cera) dates a 17-year old highschool girl, Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), in an attempt to get over his horrific breakup with ex-girlfriend turned superstar Envy Adams (Brie Larson). Not too long after, he meets the girl of his dreams (literally), Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and begins his courtship, only to find out in order to be with her, he has to defeat her 7 Evil Ex Boyfriends.

"Chicken isn't vegan?" - Todd Ingram

     The League of Evil Ex Boyfriends is comprised of a bevy of characters, including a mystical Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha), and the Vegan Bass Player, Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh, of Superman fame).

     The movie is riddled with satirical humour, and if you like watching The Simpsons, you'd probably identify with this one as well. Its absurdity at its best, with many nonsensical moments peppered throughout the 1.52 hours of movie time. A general observation would be that the cast did a brilliant job of bringing personality to the characters they played.

The band members of Sex Bob-omb.

     The plot is pretty simple, and easy to follow. Take note, its no Inception or other similar movies with mind-boggling concepts and twists in the last 10 minutes of reel. Scott Pilgrim is a straightforward, clear-cut show, which is pretty good for days that you'd rather not crack your head trying to figure out whether the top will stop spinning or not.

Forget Mortal Kombat, the fight sequences here are simply stunning.

     Grounded very deeply in videogame culture, the musical cues and visual effects are highly reminiscent of the days of Mario and Tekken. The fight sequences are pretty amazing, supplemented by the Street Fighter ambience each fight emanates. The clinking of coins and numbers representing points suddenly appearing on the screen will bring a touch of nostalgia to every videogame fanboy, young or old.

Here's a sample of the music in Scott Pilgrim v. The World.

     To top it off, the soundtrack complements the movie perfectly, with many songs from Beck (also played throughout the show by Scott's band, Sex Bob-ombs), lending a grunge-rock feel to the whole thing.

     For 1.52 hours of light-hearted entertainment, this would be a recommended watch indeed.

The Official Trailer!

For more info, visit the
Scott Pilgrim v. The World IMDB page!

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