Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
An Epic Film of Epic Epicness
"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" has got to be one of the weirdest movies that I've ever seen in my entire freaking life......and that's just the way I like it! To be honest, I didn't know what to honestly expect from this film. The trailers suggested a surrealistic style movie that offered a ton of originality in it's own uniqueness, and it definitely was. In fact, this is probably one of the most unique films that I've ever had the pleasure of seeing, as I can personally guarantee that you've never seen a movie like this before.
Based off a series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley. "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" tells the story of a young man named Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) who seems to be living, at least by his own standards, a perfect life. He's twenty three years old and he's in a rock band. Although he's "between jobs" at the moment and barely getting over the loss of his ex-girlfriend, life just couldn't seem get any better for Scott, as he's even started dating a young high school girl named Knives (Ellen Wong). However, that's when he finally meets the girl of his dreams. A girl so mysterious, as she literally skates through his dreams constantly from the very moment he laid eyes on her. A lovely creature by the name of Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). However, the path to Ramona's heart isn't that easy. As Scott not only has to deal with having to break Knives' heart by breaking up with her to be with Ramona, he also has to fight Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends.
Surprisingly, Ramona isn't quite the angel that Scott believes her to be, as he soon discovers before she moved into town, she used to break guys' hearts constantly. Often living a care free lifestyle for the longest time, until it finally catches up with her. Now it seems she can never have a normal life, as her seven evil ex-boyfriends won't allow it and they all want her back. That's why she moved to Canada, to try to start fresh. However, that plans gets scrapped, as Scott must now battle them all in a head on fist fight if he wants to be with her. Easier said than done, as each of these seven evil exes possess their own unique special powers that make it almost impossible for a normal person to beat them. But then again, Scott Pilgrim isn't your normal everyday protagonist either....
Unlike most love stories where a boy must battle to win the heart of the woman he loves, this is actually more of a story about a man gaining the self respect he's never had to win his lover's heart. Confused? I'll gladly explain. As it seems, nobody in Scott's life respects him. Not even his own sister, Stacy (Anna Kendrick), has any confidence in him, as she always assumes that Scott is an inevitable screw up. His friends are always putting him down, as they think he's a total a**. And the only girl that has total confidence in him, happens to be the high school girl that he dumps to be with Ramona. Indeed, Scott starts off as a man that has a lot of insecurity issues about his life, as I don't even think he truly knows what he wants until he meets Ramona. However, that's what makes Scott so likable in this film, as he's not a perfect hero. In fact, he's not even confident about himself, as he goes on in life thinking that he needed that one special person to make him whole. Only to end up realizing that true happiness comes from within. That in order to gain respect, that he must first develop that respect for himself first. As the old saying goes, "You can't make your lover happy, until your happy with yourself first." Something Scott soon realizes as he battles these seven evil ex-boyfriends. Realizing that his fight against those evil exes isn't merely to win a woman's heart, it's more about earning the self respect his life has desperately been lacking these years. As Scott gets tired of constantly being bullied and being scared of his own petty insecurities, that he finally takes a stand against them once and for all.
"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" may not be your typical everyday love story, but it's certainly one of the most unique stories out there. Featuring a strong message about two characters who are unsure of what they want or even what they really need out of life, but realizing that even though we all make big mistakes in our lives, it doesn't make us bad people. No, far from it. It's how we choose to live after we've made those mistakes is what truly defines us. As nobody is ever perfect, but that doesn't mean we have wallow in our own self pity over it. No, anything worth fighting for in life will always be hard to attain, but it's worth it if you want it bad enough. That's why I can't help but love the uniqueness of this movie. Sure, it's predictable and often borderline silly, but it's a great film with a pretty beautiful story.
Even the visual style of this film is nothing short of amazing, as I can guarantee you've never seen a movie quite like this. Featuring a strong surrealistic style that will not only keep the audience on their toes, but completely entranced by this video game and comic book hybrid style world. Adding in animated scenes from the graphic novel, for good measure, to pay homage to the original source. Plus, the humor of this movie is just so funny and witty, you won't be able to help but laugh at some of Scott's exploits as he takes on the "League of Seven Evil Exes."
Overall, some might find "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" to be one of the weirdest movies out there, but is that really such a bad thing? After all, with cliche pieces of crap like "Dinner for Schmucks" out there relying solely on fart jokes and predictability, it's nice to see a truly original film like "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" rely on more than just mediocre humor that solely appeals to morons. No, this film relies on so much more than that, as it's truly a unique film. Featuring possibly some of the best visuals I've ever seen, with a great colorful cast of characters that you won't be able to help but fall in love with. "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" gets a solid three out of four from me. It truly is a epic movie of epic epicness, and I wouldn't want it any other way...