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323 out of 509 people found the following review useful:
Epic indeed, 24 July 2010
Author: Tom (Crys383-3) from Turlock, California
The tagline for this film is "An Epic of Epic Epicness" and I couldn't
agree more. After waiting in line for 3 hours after last night's
Comic-Con and finally being sat in the gorgeous Balboa Theater, I
didn't know what to expect. I loved the comics and the previews looked
faithful. The moment the movie starts (literally; the Universal logo
and theme are 8-bit) you are thrown into a comic book atmosphere with
video game references aplenty.
The plot revolves around Scott Pilgrim needing to defeat the 7 Evil Exes of Ramona Flowers in order to date her and it is a harrowing sequence of battles. Each fight is crazier than the last and some are used purely for comedy, not excitement. Almost every other line is a punchline and they all work. References to TV shows, video games and comics (just like a 20-something's life would include) are everywhere and if you accept the concept of the plot, it all feels natural.
While the audience might've been biased (we held a 10-minute standing ovation for Edgar Wright when the movie finished) there's no denying that it's an excellent film. Edgar Wright has an uncanny sense of comic timing with edits and sound cues to make the picture tight and focused when it's looking for laughs.
I can't imagine a mainstream theater erupting in applause and laughter like ours did but make no mistake; this a crowd pleaser and the MOST enjoyable film I've seen in years. Don't hesitate to watch this masterpiece in a theater near you.
213 out of 362 people found the following review useful:
One of Edgar Wrights finest, 22 June 2010
Author: morganqwerty from Australia
I was lucky enough too see this film during a test preview to an
audience that weren't told what we were about too see. I was honestly
expecting some odd film that really needed a lot of help but i was
pleasantly surprised with how great this movie was.
The movie had everyone laughing, and i mean everyone, I've been too almost every Wright film and somehow the audience wasn't as amused as i was, but this time everyone loved it. I've never heard so much laughter in one cinema.
The jokes were fast and although silly, they weren't stupid which made for quite an enjoyable film. Wright's trademark quick cuts, and simple comedy made this film, i personally think if it were directed by anyone else it wouldn't have had the same effect.
The characters were well written and performed, every individual character fitted perfectly. The film had many scenes that were quite pointless but still quite funny for example the Seinfeld scene.
Apparently its based on a comic book series? I've never heard of them before but i certainly will look out for them now. If you're a fan of Edgar Wrights films or just good silly humour you will love this film.
Great comedy, definitely the best of 2010 8/10 Morgan
190 out of 321 people found the following review useful:
Excellent, Brilliant !!!!!!! REFRESHING, 18 August 2010
Author: guapog from United States
This is truly a brilliant, refreshing movie. I must say that I didn't
quite know what to expect but except that I thought this movie was for
teenagers and I was terribly wrong.
I am 40 years old and I TRULY enjoyed this movie and it had a clear story line that targeted more than just teenagers. In addition, I saw every age group, race, gender in the screening that I attended which was impressive and we all were jumping and laughing at every scene as if we were all teenagers.
I truly left the movie saying that " I cant wait to see more films put out by "Oni Productions/Closed on Mondays ". Well done !!!!!
92 out of 150 people found the following review useful:
Fantastic!, 12 November 2010
Author: bennyhagen from Hungary
Teenager problems (find yourself, get real, etc.) might not give
anything to people considering themselves mayor adults, but consider
this is a movie built on arcade video gaming motifs, I don't think it
concerns mayor adults at all in the first place. I for one did not
necessarily long for dark moral drama in this particular movie at all,
I think the story was just about right for this movie, but you decide,
if this is childish watch Haneke.
Now for the rest: Surprisingly, Scott Pilgrim features the best martial arts scenes in years. Every fight is choreographed and executed in the most awesome ways and the fact that it's not Jet Lee pulling off these moves makes it even more fun to watch. And you get the fights absolutely frequently which is really, really satisfying. The editing is incredibly skillful as probably the most crucial element that makes this work. It gives the movie an incredible rhythm, reaching new levels of dynamism and the use of CGI and the visual design is plain fantastic. The amount of creativity put into this part is mind- blowing, resulting genuine and most original style. The cast is cool and I don't think anyone should look for academy material here. I liked these kids and they suit the movie.
So, all together I found Scott Pilgrim being one of the most original, exciting and fun productions I've seen in my life. As a huge fan of things like fighting games, comics, or martial arts anime I felt satisfied to a point of screaming 'awesome' out loud after 30 minutes into the movie. Though people who never played Street Fighter or kept crossing fingers for Goku and friends yelling 'kamehameha' as evil bosses get pulverized by energy beams might not really get what Scott Pilgrim is about, it's very hard to deny the originality featured and the creative and professional qualities of the way it's executed.
55 out of 79 people found the following review useful:
Something unusually great, 9 December 2010
Author: wilderblue2005 from United Kingdom
I came to this films with no preconceptions of it as a movie and I have to say I am glad. I guess I was expecting another Michael Cera movie about some dopey kid in love. And thats what it is ... but done in a unusually great way. For anyone under 25 brought up on gaming (I am 30 and not) this will be just brilliant. The style of the movie with its "end of level baddies", game-play set-up and visuals are a welcome and refreshing twist on what could have been a hum-drum movie. The music rocked, the comedy was fast, slick and laugh out loud ... I'd definitely recommend this to my friends looking for something that little bit special.
43 out of 63 people found the following review useful:
Terrific!, 15 April 2011
Author: GitanillaOZ from Australia
Scott Pilgrim versus the World is a Canadian romantic comedy and
musical based on the comic books by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Scott Pilgrim
is a 22y.o teen-age-looking insecure guy and guitarist who plays in a
rock band called Sex Bom-omb and is going out with a minor high-school
Chinese girl, Knives. He seems content until he has a dream about a
girl. She happens to appear in his real world in the form of Ramona,
the ever-changing-hair-colour American recently moved to Toronto. Scott
is over the moon, but he has to face his own personal demons, break up
with sweet Knives and fight for Ramona's love against her seven exes.
Scott Pilgrim is one of the most refreshing teen-sophomore movies produced in the last years, and one the best movies of 2010. The movie is cute, funny, entertaining, has great characters, a terrific soundtrack and stunning visuals. The story is presented as in a video-game in which the main characters are the players, and their lives is the game. The issues regarding relationships are masqueraded by the video-game approach, but they have depth. Unlike many other movies focusing on the emotional challenges of very young people, sex is not the focus, although it does not avoid it either. The movie focus on how difficult is to make a relationship work when you fall in love whit people who already have an emotional baggage and you are insecure about yourself. Scott's fights against Ramona's exes are just a metaphoric way of putting it. Moreover, the emotions of the girl are not the focus here, but the emotions of a young man who is not obsessed with sex. How do you get a girl who has an emotional baggage when you are not an over-confident guy, your dream girl is uber-cool, and her exes were brilliant guys? The good thing is that any of this is boringly presented. On the contrary, the movie is lots of fun and does not take itself seriously.
All the actors are great in their roles: Michael Cera as Scott, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers, Ellen Wong as Knives Chau; Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons and Alison Pill as the other band members Stephen, Young and Kim. Kieran Culkin is Scott's confident grounded gay Wallace Wells, Anna Kendrick as the know it all Scott's sister Stacey, and Jason Schwartzman as the revolting Gideon Graves. However, Cera really shines in this movie, in part because his physique really portraits the character from the start.
The visuals of the movie are stunning, the camera's movement, the video-game and comic use of the screen adding to the freshness and originality of the film. The fights wit the exes are extremely funny and witty. I specially liked the fight with the Vegan ex-boyfriend, which is hilarious. Also visually stunning is the musical competition between Scott's rock band and the techno Asian twins band.
The music is truly terrific. An extra bonus to a great script.
Scott Pilgrim vs the Wold movie is not only well done but done with passion, a project cherished by the whole team and by director Edgar Wright.
The movie has freshness, soul and a special something that stays with you longer after you've seen it! It is miles away from any other young people romantic comedy lately made.
100 out of 185 people found the following review useful:
It's so intent on being hipster cool that it forgets about keeping it real, 29 August 2010
Author: Marmaduke90 from Australia
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is in his early twenties and has started
dating a girl named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) who is still in high
school. The news circulates around all of his friends including his gay
roommate Wallace (Kieran Culkin) and his nosey sister Stacey (Anna
Kendrick). At first Scott enjoys the company of Knives. She watches his
band play during their practice sessions. At a party though Scott meets
who he believes is the girl of his dreams in Ramona (Mary Elizabeth
Winstead). He opts to go out with Ramona instead and decides to breakup
with Knives. Yet when his band is performing at a gig, Scott is
confronted by one of Ramona's seven ex-boyfriends. This leads to a
series of video game style fight sequences where Scott must take on
each of Ramona's exes, many of which have superhuman powers of their
own and defeat them so he can date her properly.
Although Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has been adapted from a 2004 graphic novel series, it is to a fault like a computer game. It's been directed by Edgar Wright, who previously worked on Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). He has chosen to shoot the film with an overwhelming number of visual tricks that look to have come straight from the graphic novel source and the arcades machines. When someone knocks on Scott's door the onomatopoeic words appear on the screen. When Scott kisses Ramona tiny hearts trickle out between them. During the fight scenes icons popup to reveal Scott's high scores, like an arcade game. But Wright seems too excited by these gimmicks and they are used too frequently. Rather than being charming little treats for the audience, they quickly become excessive. The film's rapid pacing is also problematic. As the director and one of the film's screenwriters Wright seems highly intent on moving through the film's opening quarter as quickly as possible, with rapid cutting hurling the audience from one scene to another. Given the speed of the first act and the array of video game aesthetics thrown in, the rest of the film desperately lacks urgency. It fires all its shots at once and then there is no momentum to build upon with any of the fight scenes, leaving the movie at a monotone rate. Scott Pilgrim already knows how to fight too so there is no character development or exposition here either. Each fight sequence feels no more significant than the last. It makes for extremely repetitive viewing, with at least three exes too many and just not enough substance.
Michael Cera has potential as a comic actor but the script here does not allow him to develop anything new beyond his trademark dopey persona. Given how engaging he has been in films like Juno (2007), it is surprising how dislikeable he is here. The way that he treats Knives and gets away with it makes him less appealing as a protagonist. It does not help that Cera is forced to deliver dialogue that is entirely self- conscious in its attempts to be hip. No one has anything interesting or funny to say here. When his sister Stacey asks him if he really thought that he had a future with Ramona he replies thickly: "Like with jetpacks?" There is an overdose of style here and not an ounce of sincerity. A lot of the other performers are wasted too. Anna Kendrick, a talented actress from films like Twilight and Up in the Air (2009), is barely seen and no matter how cool and alternative Winstead's hair looks her character is still underwritten. It's disappointing that the exes fail to reveal anything about her past. Jason Schwartzman has only a small role as the film's central baddie and it would have been nice to see more of him in the film because he is a regularly enjoyable talent on-screen.
Despite the efforts of director Edgar Wright to bombard the audience with an array of visual tricks, there is little by way of substance to be found in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Its computer game counterpart probably soars on its artistic flair but this film disregards too many of the basics of screen writing. It's pacing runs on a single, exhausting note and does not give enough urgency to the repetitive fight sequences. The lack of a substantial narrative here diminishes any possible depth the performances might have had too. It's so intent on being hipster cool that it forgets about keeping it real. Exit game.
34 out of 62 people found the following review useful:
scott pilgrim vs' teen comedy, 3 November 2010
Author: mjkelly6 from United Kingdom
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Although i had only heard good things about this film I was half
expecting it to come across as a typical teen 90s teen comedy and was
expecting something quite childish. I tried to push these thoughts
aside as I am a huge Edgar Write fan, and also a massive geek.
As a film I think It was very well done, if not just a few minutes too long. Although a younger cast and a story line that relates to younger people there is a very 80's feel to it with the big reference to the old snes games in the fight scenes and the the special effects as well as sticking very close to the old school comic books and typical manga style of the hand drawings to accentuate certain parts of the film and characters, even going to the point of have writing about whats happening or what people are thinking/saying appear on the screen. It is well written, subtle but funny, although only if you are into that kind of humour. A lot of the humour revolved around old computer games and consoles. Plus, the film was very visually pleasing, something that I have always found edgar wright to be very good at. It did touch into crappy teen comedy but was made as if this was being aimed at a more adult audience.
On to my second point: Despite all of this, I found the film a bit all over the shop. Although there was clear plot it just didn't feel concise as if they had just done a half assed job with the screen writing.
I love edgar Write and I'm sure he will produce some brilliant stuff again in the future but overall, I found scott Pilgrim underwhelming and disappointing.
15 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
One of the Best of 2010, 21 June 2011
Author: MoffatLP from Canada
'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' was executed from a graphic novel to a film very nicely but didn't make it a better film. The movie was great but from comic to movie really didn't make it any better although it probably wasn't intended to make it better. This film exceeded all of my expectations and actually surprised me that a comic like this type could be made into a movie so nicely done. I immediately picked up the graphic novels and it explained a huge amount of references that never got displayed in this movie. I really really liked Michael Cera's performance in this and he continues to be exceptional. The film's tagline "An epic of epic epicness" really defines the film for what it is. It was funny, intense, and serious while it has it's own style of a film itself. 'Scott Pilgrim' had it's own type of humour, the intense fight scenes that were really fun to watch and see the creativity of the authors point of view. This is a fun movie and must see.
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Pure Fun. This Comic-Book Fantasy does well to hold for the majority of the film, 11 September 2012
Author: TheMaster1378 from Australia
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I think that this film is one that you have to view a couple of times
to appreciate just how... epically stupid it is, but stupid in a good
way. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is exactly like the graphic novel just
more colourful and in the form of a film. To some, this film is a
religion, a film that you must watch over and over because it is so
unique. Others hate it, and think it is the biggest waste of time. I
don't love it but at the same time I don't hate it. I think it is the
sort of the movie that will pick you up when your in a bad mood, it
will inspire you... and then you will laugh at how weird it is.
The exposition of the film is great. We hear the Hazy-Garage sound of Sex Bob-Omb's self titled song "We are Sex Bob-Omb" and the credits proceed to roll. At this point I was thinking "Yes. This is going to be a great film", but the film begins to lose its pace at about the hour mark and seems like they were just trying to drag it out for as long as they could. Thankfully, it regains its strength for a fierce ending full of Swordfights, Original Music and... Dragons.
Micheal Cera is the perfect Scott Pilgrim, the lame haircut, the awkward silences and whole stupidity of this character; is perfectly brought out. Scott is an awkward sort of guy, his high-pitched voice and the fact that he has a 17-year-old Chinese girlfriend kind of tells us a lot about his character. He lives in Torronto, Canada with his gay roommate Wallace(whom the film could not live without).
When Micheal first meets Pink-Haired Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) at a party, the entire film changes. It portrays the characteristics of a romance, and for a good 5-10 minutes, the film does become that. It explores the Difficulty that Scott faces when he is dating two girls at the same time. The only problem with Ramona is... she has seven evil exes, and the only problem with knives is... well... she is frustrating. After defeating Ramona's first-ex, Scott's character has changed and although he still seems dorky, he isn't as lame and pathetic. He can fight and play some pretty sick bass riffs (like final fantasy II). Ramona Flowers also seems a bit more likable. When we first meet her she is attractive but seems arrogant, now that she and Scott are dating, we see her as a whole different person.
The fictional band Sex Bob-omb are awesome! By the end of this film, all of the fans will be downloading "We are Sex Bob-Omb", "Garbage Truck" and my personal favourite "Threshold". The way that they have incorporated these original songs into this film is impressive and the viewer does not get bored listening to a song they have never heard. Powered by their red-head girl drummer, Kim, and her count-in; the band is a pivotal part of the film and just makes it even cooler.
There are quite a few scenes in this film that probably didn't need to be in there (especially when Patel starts singing his song 'Slick') but the movie does manage to maintain a decent entertainment factor. It is the perfect definition of a stupid comedy.
I want to give it a better score but it needs to keep the awesomeness of the intro and the end, the whole way through.
<6 out of 10> A Fun and Enjoyable film
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