Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: July 27, 2010
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Music by: Nigel Godrich
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Ellen Wong, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Aubrey Plaza, Satya Bhabha, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Mae Whitman, Shota Saito, Keita Saito, Jason Schwartzman, Kjartan Hewitt, Ben Lewis, Nelson Franklin, Christine Watson, Chantelle Chung, Don McKellar, Emily Kassie, John Patrick Amedori, Erik Knudsen, Tennessee Thomas, Maurie W. Kaufman, Abigail Chu, Kristina Pesic, Thomas Jane, Clifton Collins Jr., Bill Hader, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Hope Larson

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is 22 year-old and lives in Toronto, Canada with his 25 year-old gay-friend Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin), occasionally but technically all the time in his secret lair opposite his house.

The Sex-Bob-Omb: Stephen Stills (Mark Webber), Kim Pine (Alison Pill) and Scott Pilgrim

Scott is involved with a band called Sex-Bob-Omb. He plays the bass guitar with his friends: Stephen Stills (Mark Webber) – the lead singer and guitarist and Kim Pine (Alison Pill) – the lead drummer and also Scott’s ex-girlfriend. Scott’s  friend, Neil Nordegraf (Johnny Simmons) is a self-proclaimed fan of the Sex-Bob-Omb is always there but plays his Nintendo DS all the time.

Recently, Scott dated a high-schooler girl named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), and she is Chinese. Everyday Scott hangs out with her talking about video games and stuffs. Knives does not seem tired of him. She was also invited to Scott’s band practice. Scott and Knives spend most of the time at the arcade centre playing Ninjas.

One day, Scott accompanies Knives at her school’s library and meets a mysterious girl whom he met from his dreams. Scott has a new goal and wants to know her. The night after band practice, he went to Stephen’s ex-girlfriend’s, Julie Powers (Aubrey Plaza) party. He and Neil dislike the party.

On the way to the washroom, Scott caught with Comeau (Nelson Franklin), who knows everybody. Scott brought up an unknown signature and ask if he knows who it belongs to. Comeau told him that it belongs to Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and she is going to be at this party tonight.

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) talks about Pacman origins to Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)

Scott zooms away to find her and spotted her standing against the wall by herself. Then, Scott starts approaching her but did not introduce himself rather talking the origins of Pacman which kind of spook her. So he let her be and stalks her until she left the party. Scott tries to ask everyone who knows about her until Julie forbid him to hit on her unless he break-up with Knives and so forth.

Back at the secret lair, Scott whines at Wallace about a girl that he is seriously about getting in touch with but do not want to let Knives knows about it. Scott’s concern sister – Stacey (Anna Kendrick) calls immediately after Wallace sleep-texting to  her.

Next morning, Scott receives an email about a duel with seven evil “exes” but decided to delete them anyways. He then asked Wallace the website for Amazon.ca which is also “Amazon.ca”. He orders an unknown package just to see her. When the door rings, the person he expected see did not turn up except Knives did an “attack hug” on him.

The following day, Scott was distracted at band practice, he take a piss then the scene takes us to his dream where Ramona Flowers is at the door. He woke up to open the door to find Ramona at his doorstep. He even tells her that he just dream about her at the door step. He asked her on a date and she hesitates and agreed.

Scott making out with Ramona

They hang out at the playground under the cold winter exchanging glances and information before heading to Ramona’s house to have a cup of tea. Scott unintentionally enters Ramona’s room while she was changing and decided to sleep together but not doing anything.

Next evening, Stephen receives an invitation for the Sex-Bob-Omb for a duel contest with “Crash and the Boys”. Scott invited Ramona to be there. When Ramona arrives, Knives was there too along with Stacey and her boyfriend, Jimmy (Kjartan Hewitt) and Wallace. Scott ran away from his problems to the backstage. Stacey, Ramona and Knives are sitting side by side and Stacey begin questioning about Ramona and Knives connection to Scott.

Scott duels with Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha)

Scott feels fear for the first time and decides to play the music loud like really loud to win. When the Sex-Bob-Omb starts playing , Knives fainted. But the band was interrupted by an Indian-looking-pirate who calls himself, Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha) and challenge him into a duel if Scott wants to be with Ramona. Scott was blurred about the whole issue and said he skimmed the email which Matthew sent. So both of them fought until Matthew release his mystical fireball but defeated anyways.

The League of Evil Exes: Kyle Katayanagi (Shota Saito), Gideon Gordon Graves (Jason Schwartzman), Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha), Lucas Lee (Chris Evans), Ken Katayanagi (Keita Saito), Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh), and Roxy (Mae Whitman)

Ramona has “7 Evil Exes” from The League of Evil Exes. Scott must defeat all seven to be with her. His encounters are [1] Matthew Patel with mystical fireball powers, [2] Lucas Lee (Chris Evans), an action movie star who is good at skateboarding, [3] Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh), who possesses telekinetic powers because of his vegan diet, a bass guitarist and boyfriend to Scott’s ex-girlfriend, Envy Adams (Brie Larson): Clash at The Demonhead, [4] Roxy (Mae Whitman), a teleporting lesbian, [5] Kyle (Shota Saito) and [6] Ken Katayanagi (Keita Saito) – electronica musicians, and finally [7] Gideon Gordon Graves (Jason Schwartzman) – manager of Chaos Theater and future Sex-Bob-Omb’s record dealer (G-Man).

Gideon is the evil mastermind behind the foundation of The League of Evil Exes to get Ramona back. Scott must defeat him to free Ramona from Gideon’s control. He enters Chaos Theater and challenge Gideon and also confess his love to Ramona, and earns the “Power of Love” sword but was ultimately defeated by Gideon. And the scene restarts because earlier he defeated the Katayanagi twins and obtain a 1-UP.

Scott earns the "Power of Self-Respect" sword

He re-enters Chaos Theater undo all his  this by apologizing to his band mates and praises Neil yet challenge Gideon again and state that he is fighting for himself and earns the “Power of Self-Respect” sword and defeat Gideon. In the same time, also preventing Knives from attacking Ramona. He apologizes to her that he dated her with Ramona. Scott kicks Gideon and he exploded into 1 million coin tokens.

A Nega Scott appears to challenge him but ended up being friends. Scott restarts his relationship with Ramona.

Reviewer’s Note:
Based on a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’ Malley. Scott Pilgrim is an ordinary and regular geek dude who is into video games and music.

What amazes me is director Edgar Wright who directs Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead has made Scott Pilgrim a “Scott Pilgrim”.

Combining visual techniques to blend a comic feel with such as using comic fonts to indicate a certain sound or music. The fight scene are very much like a video game. Just like Contra or Double Dragon.

Best film I watched last year!

And I’m looking forward to a sequel if only it’s directed by Edgar Wright.

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