Scott Pilgrim v.s. The World is directed by Edgar Wright and stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Kieran Culkin, and Jason Schwartzman.
Every now and again in my film-viewing adventures, I’ll find an older movie that slipped under my radar ages ago, leaving me baffled as to how I missed it in the first place because it’s a damn good film. A hidden gem, if you will. Those who follow me on twitter know that “Scott Pilgrim v.s. The World” is one of those gems.
Edgar Wright is one of the most underrated directors working today, and one of the best directors to touch a camera. His films are littered with smart transitions, clever plot nuances, easter eggs, and foreshadowing elements while at the same time being flat out incredibly well made and funny films. He brings his A+ game to the table yet again with quite possibly my favorite work in his entire filmography. This film is epic, charming, funny, and not afraid to be itself. The visuals are a marvel, with video game/anime/comic effects blended with dynamic storytelling making this a truly epic tale set in a world based on a comic. I was hooked from the 8-bit Universal™ logo all the way to the ‘Continue?’ game-over style graphic prior to the rolling of the credits. (Fantastic idea, by the way).
Cera and Winstead steal this film with their respective performances as Scott and Ramona, while still managing to share their on-screen charisma and charm with the other actors, also giving great performances. (Especially Chris Evans, who quite possibly is more of a scene-stealer than Cera and Winstead.) Each character, while giving individual performances, symbiotically feed into the personas of the other characters, and create an energy that, love them or hate them, makes just about every character in this film interesting and entertaining.
As far as the negatives… I don’t really have any. And I’ve seen this film multiple times. My only complaint is that on the first viewing of this film, the third act can stumble in finding its footing, but even that cleans up after a few minutes and is hardly noticeable upon repeat viewings. This film is loveable to a T, is brave, funny, innovative, charming, and not afraid to be its own unique entity. In a matter of a few short days, it has become my favorite film of Edgar Wright’s and gets a coveted A+.