Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must defeat his new girlfriend's (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
If you consider yourself part of the "Nintendo Generation" then chances are you'll enjoy this movie...a lot.
It's got a lot of retro gaming references that are fun and sentimental without getting too bogged down trying to seem hip and cool. I can see it not having much appeal to those who don't identify with the generation it's trying to target; barbie girls, and geezers (you know you are) will probably be caught rolling their eyes at the kung-fu fight scenes and the video game references.
Micheal Cera really fits the role of the blissfully ignorant and narcissistic Scott Pilgrim. It's a new kind of take on the Cera persona we've all been accustomed to seeing him do, and I think it's a good improvement. A little more self-aware, and a little less naive.
The film's got a lot of genuine laughs from it's clever writing and humour.There were people around me in the theatre who were just lapping up the comedy even more than I was. I think I missed the nitrous on the way in, but we were laughing at pretty much the same things for the most part, so I'll take it as a good sign.
The overall pacing of the whole film was excellent and was complimented by some really tight editing; never was there a moment something wasn't going on to entertain or excite and some scene cuts were so sharp it really added to the humor. It had a somewhat slow beginning introducing its characters, but once the pace was set the film ran all the way to the finish.
The universe of Scott Pilgrim is absurd which is pretty obvious just from watching the trailer, but that's where the fun in this film lies; it's a silly world where anything can happen and does, all with a quirky gaming twist.
The evil twin.
For a moment the romance took itself too seriously and ran the risk of throwing the film off kilter...but didn't.
3½ out of 4 stars