Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010): ***½
Directed by Edgar Wright
This is a movie that is a rarity: it has actually grown on me over time.
I like it a little more each time I see it. I got it on DVD for Christmas
and have watched it three times since then. I really, really like it.
What's that? No, I didn't read the books first. I'm reviewing a movie
here, not a book!
This movie succeeds in one of my qualifying categories for what makes
a great movie: it shows me something I have never seen before. I have
never seen people explode into piles of loose change when defeated. I've
never seen giant letters "K.O." appear in the air when someone
gets knocked out. Except, of course, in video games. But certainly not
in a live action movie. And that's one thing I certainly loved about this
film; it takes video game conventions that you don't even question anymore,
but then by showing them in live action it illustrates just how incredibly
bizarre they really are. It fuses sound effect, music, editing, and special
effects to produce a surreal film. It really is like nothing I've ever
The whole film is fueled by an incredibly infectious, geeky energy. Scenes
zip and pop, visual and audio gags are thrown about willy-nilly, in-jokes
and obscure references pepper the proceedings. The characters are all
incredibly unique, quirky, and (most importantly) very specific. Plus,
even if you don't get all of the crazy geeky stuff (like my wife), it's
still a very funny and sweet romantic comedy. With some kick-ass fight
scenes in it.
Ultimately, it's a movie about a weenie/ass of a guy who finally earns
some self-respect (literally--you'll see) when he overcomes not his new
girlfriend's past and current demons, but his own. In a crazy way it's
a joyous and uplifting film. It's certainly not a perfect film. The end
of the second act in particular (vs Roxy and vs The Twins) feels a little
flat. But I think it is destined to go in my
"will watch at any time" list, and for me that's saying