Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

The stunt doubles of Lucas Lee are actually the stunt doubles for Chris Evans. Only a quarter of the doubles resemble Evans.

Running into an ex is always an awkward situation. Now, imagine if you had to defeat not one but seven exes of the person you loved. Oh and by the way, they all have superpowers of some sort. Yeah, welcome to Scott Pilgrim's world. Fight!

Based on the popular comic series, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the colorful, video game infused creation from the mind of Bryan Lee O'Malley. Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) seems just like your average guy when he falls head over heels for the punk-esque Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). It's not going to be easy wooing her though because in order to become boyfriend and girlfriend, Scott must defeat all seven of her evil exes before they kill him. This includes action film star Lucas Lee (Chris Evans), vegan extraordinaire Todd (Brandon Routh), and music mogul Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman) among others.

If you've read any of the six comics you'll know how ridiculous the film can be...in a good way. The camera will often cut to an entirely different scene with no hesitation, or people will magically explode into a hailstorm of coins. If you want to enjoy Scott Pilgrim, you're going to have to suspend your disbelief a little.

The film will constantly defy reality, just like in a comic book or video game. Sounds effects will jump out of the screen as you would see them printed in a comic book. There's even one scene involving Scott grabbing a 1UP mushroom right out of thin air. The majority of these scenes are taken directly from the series. They might not make much sense in reality, but that doesn't make them any less awesome. To draw us in further, Nigel Godrich provides and excellent 8-bit soundtrack reminiscent of old NES games. Even the original Legend of Zelda theme makes an appearance at one point. It might be weird to say it, but this is the way a video game film should be, even though it's not directly based off one.

It will come as no surprise but Michael Cera plays his typical self we see in all his other roles. It's not that he does a bad just, he just needs some variety. He does fight a lot in the film but can't help but look awkward doing so. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the real star of the film with her vibrantly died hair and mysterious aura. I can now see why Scott would want to risk his life and defeat her seven evil exes.

Just as the posters say, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is an "epic of epic epicness." It's like no other movie you'll see in theaters. The older generation might be a little confused by it's out of control storyline but those familiar with it's comic roots will be right at home. Continue? Yes please!

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