Friday, August 13, 2010

Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

My 13 yr old brother was supposed to co-write this with me, but due to the demands of summer camp and every young person’s natural state of mental dormancy this time of year, he was unable to do so. However, I am told that while he would not put this film in his “Top 5” (though admittedly, he’s only identified 4 of those 5 at this point in his brief existence), he enjoyed the movie very much, even though it dragged a bit in the third act.

It seems like Mario and Link are always trying to save their respective princesses. Luckily, the video game world is also filled with many capable female protagonists, but this antiquated chivalrous notion still lingers. In 2010 it oddly rears it head again with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the faithful film adaptation of a mid-century Canadian graphic novel heavily informed by video games that tells the tale of one slacker’s quest to find a pair and win the heart of his true love by defeating her 7 ex-boyfriends in battle. With its “tragically Canadian sensibilities,” to borrow the phrase of one of its characters, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is literal in all the right places utilizing video game style graphics, comic action lines, and voice over to drive home the smart tweeness of this film. It may also be a little too referential those unfamiliar with the significance of a “1-up” or an Easter egg, but its stunning visuals and youthful verve should get non-gamers through if they are willing to succumb to this endearing yet action-packed world. And fortunately, the princess gets to kick a little ass even if she still requires rescuing in the end.