David and Lara’s Review of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

25 Aug

We both found that writing a review of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was a lot harder than we initially thought it was going to be.  This part of why this review is rather late.  So, we’re sorry about that.  But here are our attempts at reviewing this film.

David’s Review

Edgar Wright has given us Shaun of the Dead in 2004, Hot Fuzz in 2007, and the fake trailer for the fake movie Don’t also in 2007.  Now, in 2010, he gives us his latest film, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  While Shaun of the Dead was an incredible tribute to zombie and horror films, and Hot Fuzz was everything we all love about action movies rolled into one film, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a love letter to the Nintendo generation.  If you were born at any point during the 1980s then this film is about you.

Let’s start with the characters.  Not even specific characters, just the people you will meet in this film in general.  These are people that you know, granted they are mostly going to be exaggerated versions of them, but you’ll still see yourself and your friends in their reactions and their dialogue.  If you look at movies that are a snapshot of a certain age (and there a lot of them), you see plenty of childhood, high school, college, and thirty-somethings, but very rarely do you see the post-college twenties.  It’s like citizens of movie land graduate from college and go straight to struggling with how to deal with being thirty and never having found love.  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a portrait of this missing age group.  And it is picture perfect.

From the minute the film starts, I felt like I had a connection to this film that I don’t normally feel.  The Universal globe begins spinning with its familiar theme music, except this time it’s a 16-bit globe, and the music makes you feel like you just popped “Waterworld” into your Super Nintendo.

From this point on the entire film feels like a strange alchemical mixture of my comic book collection, every game I played on the Super Nintendo, and my memories from age 21-24.  I’m not sure if a film can get any more personal, at least for me, but I haven’t seen one yet.

I hesitate to say much more about Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  I don’t want to ruin a single minute of it for anyone.  Let me just say that I think anyone can enjoy this movie.  If you lived through the 1990s, then it will probably mean a little bit more to you, but the heart of the film, the love story, is something that anyone can enjoy.

Lara’s Review

K.O.

Seriously, go see this movie.

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