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Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

“Scott, if your life had a face, I would punch it. I would punch your life in the face.” – Kim Pine
Let’s get this out of the way right now – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is awesome. More than that, it’s practically made of awesome. The original graphic novels (which I reviewed here) are amazing. And then you bring director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) and a cast of the most interesting young people in Hollywood, and the results are really special. It’s fast and funny and audacious and in the end, it’s the most pure fun you’ll have in a movie theater.
The basic premise of Scott Pilgrim is that it’s a romantic comedy set in a world that runs on video game logic. When bass player Scott falls in love with Ramona Flowers (an delivery girl with access to Super Mario Bros. 2’s Sub-Space), he finds out that he has to defeat her Seven Evil Exes in combat. Of course, the rules of the world aren’t really established until Matthew Patel arrives to kill Scott, and after unleashing a 64-hit combo, Scott punches Matthew so hard that he turns into coins. When this happens in the first book, it’s a giddy thrill. When it happens in the movie, and there’s a whole audience along for the ride, the effect is really fantastic. It’s a whole theater full of people who suddenly realize “OK, that’s how this is going to be.” And it’s really infectious – it’s not only fun to watch but there’s this constant question as to whether they can really pull it off.

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