Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs the World Review

From the moment the Universal Studios classic intro is played in 8-bit sound, you know you’re in for something different with this movie. Michael Cera is once again type-casted as his typical shy, heartbroken awkward-character, except this time he’s got video-game fighting abilities. The plot follows Scott Pilgrim’s journey from coping with a heart-wrenching breakup with She-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named through an epic Battle of the Bands in Toronto and falling in love with the girl of his [literal] dreams. The catch is that he must defeat her bitter evil exboyfriends, each with their own superhuman video game powers. The supernatural ridiculousness isn’t too questionable since, from the start, the entire movie is set like a big video game, with plenty of childhood references for you gamers. The smaller quirky things, like on-screen texts and classic anime-like animations (split-screening faces and crazy flying backgrounds), also make this an extremely innovative film. The editing was superb for these subtleties. The scene transitions are very quick and creative, as expected from Edgar Wright (director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz). The film displays a new style an genre of cinema I haven’t seen before; it’s definitely worth the watch. What can I say, that shit was fresh!

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