“Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World;” A Truly Underrated Movie

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World; A Truly Underrated Movie

Adya Mohapatra, Copy Editor

“Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World” is a movie that is dear to many people for a variety of reasons. It tells the tale of twenty-one year old Scott Pilgrim and his relationship issues, all taking place in the magical land of Canada. After a bad break-up, he begins dating a 17 year old high schooler, Knives Chau, and all seems well. At least until he meets Ramona, a mysterious girl from America whom he falls in love with. However, in order to date Ramona, Scott must defeat her seven evil exes while juggling his ongoing relationship with Knives. And on top of all that, his band wants to get signed off on a record label, but the distractions in Scott’s life cause his commitment to his band to slowly fade along with his friendships. But, I do not believe the film’s summary does it any justice. This movie goes beyond any of the expectations I had for it and I consider it to be one of the best movies I have yet seen.

This movie was adapted from the comics originally made by Bryan Lee O’Malley and was released in 2010. Many believe the comics to be superior, but the film does not fail to entertain audiences of all kinds. The many video game references sprinkled throughout the movie are appealing to everyone, not just gamers, and add to the film’s overall aesthetic. From the music to the action, the animated feel given to the live-action movie is astounding and captivating. The details evident in almost every frame demonstrate the amount of effort that went into its production, demonstrated through plot continuation, subtle symbolism, and humorous foreshadowing.

And when discussing the technical aspects of the film, one cannot ignore the fantastic use of transitions throughout it. The movie’s director and producer, Edgar Wright, is known for his original shots, and it can clearly be seen why. The way one scene moves to the next is extremely creative and visually pleasing.

The plot itself is not a particularly unique one, but its execution allows it to be viewed as if it were an original one. Though the storyline is not that complicated, its fast pace prevents the movie from dragging on and on. The events that occur are not hard to predict, but are still fun to anticipate and watch.

The characters were not particularly dynamic, but the main characters did receive proper character development in a way that satisfies the audience. The actions and motivations of all the characters were very realistic and therefore amusing to see. The chemistry amongst the actors was quite good, which took all of their character interactions to the next level. Even though Michael Cera stole the show with his portrayal of Scott, the other actors made their contributions as well.

The film’s humor is another thing that sets it over the top. Some jokes do tend to fall flat depending on its audience, but most are presented in a witty manner and have a natural feel to them. Although, one does have to be paying full attention to the movie to understand all its jokes. Like the plot, the dialogue is very fast-paced and punchlines about one subject shift to another in the blink of an eye. The film’s sense of humor is perfectly suited to their target audience: teenagers. However, it may not be as successful with anyone older or younger than its age demographic.

Overall, though “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World” was not very successful when it was first released and is not the most well-known movie out there, it is definitely worth a watch. Even if it does not appeal to your personal taste, it consists of elements that can interest everyone. It may not be a guaranteed favorite, but it will surely serve as a memorable viewing experience.