I wanted to write about Scott Pilgrim vs the World but couldn’t think of a good enough angle……. So I’m just going to tell you how good it is.

Scott Pilgrim vs the World is good. It’s really good. OK end of blog, come back next week for some more pretentious drivel from one half of Loops and Flicks.

If you have made it past the first sentence, I hope it’s because you want to hear about Scott Pilgrim vs The World (from now on it will be referred to as Scott Pilgrim).

So I love this film. All of it. Every aspect of it. It is one of my top ten films of all time. I could watch it over and over again. I think it is pretty damn unique and if you’re willing to go with it and get caught up in the video game/manga/action genre it splits itself between, I’m sure you’ll come to appreciate it for the cult classic it has become.

Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart. That’s what iMDB says, and who am I to argue with them?

The film starts with Scott, 22, (Michael Cera) telling his friends/bandmates that he is dating a 17 year old Chinese Catholic school girl called Knives Chau. Oh, cliches abound. One night Scott dreams of a rollerblading Amazon delivery messenger by the name of Ramona Flowers and bumps into her the next day at a party. After failing to woo her the first time, he bumps into her again, they hit it off and they start dating.

Soon after, Scott is surprised to discover that one of Ramona’s exes has created a league to fight Scott to see if he is worthy of being with Ramona. And so the fun begins.

The film is directed by Edgar Wright and just like his other work (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver) the films are full of awesome fight sequences set to music, self referential and meta humour, stunning visuals, jump cuts, long takes, great performances…..

The list could go on. It is a barrage of colours, sounds, twists and turns. Michael Cera gives his best ever performance. It showed off the talents of Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson and Aubrey Plaza before they were the megastars they are today.

I love it, the critics loved it, audiences did not. Scott Pilgrim was a box office flop making just $40 million against its $80 million budget, but has found a cult following on DVD and streaming platforms.

The film is based on a series of graphic novels written by Bryan Lee O’Malley, who was actually involved in the final film. The film actually incorporates some of O’Malley’s original drawings as flashback vignettes, which gives the whole film a nice mix of live action and animated moments.

I cannot tell you enough how great this film is. It is knowing without being twee, it is filled with action without feeling bloated, it is the definition of what being cool is.

No-one who tries hard to be cool is cool and if you try not to be cool, you aren’t cool either. To be cool, all you have to do is be cool. You just decide to be cool. And that’s what Scott Pilgrim vs the World did. It didn’t try hard to be too cool, or try to be something it wasn’t. It just decided to be cool.


This post was authored by Flicks.

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