Top 365 Films – #161 – Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)


Top 365 Films -  Scott Pilgrim vs the WorldDIRECTED BY: Edgar Wright

STARRING: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Ellen Wong, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Aubrey Plaza, Satya Bhabha, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Mae Whitman, Shota Saito, Keita Saito and Jason Schwartzman

BUDGET: $60m

EARNED (Worldwide): $47.6m

AWARDS: None

 

SYNOPSIS

Scott Pilgrimust defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

 

Scott Pilgrim is a bass guitarist in an up-and-coming garage rock band called Sex Bob-omb and is dating a high school girl called Knices Chau. Soon enough he discovers another girl named Ramona Flowers that captivates his dreams and falls head over heels for her, losing interest in Knives in the process. Ramona is a mysterious character and as they begin to date, Scott learns there’s an issue with dating Ramona….several infact as he must prove himself worthy to win her heart by defeating the league of her seven evil exes.

 

Scott Pilgrim vs The World may be the most polarising film choice in my 365 films list as you’ll fall one of two ways in regards to your view of the film: either you are in lesbians with it or you just don’t want the name to be brought up in film conversation….ever. The film is a crazy blend of video games, anime, pop culture references and ridiculous action sequeneces and wears the over-the-top status of it all proudly on its sleeve. On multiple viewing aside from the fact that Edgar Wright has done a terrific job in putting this culturistic -nerd-overload gem together, major props have to go to the film editing and sound editing teams. The dialogue is pretty much quotable and the jokes come thick and fast in the middle of the fights which are undoubtedly the best parts of the film and the actors in the roles clearly have a ball doing it from Chris Evans to Brandon Routh to Mae Whitman and especially Jason Schwartzman as Gideon. Ellen Wong is great as Knives, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is also really good as Ramona and Michael Cera is, well, Michael Cera-ish that completely works in the realm of this bonkers piece. Scott Pilgrim vs The World isn’t for everyone’s taste but I enjoy it a lot.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: Scott vs Todd leading to telekinetic powers on show due to Todd’s veganism, a guitar battle and vegan police.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Todd Ingram: Gelato isn’t vegan?

Vegan Police: It’s milk and eggs, bitch.’

DID YOU KNOW?: Edgar Wright obtained permission to use the famous theme song from the SNES game,The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991), by writing a letter to Nintendo, saying that it is considered to be “the nursery rhyme of this generation”. He was also allowed to use the Seinfeld (1989) theme song for a sitcom-style sequence.

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