Top 100 Films Of The 2010’s – #74 – Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)


RELEASED: 25th August 2010

DIRECTOR: Edgar Wright

CAST: 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

BOX OFFICE WORLDWIDE: $47.6m

AWARDS: None

Scott Pilgrim must 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 Knives 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.

 

Edgar Wright’s films were the ones I rewatched to death during my college and university years and Scott Pilgrim vs The World is peak Edgar Wright with the films blend of pop culture, witty fast-paced dialogue and the editing…the transitions from scene to scene as well as the sharp cuts, this film might be my favourite in terms of film editing this decade and it is tremendous work from Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss in that department. Based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the film blends music, anime and video game references into a seamless vehicle for storytelling, with Bill Pope’s cinematography bringing the energy to life on screen, particularly in how the fight sequences are shot. While the film is a marvel on a technical level, it helps that the story and the characters are just as interesting and engaging, which is some achievement considering the array of characters involved, even if they have limited screentime they make a memorable impression (looking at Satya Bhabha, Mae Whitman, Brandon Routh, Brie Larson and Chris Evans). Michael Cera is as perfectly awkward socially as he can be as Scott Pilgrim, particularly when it comes to the scenes in which Knives and Ramona are in close quarters with each other and he’s solid enough in the fight choreography that you never question how he can hold his own considering the way the film is presented. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is really good as Ramona Flowers, a woman who can’t escaped the demons of her past, in this case seven evil exes, and is always right when calling out Scott on his hypocrisy. Kieran Culkin is great as Scott’s roommate Wallace, Ellen Wong is really good as Knives Chau and Jason Schwartzman has the perfect amount of shit-eating smugness playing Gideon Graves. Celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year, can we get a commentary special of Chris Evans doing it in character as Lucas Lee please Edgar Wright?

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: Scott pulls a fast one on Todd Ingram and enter the Vegan Police.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: “Gelato isn’t vegan?

It’s milk and eggs, bitch. ” – Todd Ingram and the Vegan Police

DID YOU KNOW: Edgar Wright has stated the movie was done in the style of a Musical, but instead of the characters breaking into song and dance, they break into a fight. The battle between Scott Pilgrim and Matthew Patel is done in the style of a Bollywood fight scene.

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