. . . an in-your-face sucker-punching 8-bit battle arena for your eyes! This is not only the best video game-esque movie I've ever seen, but the most rock'en and righteous teen comedy since Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Scott Pilgrim is an ordinary fellow from Canada. Toronto, Canada. He's a rocker. He's a lover. All he doesn't have is a contract deal with his band, The Sex Bob-Ombs. He also shares a pad with his openly promiscuous gay roommate, Wallace, who is eager to move Scott out, but still willing to lend a voice of reason when needed. No amount of reason will convince Scott to change his mind, however, when he beholds the lovely and aloof Ramona Flowers. Scott is smitten. He'll do anything, like break the heart of his teenage girlfriend, to be with her. Unfortunately for Scott, love is going to hurt him - bad. Ramona's baggage is trying to kill him every five minutes! If he wants to keep Ramona, he must fight - no - defeat her Seven Evil Exs . . . to the death! Does Scott have what it takes to knock some sense into these spawn from the deepest, darkest "dumped" pit in hell, or will he amount to a scattered pile of chump change?
Acting - while the script may be lacking and punny at times, the line delivery makes this film most enjoyable. Appropriately over-the-top and hilariously ADHD, all players do their job right. This is Michael Cera's best role, in my opinion, though Johnny Simmons looks more like (and would have done a better job at portraying) Scott Pilgrim. Cera's geeky voice is fun to mock.
Visuals - 8-bit heaven, blended nicely with impressive live-action fight sequences. At times cartoony, but nonetheless fun and done with meaning - plenty of neat interpretive scenes, too.
Inventiveness - this film deserves to be seen and recognized for both its attempts and successes at being unique and inventive. When a foe is defeated, they turn into spare change. Genius!
Comedy - there's always a laugh or a chuckle every minute. Vegan Police - classic!
Story - the story wasn't terrible, but its length was. This film could have done its job at 90 minutes instead of 112. This is weird for me to say, because I love long movies. Makes me feel like I'm getting more for my buck, but in this case, I'll make an exception. Everything is overtly drawn out, leading up to the first evil ex. There are insanely fast-paced moments, followed by slug-slow drag-a-longs. It's as if this film can't decide if it's a parody on 80's video games, a sitcom, or an instruction flick on how to be emo. They should have played more on the video game aspect. That's what it sold me as, and the product did not fully deliver as advertised.
While this isn't the greatest film you will ever see, it's certainly your best entertainment choice for this slow month of August. Behold. A cult classic is born. Enjoy it while you can, since the majority of audiences decided they were too cool to pass this up during it's first weekend.
Interesting notes (that interested me):
Lucas Lee is played by Chris Evans, who has been cast to play Captain America.
Roxy Richter is played by Mae Whitman, who did the voice of Katara for the hit animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender (not to be confused by that odd-awful movie adaptation).
Todd Ingram is played by Brandon Routh, formerly known as Superman.