Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a movie based on a comic book with the same name. The movie stars Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers (Scott’s love interest). Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) directed the film.
Although the movie is based on a comic book, its quirky references to old video games made it a stand-out.
While following the adventures of Scott Pilgrim as he fights the evil of his girlfriend Ramona Flowers, he is often showed referencing his capabilities and movements from old video games. Even the fight scenes are based on video games. Credit Edgar Wright’s familiarity with the gaming culture and his ability to reference games smoothly. It’s actually not surprising considering his other movie homage, Shaun of the Dead.
Unfortunately, the mere fact that it’s homage to old video games and comic books has limited its appeal. Those who grew up watching the evolution of video games will definitely enjoy the movie and fans of the comic book series will never leave the theater disappointed.
Those unfamiliar with any of these two will just see a dizzying display of graphics that doesn’t seem to make sense outside the gaming world.
Performance wise, Michael Cera has practically perfected the awkward-teen-guy persona because of his past roles that are almost the same. The only exception with this movie is he gets to punch with comic book references and power-ups just like in video games. The rest of the cast also plays the role well but don’t expect powerful performances because it’s just a fun film to watch.