Scott Pilgrim vs The World: A Review

A review of Scott Pilgrim vs The World that will not guaruntee no spoilers though it probably is spoiler free :D

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By Boekelaar - 8/12/2010
This is only my second review of a film. My first was for Kick-ass and like my Kick-ass review the tales share similar elements...

My best friend (CBM's own TC) and I boarded a train heading upwards on the map, our destination you ask? The dreaded, poorly thought of and junkie filled city of Frankston. A town so deprived of moral sensibilities that towns worse then it make fun of it. It's not really that bad, but who wants to be different? So naturally I join in on the rumours and spread my own. But I digress. I met TC in the second carriage, he was tired after a night of shenanigans, we grunted at each other for I too was tired, due to having my heart ripped out by some she-devil but I'm getting a bit too Dr. Phil-ish, and these grunts were reciprocated by one another and I sat down. We sat their in silence fully expecting awesomeness to be with us in the next hour or so.

Arriving at the theatre we purchased our tickets, left and brought a belated breakfast, then re-entered the cinema and were ushered in by some 20-something who was wondering where life had gone wrong. It was truly a joyous occasion for all. The pre-movie quiz begun and we shouted out answers about Tarantino, Burton and even Emilio Estevez. If anyone had any illusions as to our nerdism they were soon reassured that we were in fact massive nerds. As the trailers begun we prayed that we didn't have to endure the Wall Street 2 trailer again, thankfully our prayers were answered though we did get one for Zac Efron but a worthy sacrifice to see the first session of Scott Pilgrim on its opening day.

And then it happened...

1 hour and 57 minutes of pure awesomeness.

This is how I can prove that it's awesome...the Universal logo at the start of the film was done arcade style with polyphonic music and a pixelated Earth. Nuff said.

I really don't want to wreck much more than that, I liked it better than the over hyped Inception. Inception was good and all but it was hardly groundbreaking, Scott Pilgrim on the other hand is groundbreaking in my opinion. Finally video games have been translated accurately to the big screen.

Now for all those like me who have read the source material I can proudly say that this adaptation is up there with Watchmen and Kick-ass. Certain things were changed, like things that don’t translate well from the page to the screen. But they are 100% forgivable. The time frame is a bit different but once again it's necessary. The ending, like Watchmen, differs in aspects but you can't get mad as when this film went into production the last volume hadn't been released. It's quite similar, though for a second or two I had thought they'd stuffed it up and I actually begun to panic as it would have wrecked what was otherwise a brilliant film.

As for the cast absolutely everybody delivers. Beforehand I feared that there had been miscasts, like Cera as Scott Pilgrim and Brie Larson as Envy. But these fears were quickly diminished. Cera was not his type-cast self but actually brought to the table what the character needed to be on film. Kieran Culkin is really, really good. He's funny and charming and plays his character so straight when lesser actors would have cracked. My crush on Mary Elizabeth Winstead has just grown, the images of her in her underwear have been burned into my brain and will hopefully stay there forever. And as for our CBM heroes Routh and Evans they are just fantastic and it's really fun seeing these big names in smaller roles.

When the movie finishes you really feel a sense of joy, you really do feel for these characters. And because it's such a faithful and awesome comic book movie you feel proud. You just want to get into the faces of movies like Batman Forever and Ghost Rider and scream 'That's how you do it!". If I hadn't been so tired and worn out I would have skipped out of the theatre doing fist pumps. So what I'm trying to say is go see it, because this is the type of CBM that needs our support. We want the studios to make them like this and not like Jonah Hex.

Go see it.

You will love it.

Visually (I think I forgot to mention that, the effects and transitions, and just everything is so bloody good) and comedically stunning.

Edgar Wright is a genius.

10/10 rating for this one just because I love both Wright and the series.

Cheers,

Benjamin Boekelaar :D
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LEEE777 - 8/12/2010, 9:38 AM
10 OUTTA 10, Damn @ Boekelaar, its gotta be good! ; )

Bout time we got decent cbm's like this, WATCHMEN, KICK ASS, instead of watered down crap like X-MEN etc!

Awesome review man, thumbs up!

Hopefully HOLLYWOOD will wake up and make more QUALITY like this than QUANTITY and crappy reboots/remakes etc!
starscream4president - 8/12/2010, 12:46 PM
Woaw! We talking Dark Knight level now.
paulyd3 - 8/12/2010, 1:02 PM
Sorry being an Marine and body builder, I cant get past Cera's tooth pick arms, this guy couldnt fight his way otta a paper bag. Even the Kick ass actor had some kind of believability, he wasnt a complete wuss toothpick. liz winstead is a total fox even with her blue hair.
Hawksblueyes - 8/12/2010, 1:03 PM
Love the way you write.
comicb00kguy - 8/12/2010, 1:16 PM
This looks like a really fun movie, and I certainly plan to go see it next week (Monday-Thursday are $5 to get in, versus $10 for the weekend and trying to squeeze five quarters out of every dollar, you do the math)

This was a fun review. Hope to see you contribute some more.
Draximos - 8/12/2010, 1:41 PM
Wow man; thanks for the awesome review! I'm very much looking forward to this!
Ranger14 - 8/12/2010, 2:11 PM
It still will remain on my 'rental only" list. The overall concept is just too ridiculously over-the-top for me....Cera kicking anyone's butt....has to beat 7 evil exes....just not doing it for me.
Kyos - 8/12/2010, 2:33 PM
Great review! :D I'm really exited about this movie, hopefully I'll like it as much as you did.

Well, each trailer alone was a better Street Fighter movie than all the actual Street Fighter movies combined, so... ;)
antonio - 8/12/2010, 3:56 PM
saw a special screening of the film.crap.was funnier then kick-ass though.4/10.cant wait for expendables.that will be bad-ass!!!!!!!!
antonio - 8/12/2010, 4:22 PM
so yeah,i agree@grif
killzonev2 - 8/12/2010, 4:44 PM
am i the only person really just not excited for this movie?
antonio - 8/12/2010, 5:27 PM
@killzone,i was excited 4 it,until i saw it.......def dont recomend.at all as a matter of fact.
Christuffer - 8/12/2010, 7:09 PM
JIZZ JIZZ JIZZ
Tc - 8/13/2010, 12:11 AM
I loved it :D
lalosuper3001 - 8/13/2010, 11:01 AM
Grif answered Logan's question to me in private, so i will share with all of you in private also:
His fave movie: Bloodrayne I and II.
his fave comic book movie: Batman and Robin
His fave comics: Sailor Moon
his fave girls: Asian, with blue hair, and a small penis so he feels like a REAL macho man.
skot888 - 8/13/2010, 12:31 PM
@Antonio

Your Opinions have now become invalid, nothing you ever say from this point on will hold any merit. Scott Pilgrim was amazing. You sir have crap taste.
Matador - 8/13/2010, 1:30 PM
paulyd3 @ Sure Cera can't fight out of wet paperbag. But that's what makes this movie a COMEDY which by all means laugh at it. That is if they let Marines laugh.

Will be checking out this flick on Sat. a must but first things first Expendables must be watched.
TForbes - 8/13/2010, 1:46 PM
hey, im just wondering, can anybody who's seen the movie tell me if honest ed's is featured in the movie? im just curious.
thetrubatman14 - 8/13/2010, 2:26 PM
it was a good movie but not no 10/10 i say a 8/10
go see it!
thetrubatman14 - 8/13/2010, 2:27 PM
kick ass was 9/10 jsut for your info =)
CBArtist - 8/13/2010, 2:58 PM
Just saw it...Well...it was a cute fun flick. Worth a rental, but not theatre prices.
mybusiness - 8/13/2010, 4:39 PM
As soon as I read this article I didn't even have to see the pathetic flag to realise it was written by a rather simple American.

Its the pathetic sayings that get me " 1 hour and 57 minutes of pure awesomeness."

The actor who plays Scott Pilgrim (I cant even be bothered to look up the pathetic [foo foo]'s name) is the biggest tosser ever to waste a very large space on a screen and a guarantee you I SHALL NOT be watching this film.
mybusiness - 8/13/2010, 4:44 PM
Hey but if you'd like to discuss, please add me on facebook my name is Matthew Saunders and we shall chat about it there
Boekelaar - 8/14/2010, 12:10 AM
@mybusiness

I'm Australian not american, the source says Australian Multiplex Cinemas.

@marcolanni

I have a life, it involves comics :D

@everyone else

cheers for the good comments. go see it. If you've read the comics you'll love it and if you havent read it you should love it anyway :D
mybusiness - 8/14/2010, 4:46 AM
Well it just goes to show how much the Australians are just a bunch of sheep to the American fools they want to be like.
thefooky - 8/14/2010, 7:52 AM
As a boy growing up on Zelda and all that is pulp/pop culture, I loved this movie.
Tc - 8/14/2010, 10:34 AM
@mybusiness Why do you bother coming onto CBM (used to be a nice community) and be a D*** about someones opinion and then bag Australians. Its not warranted and unless you want to offer some constructive criticism don't bother saying anything at all.
mybusiness - 8/14/2010, 3:52 PM
Like I said any issues don't give it on here contact me on facebook then as you've pissed me off big time.

Name is Matthew Saunders add me and we'll chat
Boekelaar - 8/15/2010, 1:46 AM
@mybusiness I'm not gonna add you on facebook because then it would list you as my 'friend'. Piss off. I don't care if you don't like my review or didn't like the film but don't be an asshole.

@WittySupername Cheers mate, you seem like one of the good ones on here :D
Tc - 8/16/2010, 5:55 AM
@ marcolanni

What does being a Nerd have to do with anything? Im proud of the fact that im a nerd and i can garentee most people here are proud that they are nerds too.
Ryden - 9/10/2010, 12:29 AM
@@pauly- That's the point, Scott Pilgrim isn't supposed to be the best fighter in the world...it's all done through his eyes, it's just a day dream really. So in his head he can fight, I think you missed the point of this movie entirley.

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