It’s very difficult to say this film as an action, comedy, fantasy, or romance. Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” has its own genre, which is a video game movie. Because I don’t know what this movie was actually. Saying that this is a comedy film but also has a lot of references, pop culture, and retro video games. There are a thousand reasons and apparently, this is a definition of what post-modernism really is. Able to cover the entire volume of a comic written by Bryan Lee O’Malley, this is the most entertaining film of the year. There is a lot of fun in this film, regardless of which, the film was directed by Edgar Wright.
While the story has nothing special, the plot goes to a guy named Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim. He is a 22-year-old young man, the basis of a band called Sex Bob-Omb, and is also dating a Chinese high school girl, Ellen Wong as Knives Chae. Their relationship was initially pleasant until Scott met a girl who had always been in his dream, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers. Scott began to approach Ramona, eventually also interested in Scott. However, Scott’s struggle wasn’t easy because he had to defeat the league of seven evil exes. It’s a seven Ramona ex-lover.
There is a lot of fun factors in this movie. Just like the first opening sequence, the Universal logo in the style of 8-bit with 8-bit soundtrack; suddenly takes us with the sequence and the opening track from “Zelda: A Link to the Past”. It’s a movie for nerds but also non-nerds can watch it. Until the end, this film offers many full-color video game effects, fun, yet also entertaining. But, the movie gives us many influential from anime as well with comic book style. The video games effects are able to spoil the eye and be the right choice for gamers of course.
And if you watch Edgar Wright films such as “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”, this is actually a great movie when the director takes over everything. This film is able to provide entertainment with a variety of Wright’s trademark styles like exaggerated lighting, jump cut, quick cut, montage, with a dream-like vibe of sequence. If we review this film in-depth, maybe it’s ridiculous to say this is a perfect film. Yet, it’s an entertaining movie. We don’t really have a lot of detail to the antagonist and the romantic relationship between Scott and Ramona never made sense. Once again, there is nothing special but from there as well, this film is able to make it special from unique characters, comic relief, and various kinds of humor a la Edgar Wright.
The universe in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is like an NES 8-bit classic retro game. I can just say this movie is like a side-scrolling game. The single-player mode and player consist of Scott as a Mario and Ramona as a Princess Peach. Wright didn’t just adopt the comic like most of the live-action comic book adaptation films. He is able to make the comic, or manga, readers and also video game fans cheering up. The universe in this film is so wild and thick with the elements of video games, not forgetting many small details as well. The “versus” sound effect, the “kapow” or something like that. It’s like reading a moving comic or manga, the so-dramatic battles, the “level up” sound effect, and the “pee meter”.
Miraculously, Edgar Wright provides all the visual effects without wanting to impress “cheap”. Because in fact, this film focuses on being able to hypnotize viewers with eye-candy visual filmmaking in the style of video games and comics. Performance is so natural even a small sequence like the garbage can scene, Wright pays attention to everything. Although, there is a reason all the actors in this film are flat and innocent. Comical, visuals, pop culture references, unlimited level boundaries, interesting, and the chemistry between characters.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is essentially a teenage romance drama film but there is a lot of eye-candy and fun factors if you see it right away. The inner characters have their own personalities, have special powers and make them very unique. In terms of commercial, this film failed because I never knew what the film actually was when watching the trailer. Unique formula, special material, and fresh yet original.
4 out of 5 stars.