Scott Pilgrim vs. His Cool T-Shirts

Scott: "Did you know that the original name of Pac-Man was Puck-Man?"

The Scott Pilgrim series is considered by many as one of the best graphic novels ever made. Unfortunately, even as a comic geek, I haven’t had the chance to read any of the books. They were on my ever growing list of graphic novels to buy/read. But I trimmed that list when I got into this business of being frugal, and the Scott Pilgrim titles were the first ones I crossed out. Luckily, I don’t have to get the comics because they made it into a film, and I have to say it’s the wackiest and coolest movie I’ve seen this year.

The story of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a familiar one: It’s about young love, where a boy falls madly in love with with a girl and will do anything to be with her. Except, however, in this movie, the ordeals of getting the girl isn’t so simple. In order to get Ramona Flowers, his love interest, Scott Pilgrim must defeat her seven evil exes first, in a duel combat similar to beat ’em up games like Street Fighter and Tekken. That’s where things start to get really wacky. But it doesn’t stop there.

This movie is heavily inspired by arcade games and early Nintendo games. So the film is really infused with lots of gaming references –lots and lots of it. Almost anything here has something to do with gaming, from band names, logos to names of places. Even the visuals and sound effects are from video games. So you’ll often see pixelated images (like a 1up or a health bar) randomly pop up on the screen. Don’t worry though, this won’t ruin the movie if you’re not a gamer. But you’ll definitely enjoy these tidbits if you are.

Scott Pilgrim, a movie that is built around comics and gaming, could’ve been a movie that was made just for me. But with all its cool effects, it failed to keep its center together. The plot wasn’t as tight as it should’ve been, and the fights weren’t as epic as it should’ve been. I don’t know if the writing was poor or the visuals were just too distracting. But I often found myself checking out Scott’s cool t-shirts instead of listening to the dialogue. Still, it’s a movie that you mustn’t miss for its wackiness and cool factor (and also Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

Score: B

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One Response to Scott Pilgrim vs. His Cool T-Shirts

  1. the scud says:

    oh. i loved this movie. the coolest film i saw last year. :-)

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