This summer was a great season for nerdy movies and the king of them all is without a doubt Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. If you were a child of the 80s, grew up playing Legend of Zelda, and love great music and offbeat humor than this movie is completely perfect for you.
The plot is fun and packed with a ton of really cute nerdy/hunky boys to drool over (hello I’ve been in love with Jason Schwartzman since Rushmore. The humor is pretty dry and random, which can understandably turn some people off. A lot of scenes are just like having a normal, silly conversation with your friends, which makes the movie comfortable and easy to get into, but can also sometimes feel a bit slow. The action scenes, however are surprisingly high-tech. I was expecting low-budget silliness, but it really looks and feels like these normal kids are living in a video game. The soundtrack is really one of the greatest I’ve heard in a while. Besides a lot of awesome indie covers and originals, the score is completed by random video games sounds, and even a bit of the Seinfeld opening theme.
One of my favorite things about the movie though is the cast, there are many unknowns and some familiar faces, but what I like is that everyone looks so normal. People look like the age they are playing (no 35 year olds pretending to be high school students.) Everyone looks like someone you could run into on the street or be friends with. I think that is one of the reasons why this movie lets you feel so comfortable in it. You never question why Michael Cera has super flying strength or why these random dudes can shoot fire balls. It’s just a matter of the game. One of my favorite character’s was Roxie, one of Ramona’s evil exes, she is cute, a little on the plus side, acts like the perfect mini boss, and has one of the greatest lines in the movies.
Any if you’re in the mood to spend ten bucks to have a little fun, and live out your video game fantasies, I definitely recommend it!