Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in review

A cheesy movies attempts to be serious

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in review


Ever wanted to sit down and watch someone fight a bunch of weird exes on their way to securing a relationship in a video game type of setting?

Well I’m assuming most of you will say no, and I couldn’t agree with you any more.

Normally I’m a big fan of Michael Cera, after watching him star in movies like “Superbad” and “Juno.” However, this movie just didn’t make sense to me and Cera didn’t work as the main character.

He should be in films like “Superbad” that use his awkward personality to draw out humor rather than try to use it to teach viewers lessons about fighting for what you love, and having self-confidence.

It’s not that Cera isn’t a good actor, it’s just that his skill set wasn’t right for a movie like this one because he isn’t meant to play a serious person like he did.

Anyway, instead of ranting about what I felt was wrong with Scott Pilgrim’s adventure I should tell you what all went down and some of the good.

Scott Pilgrim, the main character who is played by Cera, is a 22-year-old guy who lives in Toronto and plays the bass guitar in a band otherwise known as Sex-Bob Omb.

Pilgrim explains in the movie he is between jobs at the time and is still getting over his ex-girlfriend of over a year named Envy Adams by dating a 17-year-old high schooler named Knives Chau.

Chao becomes obsessed with Scott over a few weeks but he doesn’t feel the same way because he recently met another girl named Ramona Flowers. Flowers seemed like the perfect girl in his eyes, but in reality she came with a ton of baggage.

Flowers has seven evil exes Pilgrim has to go through before he can date her. He takes up the challenge anyway despite not breaking up with his current girlfriend.

As Pilgrim begins taking on the exes the movie goes downhill and becomes repetitive real quick. Along with the repetitiveness you also feel like you are trapped in a video game as Pilgrim gains coins and lives for defeating each boyfriend.

Essentially you feel like you are jumping from level to level as Pilgrim takes on a new ex each round. Each ex has some sort of super power that comes along with them as well, making the fight even more strange.

During the movie you are introduced to Pilgrim’s gay roommate Wallace Wells whom he shares a bed with every night in a rundown apartment, but no one ever comments on the idea of it which oddly was one of the funnier recurring pieces of the movie.

You also become acquainted with Stacey Pilgrim, Scott’s younger sister. The humor with her character is she knows immediately when something is going on in Scott’s life and will be on the phone calling in a heartbeat.

These two characters really bring out the rue Scott Pilgrim in my eyes: an immature, awkward musician who gets himself into terrible situations with the wrong type of people.

In the end Pilgrim has to find himself a way to get out an incredibly awkward mess after a whole lot more is dumped onto his plate involving Flowers and her baggage.

In essence “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is just a bad comedy movie that tried way too hard to be a love story, but didn’t work out.