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Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

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  Scott Pilgrim Vs The World Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
 
Average Rating
6.75 /10
 
Starring
Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong
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Directed by: Edgar Wright
Written by: Michael Bacall, Edgar Wright Based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley

 
 
 
Released: 2010
   
Genre: ACTION
COMIC STRIP
ADVENTURE
ROMANCE
COMEDY
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 115
 
 


 
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As he did in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Wright immerses his heroes in pop culture's detritus and diversions, but doesn't drown them in it. You don't have to be dazzled or tickled by the movie, or get every joke, to be touched by it, too. So you've never played Virtual Fighter, or heard of Plumtree, and you don't dig on anime? No big. If Michael Cera can take down Superman, he'll have no problem with you.
(Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice)
Telephones spell out "Ring," and characters and situations burst with informational graphics. The screen breaks up into comic-book panels, and animated emoticons illustrate rapidly changing states.It's like the language of computer and video games mashed up with classic comic-book exclamations, all inflated by the drama of post-adolescence. A clever fantasy with a crafty sense of anarchy, Scott Pilgrim serves up a fresh take on geek love.
(Claudia Puig, USA Today)
Could easily have been a shallow exercise in arch cinematic posturing, but intelligent choices, a keen sense of how to use the bombastic without being used by it, as well as Ceraís turn at once again redefining hipness with his unassuming yet endearingly overwrought self-awareness, does more than make it work. It makes it cool as hell.
(Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is more clever and insightful than it initially appears to be, and that's its central strength. The filmmakers show not only an awareness of the underlying pop culture influences, but an affinity for them, and this is the quality that imbues Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with its spirit and drive. This is not the first time Wright has shown his understanding for such things, nor is this the first occasion in which he has displayed a strong sense of comedic timing, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World feels fresher and more inspired than his previous outings, and that makes it an excellent source of late-summer entertainment.
(James Berardinelli, Reelviews)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the triumph of the little guy over the big guy. The DIY kid vs. the media mogul, the indie comic that became the big Hollywood movie. It's been an exciting ride, and you can tell the people involved had fun getting it done. Why not buy a ticket and do the same?
(Jamie S. Rich, DVD Talk)
There are a few nagging complaints worth lodging both as a filmgoer and a fan of the comic books. Beyond Ramona getting sidelined during the final fight and some of the clunky dialogue, it's hard to judge whether anyone not versed in either video games or O'Malley's books is going to see the character material lurking underneath Wright's cinematic pyrotechnics, but that's exactly the kind of thing that will make future viewings rewarding. Even if it's pixelated, Scott Pilgrim has a heart, and a willingness to illustrate both the noble and evil things we can do to the people we care about that helps it smoothly avoid tired, "forget the past, the present is perfect" pratfalls like the Manic Pixie Dream Girl and heroes that "find themselves", and above all, that's why the movie packs a punch. "Continue?" never had so much meaning.
(Tyler Foster, DVD Talk
Maintaining great humor and a sense of the unexpected while efficiently navigating a dangerous, breakneck speed, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the reason we anticipate summer films every year and remember them so fondly. Rooted in familiar experience and characters, Scott Pilgrim intuitively addresses the extended adolescence of the post-college years. It's an explosively entertaining movie that is as memorable for its quiet but persistent heart as it is for its considerable spectacle.
(Casey Burchby, DVD Talk)
Edgar Wright is cinema's most inspired mash-up artist, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World may be his finest hybridization to date, a romantic comedy recast as a melee-heavy video game.
(Nick Schager, Slant Magazine)
A generational milestone.
(Katey Rich, CinemaBlend.com)
Flawless victory.
(Drew McWeeny, HitFix)
An ambitious, one-of-a-kind, fully-realized, smart, sensitive and satisfying work of cinema
(Todd Gilchrist, Cinematical)
An ambitious, wildly original action-comedy that could prove to be a game-changer for the comic book genre in the same way that James Cameronís Avatar was for 3-D.
(Jason Zingale, Bullz-Eye.com)
For its sheer sense of spectacle alone, Scott Pilgrim is a treat.
(Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic)
Another genius turn in Wright's career and filmography - destined to become a beloved classic among the under-30 ADD generation.
(Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net)
This is a great movie from a great filmmaker. And people turn into coins when defeated. If that's not a winning combination I don't know what is.
(Nick Nunziata, CHUD)
A total blast. A wild comic journey into the head of a true original.
(Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine)
Dazzling, energetic, sharp and endlessly engaging.
(James White, SFX Magazine)
Scott Pilgrim is a hilariously spectacular overload of everything 20-something and living in your parentís basement. Full of tasteful oddities and perfectly random quotes from action and anime, Scott Pilgrim manages to be full of nerd without having to include them in the movie. Scott, played by Michael Cera, is FINALLY not a sputtering, pathetic coward, and neither is his gay roommate, William, played by a forgotten but respectable Caulkin. Kieran, I think.
(Nathan Baker-Lutz, Film Monthly)
There's not one moment in the entire movie that isn't shot or edited from a "never quite seen that before" perspective.
(Jordan Hoffman, UGO)
A fizzy blast that may not offer many lasting rewards but certainly generates an impressive headlong rush along the way.
(Tim Grierson, Screen International)
Feels like the first movie aimed squarely at the gamer generation: those who have grown up with videogames as a fact of life and, in some cases, a reason for living.
(Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine)
Scott Pilgrim feels like Ghost World in its honouring of young people with spiky, interesting personalities. There are hints of Woody Allen in its navel-gazing. And thereís a dash of The Matrix in its sneaky affection for pyrotechnics. It could have been a noisy, flashy mess, but luckily itís got heart, which makes it feel fun and unique, and more like a lo-fi, endearing mess instead.
(Dave Calhoun, Time Out)
Cera has the sharpest comic timing of any actor on earth.
(Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph)
Some of us always knew playing video games was cool. Now, thanks to Scott Pilgrim, everyone else does too.
(Alex Zane, Sun)

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