Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

image from the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

image from the film SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD

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Scott Pilgrim is a pretty average slacker—in an indie band, a little reserved, weighs about 120 sopping wet. But when he falls for Ramona Flowers, the beautiful purple-haired skater girl literally of his dreams, he discovers he must battle her seven evil exes to win her heart.

Based on the anime-inspired graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley, and directed by Edgar Wright, Pilgrim gleefully indulges in the fantasy of being average one minute and a super-fighter straight out of a video game the next.

“The fights are as much like musical numbers as standard action sequences, and they give Mr. Wright the chance to expand the kinetic visual wit that made his earlier genre spoofs—Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz—such crazy fun. There is plenty of that in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World—fast cuts, off-kilter puns, sight gags and sound effects in such profusion that you may want to see it again as soon as its over. But underneath is a disarming sincerity and a remarkable willingness to acknowledge ambivalence, self-doubt, hurt feelings and all the other complications of youth. At the end, the movie comes home to the well-known territory of the coming-of-age story, with an account of lessons learned and conflicts resolved. But you’ll swear you’ve never seen anything like it before.” (NY Times)