I was wondering how to review this movie and I thought, well why not wait till the last minute? Gird your loins everyone, Scott Pilgrim vs the World comes out in half an hour!
The minute the opening credits started, I thought about what I was dealing with. Was this a return to scratch film animation, or was this some how closely reproduced in a computer, with some heartfelt scratches and paint added in some new way. Did that matter? Then the movie started. What is up with Canada, I thought? It seemed like The Discrete Charm of the Hipster Bourgeoisie. But that quickly passed when the music animation began. Ghostly blended comic book stars and stripes representing one medium in another. The basic shapes were an interesting change from the usual abstract Apple visualizer or hippie trance that one often sees as “music art.”
And then came the first evil ex-boyfriend. What an effin’ awesome adventure. I haven’t read the books. I had no idea what was going to happen. Poor guy doesn’t know how to read emails, crashes at his gay best friends bachelor pad, and gets stalked by a Catholic Asian school girl who looks like she walked straight of your nearest EGL web comic.
Each increasingly awesome battle was separated by the introduction of the characters who dain to orbit about Michael Cera and his Punk chic girlfriend. Like *SPOILER* the crazy goth lesbian, the angry girl drummer, and my favorite, Aubrey Plaza from “Parks & Recreations.” Scott Pilgrim vs the World is a computer game, with a nod to ATARIs.