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Scott Pilgrim vs The World: Blu Ray Review


Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Rating: M
Released by Universal Home Ent

Based on the comic book series of the same name, Michael Cera stars as Scott Pilgrim, a slightly loserish 22 year old who's directionless and a bit aimless - and devastated after splitting (read: dumped) from his girlfriend a year ago.

So when he meets Ramona Flowers, a hipster girl (Winstead), he's desperate to win her heart.

However, what Scott doesn't realize is that this girl comes with some serious baggage - seven exes who will kill Scott rather than let him steal her heart.

Throw into that mix the fact Scott's band Sex Bob-omb are competing for a contract and the boy's certainly got a lot to deal with.

The tone is set right at the beginning of this film - with the Universal logo being given an 80s style gaming makeover, Scott Pilgrim wears its geek openly - and proudly - on its sleeve.

Cera is pitch perfect as the main character - with his deadpanning delivery and timing, he's instantly engaging and incredibly amusing (although some may argue he's not stretching his career by playing a variant of every other role he's ever done) - but honestly, he will win you over - and not just with the impressive fight scenes where he comes alive (you would really never peg him as an action hero).

But all of the cast are great in this - Winstead brings warmth to her role as Flowers - and Routh, Schwartzmann, Chris Evans really deliver as part of the evil ex brigade - but it's the initial Bollywood style fight of Satya Bhabha's Matthew Patel which is just genius

Eschewing pop culture references left right and centre, this comic book gaming cross over is a real treat from Edgar Wright (the genius who was part of the Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz UK comedies) - it's hard to describe exactly how it takes the worlds of both the comics and 80s style fight games and brings them to life.

Once again, Edgar Wright's demonstrated why he's one of the coolest most inventive and visionary directors in the business - the energy which is liberally sprinkled all over this film stop it ever hitting a lull.

Scott Pilgrim is effortlessly cool and endlessly entertaining - go, get your geek on.

Rating: 8/10


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