I’ve decided to go back and watch a bunch of movies based on comic books. No real reason, just something I thought would be fun. This time it was the 2010 movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes critics: 82%
Rotten Tomatoes audience: 83%
My Rating: 9/10
I’ve watched this movie quite a few times, and I’m always surprised at how good it is. The acting is great, the comedy is spot on, and it’s easily one of the most quotable movies of the last decade.
For me, what really makes Scott Pilgrim so exceptional is that it’s purpose is to have fun, and it delivers. The movie is completely ridiculous, and knows it. Edgar Wright (the writer and director) compared it to a musical, but instead of breaking out into song, the characters have video game style fights. The humor plays a big part in this. The movie has a great combination of witty dialogue and sight gags. It subtly breaks the fourth wall at the perfect moments, and there’s an excellent combination of deadpan and animated jokes.
It’s really sad that this movie didn’t do better in theaters, because it’s fantastic. At the same time, I can understand why the movie didn’t have mass appeal. It was an independent film that was targeted towards people who played video games in the late 80s and early 90s. That’s a relatively small demographic. There are also a few scenes that are a bit confusing or tangential to the main story. Fortunately, those are few and far between.
Overall, this is one of my all-time favorite comedies, and a movie that I’ll watch over and over again.