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"Scott Pilgrim": Ultimate Movie

By Laura Brack in Arts & Culture


"Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Imagine your perfect movie. There’s action. Adventure. Tears. Funny moments. Quotable lines. Romance. And, of course, there are sick jams. Movies with all of those things are common; movies with all those things that are actually good are far rarer. But there is one movie - the ultimate movie - with all those things and more. If you’ve seen it, you know how good it is, and if you haven’t, I’m about to change your life.

“Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” is the story of Scott Pilgrim, a lazy, selfish, jobless 22-year-old Canadian in a terrible band called Sex Bob-Omb. When he meets Ramona Flowers, the cool, beautiful, American delivery girl, he’ll do anything to win her heart. The problem? Well, for one thing, Scott already has a girlfriend: 17-year-old high school student Knives Chau. The other problem is Ramona’s Seven Evil Exes - if Scott wants to date her, he must defeat them in combat.

And the combat is awesome. Though most of the exes are one scene wonders, they all manage to make an impression with the small amounts of time they’re given. They also have their own distinct fighting styles - some fight physically, and some use magic powers. Combine that with the fact that the “Scott Pilgrim” universe is basically a giant video game, complete with power-ups and rewards for success, and the result is never getting bored.

Plus, this movie is hilarious, and it’s worth re-watching just so you can catch all the super-fast gags. The first time around, you’ll get all the major quotable lines and references - and oh, are there ever quotable lines and references! After your second time around, however, you’ll start noticing jokes that are so quick you almost have to pause to see them.

However, “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” is not without its serious moments. When you’re a lazy, selfish, jobless 22-year-old trying to fight his way through seven evil exes while also dating a high schooler, reality kind of bites, and the movie doesn’t shy away from that - Scott’s actions and choices have actual consequences that affect the plot and how the other characters perceive him. “Scott Pilgrim” easily could’ve been a stupid action rom-com without much substance, but there are scenes that are genuinely sad.

And the music - the music. The score itself is pretty sweet - when your movie starts with the Universal Studios theme in glorious 8-bit, you know you’re in for something good - and so is the soundtrack. In-universe, Sex Bob-Omb is a terrible band; in the real world, they’re great. The cast of the film learned to play their instruments for the movie, and so while the result isn’t the cleanest, it’s really earnest and really fun to listen to.

So overall, if you’re looking for a movie that’s pretty much perfect in every way, check out “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”. It has anything you could ever want in a movie and more, and if you haven’t seen it already, you’re missing out.

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