Saturday, April 13, 2013

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

In December 2011, I found a copy of the first book of Scott Pilgrim, titled Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.  I decided to read all six books before I watched the movie.  The books are full of interesting characters, odd situations and plenty of video game references.

In short, the story consists of Scott Pilgrim, a 23 year old living in Canada who dates a high-schooler.  He has been seeing visions of a beautiful girl and finds that she is an American working for Amazon. She roller skates to deliver her packages which is rather inefficient if you think about it, and uses the subspace in Scott's head as a shortcut.

Scott introduces himself to her at a party. She tells him her name is Ramona Flowers and he later discovers that in order to be her boyfriend, he will have to defeat her seven evil exes.  This forms the basis of his adventures throughout the six books.

However, the director tried to cram all six books into one film. The result is a glorious mess. Since it's a six-part series, it should have been at least two or three movies. There is too much going on.

I am so glad I finished reading all the books because otherwise I would be so lost. There are far too many characters, too many odd situations, and all of the cute video games jokes and references are completely lost. The overall effect of the story, of one man overcoming incredible odds (like fighting hot twins and a half-ninja) disappear because everything is happening so fast.  There's not enough time in the film to properly introduce each evil ex, learn their backstory and what they mean to Ramona, and then have Scott fight them. Also the whole subplot about Ramona and Scott traveling through subspace is totally lost. Sure they travel at the end, but it is hardly explained.  If you want to watch this film, you are going to have to read the books, otherwise you literally will have no clue what is going on. I give this film a 3/10.

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