Even when Michael Cera cheats on his girlfriend, he’s adorable. But then again, how can you stay mad at those big, brown puppy-dog eyes, that awkward stammer and all the other attributes that make Cera so lovable?
Even when Cera’s newest character, 22-year-old Scott Pilgrim, makes a blunder that leads him face-to-face with a girl’s “seven evil exes,” you can’t help but root for the kid.
Even when you know that Pilgrim cheated on 17-year-old high school-er Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) to win the heart of Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), the girl who can’t seem to get away from her past.
Following the vision of director Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a highly stylized film that follows the footsteps of comic books and video games alike. The colorful fighting sequences might as well have come out of Soul Calibur, or any other role-play fighting video game. At the same time, the movie includes a terrific indie and rock soundtrack, as Pilgrim is the lead bassist for a band called the Sex Bo-Omb.
Michael Bacall and Edgar Wright also did a fantastic job in adapting and condensing the screenplay from the graphic novels by Canadian cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley, especially when the movie’s filming process overlapped when the comic series was published.
From the snarky gay best friend Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin) to the clingy overexcited Asian girlfriend Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), the film’s characterization was also particularly entertaining. While Scott Pilgrim may be your average, awkward 22-year-old boy that lives with his gay best friend and is absolutely infatuated with the new girl Ramona Flowers (at the expense of his current girlfriend), the outrageous plotline and lovable characters make the film so enjoyable to watch.