Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Scott Pilgrim has to defeat seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to win his dream girl. The film’s universe is a mix of film and video games, and will probably appeal to many video game enthusiasts. However, it’s not really a film for children under the age of 15.
Scott Pilgrim is an unemployed 22 year old bassist in the loud garage band ”Sex Bob-omb”. He lives with a friend, and is still struggling to get over his ex-girlfriend dumping him and becoming a rock star. Currently, Scott is dating Knives, a 17 year old, however, he is not really committed to the relationship. One night, he dreams about an unknown girl, and, when he spots her at the library the next day, he falls head over heels in love.
In his somewhat clumsy way, Scott does what he can to get a date with the girl. He learns that her name is Ramona, and tries to impress her with his knowledge about the origins of Pac-Man. Finally, he manages to establish a relationship with her, but it turns out that she has several evil ex-boyfriends, who in turn challenge Scott to a fight to the death.
A series of spectacular battles in pure video game style follows, in which Scott must defeat increasingly difficult opposition from the "League of Evil Exes ", in order to prove himself worthy of Ramona’s love.
Quality and Theme
”Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” is an original film. Parts of the film are a conventional drama comedy, while other parts are filmed as a video game. This alternation between realistic depictions and outrageous fantasy sequences happen within the blink of an eye, and the characters relate to it as if it was the most natural thing in the world. At one moment Scott plays with his band – the next he is involved in a fight to the death, in pure "Mortal Kombat"-style. Those who watch the film, and who are not prepared for this, will probably need some time to grasp the film's premise, but, eventually, you’ll accept that the distinction between fantasy and reality is not taken too seriously in this film.
The film is well made, innovative in its use of graphics, and the characters have fresh and fun personalities. As well as this, the film is filled with quick wit and popular culture references. The film conveys a good message for a young audience. At the beginning of the film, Scott is dating two girls at the same time, and misleads himself and both the girls into believing that he is not doing anything morally wrong. Throughout the film, he has to pay for his mistakes, and he learns to be humble and respect the people around him.
”Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” has a 12A rating. Due to several violent fighting scenes and some strong effects, the film should not be seen by anyone under the age limit. However, even though the film can be seen by children from the age of 12, this isn’t really a film for young people. In order to understand several of the jokes and the popular cultural references, you must have reached a certain age, and you must have spent a lot of time in front of the computer and TV screen. It will, first and foremost, be video game enthusiasts in their 20s or 30s who have enough knowledge to understand and appreciate the many details and levels of communication that the filmmakers play with. For young people, several aspects of the film will be hard to understand, while the intense battle sequences are probably the ones that will be left in memory. For this reason, we advise parents to consider whether young people under the age of 15 should watch the film.
”Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is an original film that will appeal to adult ”geeks”. For others, this is a quite strange story that some will like, while some may prefer to see an ordinary super hero film. As mentioned above, the film can be seen by children from the age of 12, however, it might not be the most appropriate choice.
Director: Edgar Wright Genre: Action/Adventure/Comedy Actors: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, Alison Pill, Jason Schwartzman and more Language: English Nationality: USA Production Company: Universal, Marc Platt, Big Talk Films, Closed on Mondays Length: 1h 52 mins Production Year: 2010 Age Limit: 12A Suitability: Young People BBFC's Consumer Advice: Contains moderate violence, sex references and bleeped strong language
Our Assessment: OK