Aug 222010
Authors: Jason Berlinberg

After first hearing about “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,” I wrote it off as another lame quirky comedy to plague up the cinemas. Don’t make the same mistake that I did, or you’ll miss out on a hilarious movie.

Scott Pilgrim, played by Michael Cera, is a run-of-the-mill nerd looking to begin a relationship with Ramona Flowers, “the girl of his dreams.” The problem is that Ramona has baggage. Seven evil exes from her past decide to form a league of villains to deter Scott from basking in the glory of Ramona’s love.

Throughout the film, Scott battles the exes in a series of fight scenes along the lines of a mix between Street Fighter and Mario. They play out a lot cooler than they sound, although watching seven fight scenes may feel a little stale for some people.

As the lead role, Cera essentially plays the same role that he does in all his movies. Some people hate his acting and consider him whiny and annoying, but I’ve never had a problem with him and still don’t after this one.

If not for “Inception,” this would be the most inventive movie to come out this summer. Director Edgar Wright and writer Bryan Lee O’Malley perfectly adapt this once graphic novel to the big screen without losing anything in the translation.

The movie has an unmistakable comic book feel, with fluid, vibrant colors and word captions popping on and off the screen.

Don’t let the apparent strangeness of “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” scare you because you’ll miss out on easily the funniest movie that has come out this summer.

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