Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) lives a fairly charmed life. He is 23 years old, belongs to an awesome rock band, and dates a high school girl (Ellen Wong). Everything feels perfect until he sees the new girl in town, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). She is unlike any girl Mr. Pilgrim has ever come across and he instantly falls in love. Little does he know that her seven evil ex partners have formed a league led by the infamous Gideon (Jason Schwartzman) that aims to destroy anyone Ramona dates.
This movie is like crack for nerds. It is completely awesome in every imaginable way, provided you are of a certain state of mind. The storyline is not as weak as pundits might lead you to believe, but that doesn’t really matter because the story line will be the least of your concerns when evaluating SP. The special effects are really like nothing that has been tried before. Scott and his girlfriend spend time at the arcade playing a game that can only be described as a hybrid of Dance Dance Revolution and Mortal Kombat. Every time our shaggy haired hero fights off an ex we witness a real life video game style battle complete with 1970’s era Batman thought bubbles. The whole movie is so surreal that it is hard to fully describe here in words. There are so many trippy elements to it that you each new special effect takes you by complete surprise.
Although the effects are what will amaze you, the actors and the storyline are not by any means middling. Brilliantly funny performances by Chris Evans and Brandon Routh as two of the evil exes and the re emergence of that “other” Culkin kid are just some of the things that make this film a winner. True, Michael Cera wielding an instrument as a nerdy, brooding, clumsy cute fool with a heart of gold has been done often in the past, but I am not sure that the shtick is played out yet.
SP is a fun time. You will smile and laugh. It is a must see film. Great performances, amazing effects, and a kick ass soundtrack will make this one more than worth your while.
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