Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, directed by Edgar Wright, is a CRASH, SMAK, POW of a mashup of video game platforms and graphic twists, and yet stays the course towards finding genuine, battle-hardened love. This movie is visually outrageous; it’s like Yo Gabba Gabba for 20-year-olds nostalgic for yesteryear.
Kudos to Wright, whose matches on action and split-second cuts are spot on; the viewer goes on a "fickle, impulsive, spontaneous" ride and never gets left behind. Alongside Wright, Bill Pope, director of photography, provides the angles necessary to make the conflict both convincing and reminiscent of the viewer’s fighting game of choice. Also impressive is how Pope makes cold Toronto seem grungy but inviting and magical.
But how could a camera make the fight sequences look so good? Enter the incredible stunt coordinators: Brad Allan and Peng Zhang. Only they could make a TKO out of Guitar Hero-inspired battles of Kill Bill severity, with a dash of Pokémon quirkiness, set to the bold hues and fast-paced action of Speed Racer. Their stunt sequences even make Michael Cera look indomitable. I'm not usually a fan of Michael Cera's because he usually plays a one-dimensional character, but the editing is so well done that even his portrayal of Scott Pilgrim is fun, exciting, and proves to be a force to be reckoned with -- watch out Jet Li! There's a new action star on the rise!
Oh, and it's a love story as well. Actually, it's more of a teenage/post-adolescent romance with its fair share of drama, distress, daydreams, and nihilism. The supporting cast is great. There's a lot of talent on the roster who breathe life into the script. Are there cheesy moments? Yep. Is it surreal? Sure. Is it unexpectedly fresh and does it make you feel like unleashing some serious Star Power? Absolutely!
Anyway, to make a long story short, don't totally bail on this movie. You might just enjoy it. I would love to read the comments from the readers! Agree or disagree, your opinion matters.