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Rick's Review of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World!

Movie: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Actors: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jason Schwartzman, Chris Evans, Kieran Culkin, Brandon Routh, to name a few...
Director: Edgar Wright

It has been a few hours as of this writing since I have seen Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and I have had trouble describing what I have seen.  On one hand I have seen a fantastically funny romantic comedy.  On the other hand, I have seen what is a love letter to all kinds of video gaming between 1980 to 2000.  Ultimately, I think the best way to do any justice to this movie is to sum up how I feel about this movie in two words.

Indescribably awesome.

There are no words that exist in English, Spanish, Elvish, Entish or any other language that you can think of that will be able to accurately describe what my eyes were treated to on the big screen.  The amount of humor and nuance that was injected into this movie is only the beginning. The fact that for the most part, when music is played you see the music happening literally making sound.  When there is a specific sound effect, we are treated to the literal sound effect appearing on screen comic book style.  I am going to try extremely hard to not spoil as much as possible because the movie is best seen and experienced by knowing as little as possible and yet, being savvy about video games and random pop culture references.  I want to create the positive word of mouth about this movie because it really is that great.  What I am not going to do is talk about Michael Cera's performance in extreme detail because everyone else is and while yes, it still feels like he is doing the same performance in this movie that he does in othe movies, I could not help but still enjoy his performance as Scott Pilgrim regardless. 

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is based on Brian Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim books and you can see the amount of affection that director Edgar Wright has for the source material and it absolutely shows in every frame that exists in the piece of artistic genius that is this film.  It starts out calmly enough. Boy meets girl, boy becomes obsessed with girl, boy hooks up with girl, and then boy has to fight for his life when girl's seven evil exes with superpowers come to kill him.  Then the movie goes from very funny and kinda cute to absolutely and unequivocably insane. 

I love how when someone dies and turns into coins video game style, it's something of the norm in this world that exists in the movie.  I love that sound effects hang in the air long enough to be crashed through or waved away.  I love the seven evil exes, especially Brandon Routh as the superpowered vegan.  Routh has found a career post-Superman and I have yet to see him in something that I don't like (including Superman).  I love the balls out fight at the end and I especially love that this movie does not have resort to any kind of shaky cam of any kind!  Yes!  You can see the action! I love all the performances in this movie, especially Keiran Culkin as Scott's roomate.  He is easily one of the funniest characters that I have seen in a movie. I absolutely love the amount of nuance that has been poured into every frame of this movie because the in jokes to all aspects of geekdom are staggering.  There were some in jokes that I didn't even catch, like the mind control ring of Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon which was pointed out to me after the movie.  I think I need to see this again for sure.     

I think that the only thing that I don't like about this movie is the timing of release. Unfortunately this opened against the juggernaut called The Expendables and of the two, this is the better film and I do not want this movie to go quietly into the night.  Not at all.  If you have seen this movie and you loved it, please get the word out.  It deserves an audience.  The group I had the honor of seeing this movie with (with maybe the exception of one) was laughing hysterically at all the jokes and video game references that are abound in this movie.  That being said, see both movies.  Undoubtedly.  But see this one first because it really is one of the best movies of the summer and definitely one of my favorites of the year!

Final Rating: 5 out of 5!!  Highly, highly recommended!

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