Double Feature: Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010)

What if life was like a video game? What kind of person would you be? What kind of powers would you learn?

Mind you, life would not be like Final Fantasy or Halo. These are video games the games play. Life would be exactly as you are living now, but a lot cooler. Would you have awesome musical powers? Would you be an amazing vegan with mental superpower and cool hair? Or would you be the ultimate bad guy that manipulates the game to gain everything only to fail when you get it all?  One thing is sure though, whatever you do, hang on to that extra life. You never know when you’re going to need it.

The movie Scott Pilgrim VS The World is based on such a concept. Video games are real life where bosses pop up at random and to get a girl you have to fight through their evil exes.  This is not based on fiction as we know it, but on reality as a video game character would know it.

With the movie itself, I wasn’t overly impressed. The quality was along the lines of Napoleon Dynamite as you followed Scott through his adventure. It did live up to its expectations though, with subtle effects to just barely give you the idea that something is not quite the same as real life. Well, for the most part.

I also found that as a character, Pilgrim is rather a jerk. He fights through 75 guys to get one girl who becomes utterly enthralled with him then dumps her after cheating on her. All through the movie, he cheats on her and doesn’t tell her it’s over until halfway through.

With 7 boss battles, each progressively harder than the last in true video game format, Pilgrim fights for the girl of his dreams. The boss battles themselves are interesting, Pilgrim shows surprising skill for how he looks. It should be noted that a lot of the comic books the movie is based off of are combined and a lot of information is left out. Even one of the characters is caught talking in the background, encouraging listeners to read the books for the full story. One useful tidbit of information left out is that Pilgrim was known in his school for being an outstanding fighter. Where he couldn’t win by skill, he won by outsmarting the opponent, as seen when he battles a vegan.  I suppose for this movie, you really would have to know the history with the comic to get the full scope of things.

I found Scott Pilgrim vs the World middle of the road, and not very impressive.  There’s nothing amazing, the characters are unlikable and a lot of the story is missing, though the fights are interesting.

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