I’ve been a fan of Michael Cera since I first saw him on screen in Superbad way back in 2007. Then again in Juno at the end of 2007. So, when Scott Pilgrim vs. the World came out in 2010 I had to see it immediately. It has since sat atop the list of my favorite movies of all time.
I remember loving it when it first came out because I had never seen anything like that on-screen before. To this day, I still haven’t seen much that’s come close.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a mix of a comic book movie, with comic book sensibilities, clashing with a crazy musical and comedy flick. It utilizes odd jump cuts to pass time and add to the comedic element.
Scott Pilgrim is directed by the legendary Edgar Wright, so that might help a few cinephiles understand a little better how unique this film is.
It’s packed with some serious star power too. You have the aforementioned Michael Cera in the lead role of Scott Pilgrim, but there’s also Kieran Caulkin, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Allison Pill, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jason Schwartzman, Ellen Wong, Will Bowes, Nelson Frank, Brie Larson, and Chris Evans.
Those are all pretty big names, and if you don’t recognize their names, you probably would recognize their face.
Anyway, Scott Pilgrim is about the main character Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) trying to get over his lost love (Brie Larson) with a high school girl (Ellen Wong). Then he meets Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and embarks on defeating her 7 evil exes in order to earn the right to date her.
I could see a lot of people being immediately turned off by the style of the movie simply because it is so odd and unique, but it is amazing if you give it a chance. There is some great awkward humor and some jokes that are pretty subtle. Then there is a joke about how vegans have superpowers simply because they’re better people.
Scott Pilgrim learns some really important life lessons along the way, and I think this film needs to get a good analysis article at some point because it is packed with wonderful life lessons that could be extremely beneficial from a psychological or Jungian perspective.
Though Scott Pilgrim may not be everyone’s cup of tea, nobody can deny the importance of life lessons it offers.
Throughout the film we see Scott as a very passive character that is only participating because of his infatuation with a girl. This eventually evolves into love, but love alone does not help him climb the mountain of evil exes. He has to learn to self respect to attain victory. Self respect also helps him gain a true value of friendship and care for others. Accomplishing hard tasks to have a consistent lay ends up being a very poor justification. Scott learns to value himself; the ultimate power every individual must utilize.