”Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” reviews seem to agree: the hyper-stylized comic book and video game world is a hoot. It’s a world with which veteran video game players – particularly fans of fighters like “Street Fighter” – are well familiar. The augmented or artificial reality of “Scott Pilgrim” tends to sit well with those critics who found something of value within the ultra-violent comic book film “Kick Ass”. Reviews of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” have largely been more good, nevertheless.
’Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ reviews trumpet the wild mix
New artistic forms are born from the fusion of a dizzying array of popular influences in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”. Young musician and professional slacker Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is looking for true love. He finds it in delivery girl Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), but there’s a problem – seven problems, to be specific. Scott must take down Ramon’s exes before he can “win” her love. It’s a simplistic plot ripped straight from a video game, and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” pays constant tribute to such games, comics, television shows and other pop-culture artifice in a dizzying fusion. Plot is secondary to the visual style. “Enjoy the ride” appears to be the mantra of critics with good things to say about Pilgrim’s progress.
Review fusion for the Pilgrim in you
The New York Daily News loves the visual flair of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”. It’s a surreal mix that Film.com rightly tabs and on-the-mark for its intended audience of 20-somethings. The nerdiness of Scott Pilgrim himself is also quite appropriate to the video game loving nerdfest mix, says the L.A. Times.
What matters is getting there, not where ‘there’ is
Scott Pilgrim rocks on, and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” reviews generally seem to understand the film. ”It’s the playing that matters,” not who wins the skirmish of exes, says the Los Angeles Times reviewer. The New York Post is one of few major reviewers who don’t feel that’s enough, however. Their review points to a self-satisfied animism. But maybe that misses the point. ”All games, no joystick” is the Post’s verdict, yet judging by box office receipts, people are lining up to play.
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