Sunday, August 22, 2010

"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" [A-]

The unreality of Scott Pilgrim's world in many ways is actually more compelling than the unreality rendered in Inception. And it's just as well done. And more novel, with video game and pop culture references used in ways that have not been seen before and a sense of pacing and humor that just won't quit.

The script does a good job of taking us through the story of Scott's journey through the "league of seven evil exes", which is also a voyage through discovery of Ramona and himself. The acting and directing are suitably tongue-in-cheek, without be too cheeky. The special effects serve the story, rather than the other way around. And even though the entire film is about video game fighting, its climax doesn't fall into the action movie trap of depending on the repetitious raising of shoot-em-up heroics for the fate of the world. It all stays relevant and personal.

Definitely an awesome summer movie that deserves to be seen on the big screen, but will probably do better business on video.

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