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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

An epic of epic epicness. 

Year: 2010 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Edgar Wright 
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans  
An image from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Review:

Scott Pilgrim is a sweet, simple, normal guy, much like the previous characters portrayed by Michael Cera (Juno, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist). Aged 23, his life is generally enjoyable with no major problems. No problems, that is, until he meets pink-haired Ramona Flowers (Winstead) at a party and falls in love with her. She may be as sweet as Scott but her history is far less smooth, with seven evil ex-boyfriends standing in the way of their relationship.

This film follows in the tradition of the Michael Cera films we have come to love: a simple enough plot brought to the heights of entertainment by strong characterisation and instant sympathy for out of his depth Scott. However, it departs from the rom-com style through its sheer kick-ass-ness. The evil ex-boyfriends come straight out of video games and superhero films and the fighting scenes do not disappoint.

Scott Pilgrim is the kind of rare pearl that belongs to no genre: it is not a simple spoof of superhero films and it is not a traditional rom-com. Most importantly, it does not try to be any other film. Simply enough, it does not take itself seriously and keeps the feel of its comic-book origins, using effects that you would normally only see in cartoons and in the 1966 Batman. Whilst clearly remaining in the tradition of Michael Cera films, it also draws on the strengths of director Edgar Wright's previous offerings (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) by playing on the massive differences between the two protagonists.

Ultimately, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the film to watch to wind down, reaching across the board through its unique mix of kick-ass and sweetness.

Pierre Schramm

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Screenings of this film:

2010/2011 Autumn Term (35mm)
2010/2011 Autumn Term (35mm)
2020/2021 Autumn Term (35mm)