There are certain films that stand out in time, that speak to a generation. Back to the Future, Clueless, The Breakfast Club, I hear that M*A*S*H* is one. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is now on that list.
It didn't get much hype. The trailer is kind of ho-hum. Michael Cera is starting to get a lot of backlash for always playing the same cowardly, awkward, wuss in everything. But this movie will rock your socks right out of the theater!
I never imagined a film could epitomize the "Life as a video game" concept so completely and so perfectly.
Not everyone will be able to fully appreciate the shear and total genius of this film but anyone who ever played Zelda or Super Mario as a kid is sure to get it right away.
Really four games should be considered prerequisites for Scott Pilgrim viewing. Two are the aforementioned games of the Zelda and Super Mario series'. The others are the games of the Marvel Vs. Capcom series and, the somewhat rare gem, Gitaroo Man (which I happen to own). In fact, the whole story is kind of a parallel to the Gitaroo Man story.
Honestly, everything in this movie is awesome. The story is expertly told, the characters are great, it's clever, it's fun, it's very funny, the music is kick-ass, there's a ton of cute girls, and Michael Cera is probably the least annoying he's ever been in anything.
The entire sequence with Brandon Routh (who nearly steals the movie) which also features a classic double cameo from Thomas Jane and Clifton Collins Jr is especially amazing. Here be a link to a music video with scenes from the movie.
I've been shouting this movie's praises from the mountain top since I've seen it and I have yet to meet anyone who fully believed me. I say to that: Fine, don't believe me, see for yourself. Scott Pilgrim truly is the perfect movie for anyone who has ever held a joystick.
Do I even need to say it? Underrated!