Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a cinematic masterpiece


Dylan Barbeau, Features Writer

Adaptations of comic books or graphic novels are more than plentiful in this post-MCU age of cinema; some might say they’re oversaturated. However, in the year 2010, Edgar Wright, the famed director of movies such as “Baby Driver” and “Shaun of the Dead,” directed a movie based on a graphic novel that is one of the most stylistically unique films I have ever seen. That film, set in the far-off land of Toronto, Canada, is “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.”

The movie follows Scott Pilgrim, played by Micheal Cera, as he meets Ramona Flowers, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. He fights her seven exes to be allowed to date her, one of which is played by Chris Evans. One of the movie’s biggest strengths is the visual style. The visuals take clear inspiration from graphic novels and video games, and it looks incredible. From text and graphics constantly on the screen to jingles from “The Legend of Zelda” in the background, I have not seen anything else that has tried replicating this style consistently.

Another strong point of the movie is the side characters. The seven exes are fun each in their own way. Julie, played by Aubrey Plaza, is one of the funniest characters in the movie, and there are many more. Of course, the best character in the whole movie is Wallace, Scott’s sassy gay roommate played by Kieran Culkin. He steals the show every time he’s onscreen, and is absolutely hilarious. Every character in this movie is likable to some degree.

As for problems, I don’t have any large issues with the movie. This movie is pretty good at everything, but if there was one issue, the effects can look wonky from time to time. It’s not as glaring as say “Thor: Love and Thunder,” but it’s still there and could be distracting if you focus on it too much. Also, I don’t really care for Scott too much. He’s serviceable as the protagonist, but he is probably the character I feel the least about compared to everyone else.

All in all, if you don’t like this film, that’s completely fine. All art is inherently subjective and is all up to the interpretation of the viewer. It’s just that I adore this movie due to its impeccable visual style and a great cast of side characters, but I will admit, it may not be for everyone.