Sunday, September 16, 2018

Tip#1112: 8 Reasons Why I Love Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

I recently watched Scott Pilgrim vs. The World for the first time in years and had forgotten how wildly entertaining, fun, clever and inventive this movie was! It is so packed full of witty dialogue, awesome movie stars and brilliant scenes that I wondered why this wasn’t one of my favourite films of all time! So I made a list of why I loved this movie and to see how many people out there felt the same way.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) is an action comedy film based on the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O'Malley about Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), a slacker musician, who must battle the seven evil exes of his newest girlfriend Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

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1. The Best Unexpected Superhero Film

The film starts out as a fun slacker comedy but then unexpected moments unleashed mild-mannered characters into their kick-ass superhero personas! Their transformations still surprised me after all these years especially when… okay no spoilers if you haven’t seen yet!

2. All the Awesome Movie Stars in It

Check out this cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman and more! Wow!!! This film was the first time I’d seen Brie Larson and it was years before she’d win a Best Actress Oscar and then become Captain Marvel. Chris Evans was also just a year away from becoming Captain America. It was also cool to see Brandon Routh in white hair after playing Superman.

3. Filmed in Toronto as Toronto

Since Toronto is my home town it excited me to see so many recognizable locations throughout the entire movie. And now years later the film has become a historical archive because the beloved Honest Ed’s has since been torn down, Lee’s Palace has changed and the Second Cup location (that I used to go to regularly) is no longer there at Queen St. West and Augusta Ave. Here are some visible locations:

Casa Loma
Pizza Pizza
Honest Ed’s
Sonic Boom 
Lee’s Palace
Goodwill Store
Second Cup
TTC buses
Read more: Reel Toronto

4. The Great Songs

This film is filled with a mix of classic rock, alternative rock, indie, garage and post-punk some of which are performed by the actors themselves. The highlights for me were written by Beck performed by Sex Bob-omb in the film. Beck also wrote the short ditty called “Ramona" that Michael Cera sang. And my favourite song was "Black Sheep” by the band The Clash at Demonhead with Brie Larson singing vocals.

5. Lots of Marvel & DC Superhero Actors in It

Brie Larson - Captain Marvel
Chris Evans - Human Torch & Captain America
Brandon Routh - Superman & The Atom
Thomas Jane - The Punisher
Aubrey Plaza - Lenore "Lenny” Busker (villain in Legion)
Michael Cera - Robin (voice in The LEGO Batman movie)
Mae Whitman - Batgirl (voice in DC Super Hero Girls)

6. Super Witty Dialogue & Director

I just loved the fun, hilarious dialogue like in one of my favourite lines about “the L word”. The film was co-written and directed by Edgar Wright who also did Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. If you’ve seen Baby Driver you'll see that Wright is a visionary filmmaker who made sure Scott Pilgrim has every frame brimming with creativity and wit! You could watch it over and over just to study the transitions, camera effects and performances. HIGHLY recommend you see this super fun cast discussion with Wright moderating: Scott Pilgrim panel, San Diego Comic-Con 2010

7. The Playful Life Lessons

I laughed when the film's life lessons were so blatantly, yet playfully declared by Scott. SPOILER ALERT! Here are other examples of the life lessons: Scott challenges the final evil ex to a fight for Ramona's affections, earning the "Power of Love" sword. Later Scott makes peace with his friends and challenges the evil ex again, this time for himself. He then gains the "Power of Self-Respect" sword.

8. My Crush on Ramona Flowers

I was immediately smitten with Ramona Flowers played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead! I loved how her hair looked in magenta, blue and green. She just looked hot! And when she finally kicks ass in the film she looked even hotter. Plus, since I see myself as a SCI FI/superhero movie geek, Ramona is truly a fanboy’s dream girl! Only thing is if I got to date her I know I’d have to battle her 7 evil ex’s!

How about you? Do you agree with my list? What would you add?

And if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend you do. It's highly entertaining on so many levels. And if you live in Toronto this is a must-see historical archive of places familiar to you. There are many reasons why I love movies and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is overflowing with some the reasons why cinema is so important to me. Hope you have favourite movies like this that you are wildly passionate about!

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