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096: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Maximilian Rivera January 27, 2018

By Max Rivera | @MaxRiveraFilm

Premise: In order to win the girl of his dreams, Scott Pilgrim must defeat her seven evil exes.

​Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%


This week, Scott and I got to treat ourselves to a film that we both love — Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010). We’ve both seen this film quite a few times, so talking about it is easy and at some points sporadic. Yet we have a bunch of fun just talking about why we love this film.

Confession — when I first saw the Scott Pilgrim trailer, I wasn’t that interested. I had read some of the comics, and they never really grabbed me. I could see how they worked for people, but the character of Scott got on my nerves too much. When I finally watched the movie, I loved it — I think Michael Cera captures what he needs to from the source material, while also bringing in his awkward-dude charm. While Cera isn’t breaking into a new type of role here, he at least gets a bit more nuance than some of his more nerdy-awkward characters. He’s a bit of an asshole as Pilgrim, although he’s likable still.

If you’re familiar with Edgar Wright’s style and humor, you can guess what kind of movie this is. It’s slick and hyper at times, but somehow balances wit with an endearing story that plays to almost every cast member’s strengths. The editing, music, and funky effects and graphics tell a complete story using the best characteristics of film.

If we have any complaint with the movie, it’s that while Ramona Flowers hits all the Manic Pixie Dream Girl beats, she doesn’t ever feel fully realized. I’ve said before that I don’t think Wright is great at female characters, but a lot of the more minor characters in this film seem to breathe more characterization than Ramona — which is a shame, because Mary Elizabeth Winstead could easily handle a meatier role here.

Show notes:

  • ​0:00 Introductions
  • 2:00 What we’ve been watching
    • Love
    • Big Little Lies
    • The Americans
    • Chicken People
  • 12:55 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • 33:50 Box Office Details
  • 38:50 What else we could have watched
  • 45:30 Some of our favorite Scott Pilgrim moments

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.