Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" (2010)
Stars: Michael Cera, Alison Pill, Jason Schwartzman
Director: Edgar Wright
Rated PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references.

Editor's Note: With the release of "Paul" in theaters this past weekend, BWP is celebrating all things Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, as well as Edgar Wright. Between now and Friday, we'll be reviewing their best movies and looking at what's ahead for these three English comedic geniuses. On Friday, we'll have our review of their latest movie, Paul, so stay tuned!

Once again, the ever-un-entertaining Justin Traviss interviews himself, in review of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Let's get this crap over with.

Interviewer: Justin Traviss here again, with a BWP exclusive interview. Our guest today is...Justin Traviss. Welcome Justin.

Justin: Umm. Yeah.

Interviewer: So how does it feel to be back for another exclusive interview with BWP?

Justin: Meh. I wish they would send a better interviewer.

Interviewer: Fair enough. So tell us about this movie you’re going to be reviewing for us today.

Justin: Nah, I’m good.

Interviewer: There’s a handsome five dollar bill in it for you.

Justin: Excellent. Well, today’s review is Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. An Edgar Wright flick.

Interviewer: (rolls eyes) Sounds like the makings of a classic.

Justin: Right? But it really is. I’ve seen the flick about 4 times now.

Interviewer: Want a prize?

Justin: Yes.

Interviewer: (begins hanging self with neck tie)

Justin: Anyways, where do you want me to start?

Interviewer: (removes tie) Direction, you fool. It is Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/ Nick Frost week!

Justin: Okay, well lets just say Edgar took the film in the...WRIGHT...direction here. Get it?

Interviewer: No. Elaborate.

Justin: (sigh) Well, when you have a movie that is designed to be hyper-active, and over-the-top, direction is a delicate thing. Too much, and the audience things its lame. Too little, and you lose the tone. Aplying all the Wright moves, Edgar paces and conceptualizes the piece perfectly.

Interviewer: Perfectly?


Interviewer: I see. And what about Simon Pegg and Nick Frost?

Justin: They aren’t in this film. But rumour has it they saw it. And undoubtedly enjoyed it!

Interviewer: That sounds fictitious. Tell me about the writing.

Justin: Well, its a lot like direction. It needs to be done in a very specific way to not be too campy. Otherwise, audiences won’t really relate to the over-the-top story, and will get lost and not give a flying fu-

Interviewer: REMINDER, Justin, this is a G-ish rated site. Or something.

Justin:...okay. Well writing also works. Even the song-writing was surprisingly good. As a non-fan of crap heavy in music i was pleasantly surprised by this part. Good stuff all around.

Interviewer: You seem to just run around saying everything is good. Please elaborate more on ‘why’ the music writing is good.

Justin: (sigh) Fine. Well its heavy on the bass and seems to get the blood pumping so you’re pumped to see the fist-pumping action of the epic fights yet-to-come.

Interviewer: I see. What about the acting. Were they pumping as much as the music was?

Justin: Yes. There was some hardcore actor-pumping in this film.

Interviewer: Excellent. If you could-

Justin: Michael Cera (not to be confused with Jesse Eisenberg, who is secretly the same actor) is delicious as he essentially plays the same guy he always plays. But with super powers.

Interviewer: Sounds lame.

Justin: It’s not. That’s why I give acting a 10 out of 10!

Interviewer: Is that the only reason?

Justin: Well, no, I did tell George Scott Pilgrim was better than Kick-Ass, so to maintain consistency, Scott Pilgrim needs a 10/10.

Interviewer: Seriously?

Justin: That’s a small part of it. The flick also earned it, as its one of the best, most fun flicks of the year. Perhaps of the decade!

Interviewer: How does it stack up against, say, Shaun of the Dead, or Hot Fuzz?

Justin: It doesn’t stack up AGAINST them, it stacks up WITH them.

Interviewer: Huh?

Justin: Well, clearly they are entirely different. Those two flicks are essentially farce-ish satires, whereas Scott Pilgrim is something entirely different. Plus, no Pegg or Frost. They are all Edgar Wright babies and should not be competing with each other.

Interviewer: Pretentious bastard. Okay, whatever. So, to recap, you’re saying Scott Pilgrim is all-around amazing, and everyone will love it?

Justin: Oh, no. Absolutely not. Scott Pilgrim IS amazing, but it’s geared towards a very specific audience. Probably the 16-35 crowd, with particular focus on mid-twenty-somethings.

Interviewer: Why?

Justin: Mainly video game references from the late 80s, and early 90s. The style is mirrored after this as well, which adds to the fun and excitement for us mid-20-somethings out there. We like movies too ya know Justin.

Interviewer: (sigh) Alright, it’s almost time to euthanize this interview before I lose my job. Anything else to add? BREIFLY? Like, 18 words or less?

Justin: See Scott Pilgrim. It’s an incredibly fun ride again and again, and there’s nothing like it out there.

Interviewer: Nothing?

Justin: Nothing.

Interviewer: Excellent. For BWP, I’m Justin Traviss, with the ever-long-winded Justin Traviss. Cheers.

George Prax: Interviewer Justin, Can I talk to you for a minute?

Interviewer: I guess.

George Prax: What’s the deal with these self-interviews?

Interviewer: They amuse me.

Interviewer: You know you’re the only one amused, right?

Interviewer: Yes. But since you don’t pay me, I’m cool with that.

George Prax: Fair enough. Just try to be funny next time, please? My name’s on this damn site too you know.

Interviewer: I don’t DO funny.

George Prax: Touche

Interviewer: (smiles at audience and courtesies) Fin.

George Prax: A courtesy? Really?

Interviewer: Shut up dude, I’m trying to end this thing. Cheerio 4 realz y’all!

Comments 3
George Prax's picture

haha nice one Justin. Even considering my Kick Ass score, I'm surprised you gave it a 10.

Justin Traviss's picture

It gives the wrong impression if Shaun of the Dead is a 9.5, Kick Ass is a 10, and I give this 8. Realistically tho, its probably between a 9 and a 10 on my usual scale. For what it tries to do, it does it pretty much perfectly. So. Yeah. 9-10.

Micheal Aldred's picture

I was quite surprised when I saw the score, but I'll have to check it out to make my own judgment, nonetheless, very entertaining.