I’m going to be completely honest with you. I’ve seen this movie at least 50 times, and it never fails to put me in a good mood. The visuals, audio, transitions (especially the transitions), and pacing of the film all contribute to a pleasurable viewing experience.
My favorite aspect of the movie, however, is that despite the absurd world they live in, it is relatable and honest. A recurring theme in the film is the concept of “baggage” and how people deal with it differently. For example, the eponymous Pilgrim (Michael Cera) deals with his unresolved issues by simply ignoring and suppressing them, and, despite his friends’ vain attempts at pointing out that he keeps repeating the same mistakes, stays oblivious to his actions and the state he leaves the people he’s wronged in. Pilgrim does not have ulterior motives and generally isn’t a bad person, but his way of dealing with his problems are unhealthy, and it takes a lot of self-reflection throughout the movie before he finally realizes what he’s done. He starts to own up to his mistakes and admits that he was the problem all along, as he attempts to start amending his broken relationships.
Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Scott’s love interest, deals with her baggage by simply running away. Originally from America and now living in Pilgrim's hometown of Toronto, Canada, she states that she moved there to start a new life, and to get away from her haunting past of toxicity. But, she, like Pilgrim, realizes that she can’t keep running away from her problems, and the more she hangs around Pilgrim, the more she resents the person who she used to be.
All in all, “Scott Pilgrim vs The World,” despite it’s undertone, it a very lighthearted, comedic film filled to the brim with awesome video game references. Michael Cera is no stranger to playing the “awkward” character in film, so it should come as no surprise how fluent and natural his acting is in the role of Scott Pilgrim. Cera’s chemistry with Winstead’s rarely misses a beat, and the final result is such an organic onscreen relationship, in what is one of director Edgar Wright’s finest films.
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