Scott Pilgrim VS The World review
Last week, there was a lot of set-up towards the actual plot of Scott Pilgrim VS. The World, and we left off when some weirdo was attacking Scott during a battle of the bands. By the way, how many references to songs, bands and albums did you find? I had around 19 in Part 1 alone. Seriously, some of them are sneaky, so look carefully. You will miss some of the references. So, what happens now?
|Compare the comics and the movie. Impressive, isn't it?|
|That's not 1; that's three fingers. Possibly a 0 and a 3.|
Are you so dumb you can't count up to 1???
|No,k that's not from the comic, that part was animated for the|
He dances and sings.
As he rises off the ground.
Wait, when did this movie become a musical?
|Hey Patel, if you're so desperate for love, how 'bout ya screw|
one of 'em demon hipster chicks? Just... don't kiss 'em.
Did I mention people burst into coins when they’re defeated in the Pilgrimverse? Matthew Patel leaves a measly few bucks. Ah, you were poor and broke, that’s why Ramona wanted to forget you! And you, Scott, yes Patel will probably respawn as well, but… you still technically murdered someone. Will you call your mama and tell her that you just killed a man?
On the way back home, Ramona spills the beans. I mean, being attacked all of a sudden by perfect strangers? Yeah, she definitely needs to explain why that’s gonna happen to Scott. To win her heart, he’ll have to fight and defeat Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends- oh, pardon me, “exes”. Subtle foreshadowing, do your thing… Still, nothing’s stopping them from dating, so they end that discussion on a kiss. (Cue the “Awwwwwws”.)
|Nobody likes to have the truth spelled out to them...|
|Christ! Even the girliest girls in the universe|
would say this is cliché. They'd still watch it,
because, hey, pretty boy.
Oh, by the way, Lucas Lee is played by Chris Evans. I’ll resume my review once the girls are done swooning.
Alright then. It appears Lee is currently shooting a movie in Toronto (This could get so meta in so many ways). Scott leaves to go out with Knives, and the two go to the music store, where they discover – to Knives’ excitement and Scott’s despair – that The Clash At Demonhead will be doing a show soon in Toronto. After Knives confesses her love for Scott, he finally drops the bomb; they have to break up. It’s like the sky falls on her at that exact moment. It’s gonna take a while for her to heal that achy broken heart… if it ever heals. I doubt grey duct tape would be able to keep the pieces together at this point.
|"Hey, Scott? My eyes are down there."|
|Scott, keep working with your guitar. You could write an entire|
rock opera with what you're gonna be going through.
They walk all the way to the set where Lucas Lee is filming. There, they find Wallace, impatiently waiting like a fanboy. Ramona seems worried when she hears the actor’s name. …As it turns out, he IS, in fact, her second ex-boyfriend. I hate to say I told you so, Wallace, but it’s confirmed: This guy’s straight! The crew starts filming Lucas’ scene, but he interrupts it to speak directly to Scott Pîlgrim. He walks up to Scott… and gives him a couple punches, before throwing him at Casa Loma. There it is, the second ex battle.
Now, a bit of context with Book 2 of the series. Scott learns ahead of time about Lucas Lee, so he watches many of his films, so that he’d know who exactly he’s going up against. He could also have looked at the movie posters, they all feature Lucas’ face. Scott encounters Lee near Casa Loma, but not in the middle of filming a scene. A very short fight takes place, which is re-created in the movie, and then the two opponents have a snack and a chat. It might come off as a surprise, but Lee is certainly the nicest of Ramona’s exes. It’s like, you know, he has moved on and stuff. He has learned to let it go. That’s the normal reaction to a breakup that took place long ago. Oh yeah, in both the comic and the movie, Lucas is the one who tells Scott about the “League of Evil Exes” brought together by Ramona’s seventh ex. Oh, also, in the comic he’s still considered evil, not because he still took part in the League, but because he’s a sellout. Oh, the horror!
However, in the movie, Lucas Lee is a lot more villainous. Still relatively amicable (to Ramona, anyway), but more villainous nonetheless. After beating up Scott, he lets his many stunt doubles do the rest. Even though Scott was losing the fight, for some reason he manages to beat all of the doubles. Not like his fight with the actor is any longer; in both the comic and the movie, Scott tricks Lee into doing a skateboard stunt on the staircase rail. Lee accepts the challenges, goes down the rail… and goes so fast at the bottom that the speed makes him burst into coins. Another one bites the dust! So Scott wins by default.
Not exactly the best fight in the series, if you ask me.
Ramona has left the place (I suppose she didn’t feel comfortable seeing her current boyfriend and an ex together, the same way Scott didn’t want to leave Ramona and Kim in the same room), so Scott and Wallace go home. On the next morning, Scott finally understands (in great part thanks to Wallace) that he’s gonna have to fight seven evil exes.
Well, took him long enough. Clearly, we are dealing with a genius Scott Pilgrim here.
Talking about exes, Scott gets a call… from Envy Adams. You could immediately feel the room getting 90% gloomier and 75% colder. That girl is cold as ice… The discussion is short, and anything but sweet, and you can tell Envy is toying with him. When Scott mentions Ramona, though, Envy’s reaction… surprises him, to say the least. Wallace interrupts the call before it gets worse.
|You "PONK"ed her all right, Scott.|
Nevermind, we have more plot to explain!
Stressed out due to all the events, Scott goes to the café where his sister works… but ends up facing Julie. I already stated that she was a bitch, I might add she was probably a sailor in a past life.
Wished I could censor my own fucking curse words.
Oh hey, it works!
|Why do I feel like this girl is trouble...|
Oh right, she IS trouble.
Is this a disaster in the making? Is it the end of the world as we know it?
Either way, they need to do that show, the publicity is too good to skip. In the middle of that battle of the bands, they have to take every opportunity to show their talent! They need hardcore fans… well, they have one, but they might think she’s, um… too hardcore. Or too stalk-ish. Ramona advises Scott to do the show, since it would be “the grown-up thing to do”.
|I'd buy one of their albums. I like indie grunge garage|
happy metal rock.
|In the comic, they break up relatively quick. By the end of|
this movie, we don't know if they're still together. The actual
ending leaves it ambiguous, the preceding one... not so much.
A girl on the drums (again? Is that… a fetish or something?), a blond guy on bass, and finally Envy on vocals (she also did keyboard in the comics). Ramona immediately recognizes the guy on bass as Todd Ingram, her third evil ex.
…I have to cut here, see ya in Part 3.