Scott Pilgrim VS the World: Blu – Ray Review

Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22 year old has just met the girl of his dreams…literally. The only catch to winning the elusive, mysterious Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead; Die Hard 4.0, Grindhouse: Death Proof)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him.

Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart’s ass – and now is back in town – to the teenage distraction he’s trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes control her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor.

As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past—from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsome identical twins. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over.

Get the hot girl. Defeat her evil exes. Hit love where it hurts.

So let’s see  we have a film directed by Edgar Wright of Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and Spaced fame, a comic book adaptation with computer game trappings and flaming katanas. What’s not to like?

Maybe it was all the hype surrounding the film’s release  but it  did not appeal to me first time around. Even when I was sent the review copy it sat in my house collecting dust for a while until I finally said enough is enough.

The minute the Universal logo came up with it’s 8-bit soundtrack I thought ok whether I like what comes next or not one thing is certain – it’s going to be an inventive few hours and I was not wrong.

Anyone familar with the likes of Spaced or Shuan of the Dead will see Edgar Wright’s hand all over this film.   The  quick cuts, and quirky characters mixed with dialogue sharp enough to shave with, it’s all here. I particularly loved the way sound effects were displayed on screen and the way characters  are introduced along with their stats. This style of film making may not be for everyone but I really ennjoyed it and I look forward to seeing what Wright does next.

I was actually starting to get a little bored in the early part of the film, depsite enjoying the fancy cutting and dialogue. However just as I was  beginning to let my mind wonder to what I was going to have for lunch the first evil ex Matthew Patel  lands on screen and the whole film stepped up a gear. It has to be said Scott has some skills in this film.  The fight scenes are epic and each one gets more manic than the next and leaves you wondering just what the next evil ex is going to have under his or her sleeve. It worth watching the film just for these battles. I had previously seen some of the fight footage on the trailers but I was so not prepared for what was to come especially in Bly-Ray. It’s an eye popping treat of crazy martial arts, special powers and over the top visuals that will leave you thinking your watching a  live action video game which of course is the intent.

As a computer game junkie I loved all the neat game touches in the film but I also loved the fact that rather than just be there for the aesthetics they helped to advance the plot ( extra life, level-up,two player mode and solo round I’m looking at you).

Michael Cera puts in a solid perfomane as Scott though, to be honest, it wasn’t really a stretch for him as the way he played Scott didn’t seem much different from the  previous roles I’ve seen him in.

The rest of the cast are all great with some of Scott’s friends (pretty much everyone in Scott’s band) and evil ex’s (Matthew Patel and Lucas Lee being my faves) stealing Cera’s thunder a lot of time. Props also go to Mary Elizabeth Winstead who plays Ramona Flowers  the object of Scott’s desire who by the end of the film left me wanting to sign up as an evil ex as she’s just so damned pretty and too cool for words. She also can kick some major ass when called upon.

Scott Pilgrim vs the World  definitely entertained  a lot more than expected but I don’t think it will be for everyone. The film is a fun, frantic and balls to the wall crazy, flaming katana, romp through love, break ups and relationships.  There’s also more video game in-jokes than you can shake a joystick at and worth looking at if you’re a video game nerd just to see how well Wright seamlessly integrates these moments into the film. However I did find my attention wandering whenever Scott wasn’t taking on an evil-ex and wondering how long it was going to be until the next one showed up. A lot of that was down to Scott’s whole ‘look at me I’m loveable and gormless’ act a little  boring to watch. I also think the film could have done with being shorter and getting to the evil ex- sub plot a little earlier as I did find the early scenes a struggle to get through.

I realised after watching the film that I was more invested in Scott’s band mates and friends, Knives Chau, Scott’s current girlfriend, Ramona and the the evil ex’s.  Each one had some comedy gold moments which lead me to the conclusion that Scott Pilgrim’s world was more interesting than Scott himself.

I’m not sure if I would watch the whole film again  even though I enjoyed it, for the most part, but I do know I will be watching those evil ex battles a few times over before I’m done.

The DVD/Blu-Ray is out to buy 27th December

Blu-ray and DVD Special Features:

DVD Disc 1:

  • Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Director / Co-Writer Edgar Wright
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The Outtakes
  • Photo Galleries
  • Trivia Track
  • Audio Commentaries:
    • Feature Commentary with Director / Co-Writer Edgar Wright, Co-Writer Michael Bacall and Author Bryan Lee O’ Malley.
    • Technical Commentary with Edgar Wright and Bill Pope
    • Cast Commentary: Michael Cera; Jason Schwartzman; Mary Elizabeth Winstead; Ellen Wong & Brandon Routh
    • Cast Commentary: Anna Kendrick; Aubrey Plaza; Kieran Culkin & Mark Webber

DVD Disc 2:

  • Alternate Edits
  • Bits & Pieces
  • Making Of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • Music Featurette
  • You Too Can Be Sex Bob-omb
  • Music Videos
  • Osymyso
  • Sound Work
  • VFX Before and After
  • Pre-Production Footage
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The Censors
  • Adult Swim: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation
  • Phantom Montage
  • Roxy Fight / Ribbon Version
  • Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Easter Eggs

Additional Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Blogs
  • U-control: Storyboard Picture in Picture
  • BD Live- enabled
  • BD Live pre-roll trailers
  • pocket BLU™ enabled

GS Reporter: Nuge*

*As I was watching this on my ps3 I was able to give the Pocket Blu Ray app (free from the iTunes store) a go for the first time and I was not disappointed as the app worked really well.

The app detected the Blu-Ray disc as soon as the trailers had finished running. It allowed me to use my iTouch as a Blu -Ray remote control which given  previously I’d been  been using my PS3 controller this was a bloody godsend. Using the app made it a breeze to navigate menus and control the on screen action.

I will be having a look to see what other films I have that support this app and I would reccomend this to anyone using a PS3 to watch their Blu-Rays that have this functionality.

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