Disclaimer: I’m unfamiliar with the graphic novel world of Scott Pilgrim. This might explain my primary reaction to this wackster multi-media movie. That being, “Huh?”
The story, such as it is, centers around nerdy, skinny Scott falling for magenta-haired Ramona before discovering she comes with some strings attached, namely, seven evil exes. He must defeat them in silly, kung-fu fueled battles that come with those bonk-glurpp-kapow! Batman visual sound effects. Surprisingly, Scott turns out to be a kick-ass warrior, I guess because he plays a lot of video games? It’s as unexplained as how he got to be cool enough to be in a band or why the out-of-his-league Ramona ever looked at him twice in the first place. Not to mention the two hot exes battling Ramona for his attentions.
Rotten Tomatoes critics and community gave this movie mostly high marks, quoting its ‘self-awareness’ as its strongest point. Granted, the movie winking at its own absurdities does keep it from being unwatchable. But for me, the best part was how short and chopped up each moment was. That way, the non-sequiters and random bits don’t stick around long enough to become truly annoying.
The actors are blameless and it’s always good to see Michael Cera. Maybe if I hadn’t heard good things about this movie, I would have been pleasantly surprised by the meta-slacker quirkiness. As it is, I’m just glad it was free on HBO and I didn’t insist my friends pay to see it.
One out of five stars.