Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is essentially video games brought to life, filtered through the eyes of a mopey 22-year-old bass guitarist for a band known as the Sex Bob-omb in Toronto.
Michael Cera plays Scott in this action comedy from Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Super Fuzz). Obviously not the pumped-up superhero type, the down-and-out musician who is an aficionado of arcade video games has been dumped by all of his girlfriends, and he now unhappily has to share a bed with his gay roommate, Wallace (Kieran Culkin). His sister, Stacey (Anna Kendrick), offers him love advice, but you can tell she pretty much thinks he's a loser.
Then he meets Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who is tough and sharp. Although they seem opposites, she somehow warms up to Scott anyway. One problem: He can win her heart only if he battles all of her old boyfriends. Turns out she has a lot. Goofy idea, for sure, but it's in Scott's fantasy world where he really lives. Video games then spring to life with razzle-dazzle that ranges from spectacular fight scenes to Bollywood production numbers.
Based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley, Scott Pilgrim is a lot of fun, and Wright gives it enough of an emotional underpinning involving the uncertainties of young adulthood to make the movie more interesting than "game over" when it ends.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World retails for $29.98 or $39.98 for Blu-ray/DVD combo.