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.
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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World retails for $29.98 or $39.98 for Blu-ray/DVD combo.