This movie is based on a comic book series, which…neither Jay nor I had ever heard of, let alone read! However, I liked the guy who plays the lead, Michael Cera. The hubby and I were talking about that circle of young men who are all geeky, around the same age, who are so popular in Hollywood right now; Michael Cera is one those of course! Cute in a totally nerdy way. What’s so funny is that he had all these fight scenes and he was pretty good!
The premise of the movie is that Scott Pilgrim becomes infatuated with one Ramona Flowers while dating a high schooler who is actually 5 years younger than he is, whose name is Knives. Yes, Knives. She is so sweet and innocent and just loves Scott’s band, he feels like he can’t break her heart, so he continues to date her as he woos Ramona. However, he soon finds he has to fight all 7 of her exes in order to win the right to court her.
I was delighted to find Ms. Mae Whitman (currently the voice of “Tinkerbell” as well as playing dark-haired “Amber” on Parenthood on NBC) playing an ex of the character Ramona Flowers. She actually had a fight scene!! It was pretty awesome. That was my favorite scene.
And then, the actor who plays The Human Torch in Fantastic Four, Chris Evans, is an ex who is now a Hollywood hottie. That scene is also pretty funny! He gets all his look-alike stunt doubles to fight for him!
Finally, Jason Schwartzman gets in on the act as the ultimate baddie who wants to take Ramona back. He also gets a fight scene. That’s also pretty funny and unexpected.
I have to say, I wasn’t sure what to expect when we got this movie, but hubby and I were laughing out loud in a few places. Now, this is like a comic book come to life. They have the old-school TV-Batman call-outs of “BAM!” and “POW!” during the fight scenes, which can be a little distracting, but really, the fight scenes are well-choreographed, the fighters unexpected, the humor dry, and the storyline a unique perspective on the ole’ “boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy fights for girl” scenario.
I’d give it an “A.”
A plain old respectable “A.” If you like quirky movies and comics, you’ll like this.