This week's must-see DVD/BD, and why we're lovin' it.
What? Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Who? Directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, Chris Evans and Jason Schwartzman
Why? Here is the most groundbreaking, coolest flick of the summer that most of you missed somehow. Based on the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O'Malley and helmed by Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim uses colorful video game imagery over stylized action in a way we've never seen before.
Michael Cera plays the titular character—the bassist for the Toronto garage band Sex Bob-Omb who has started dating a naïve Chinese schoolgirl, Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), despite the protests of his friends, bandmates and roommate (Kieran Culkin). Everything changes when Scott meets colorful-haired Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) at a party. Despite an awkward introduction, Scott woos Ramona and the two quickly fall for each other. There is one big problem: Ramona's seven evil exes have joined forces to destroy Scott and are hell-bent on controlling Ramona's sex life, like all evil exes are prone to do. Can Scott overcome the League of Evil Exes and free Ramona from her past paramours? It's "game on!"
We've all dated people who, despite our hopeful wishes, keep popping up in our lives like mushrooms after a rainstorm, which is why Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
is so relatable despite its hyperrealistic feel. Cera pretty much plays the same lovable nerd character in every movie that he's in, but at least here he's surrounded by a kick-ass supporting cast, the standouts of which include Wong as the overly enthusiastic Knives, Brandon Routh as a vegan-powered evil ex, Chris Evans as a smarmy skateboarder, and Jason Schwartzman as the most evil ex of them all. It's also refreshingly modern to see Kieran Culkin play a gay character, Wallace Wells, who just happens to be gay and Scott's pal instead of a GLAAD mouthpiece.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is one of those rare movies that gets better after each viewing as you start to learn the words to Sex Bob-Omb's songs and notice fun details during the fast-moving battles between Scott and the evil exes. "Level up!" and check it out in high definition if you can.
What Else? Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain commentaries, a trivia track, deleted scenes, bloopers, galleries and "You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb." The Blu-ray adds picture-in-picture commentary, a 49-minute making-of featurette, pre-production material, music promos and much more.