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HUB Titles: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Go see this movie. Go see this movie every night they show it in the HUB. Call every friend you know and drag them to the HUB. Apologize to your enemies and take all of them too. It has been recorded by scientific research done by the John Dempsey Institute for Sciency Science that not watching “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” can increase your chances of being lame by over 600 percent. Nobody wants that. You may have guessed that I like this movie. You’re not wrong.

Why the Premise is Awesome: Scott Pilgrim (Dweeby Teen a.k.a. Michael Cera) is a twenty-something douchebag living in Toronto, Canada. He freeloads off gay roommate Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin) and is currently dating Knives Chau, 17 (Ellen Wong, 25). Scott is happily playing with his band Sex Bob-omb (the first of many, many geeky jokes in this film) and contributing nothing to society when Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) shows up. Scott decides to do the wise thing and date Ramona without breaking up with Knives first. Unfortunately, in order to be with Ramona, Scott must first defeat the League of Evil Exes that all formerly dated Ramona. Scott will do what he has to do to win Ramona’s heart and make as many references to the Sega Genesis as possible along the way.

Why the Performance is Awesome:  Despite what you may think, the acting is phenomenal in this movie. And yes, Michael Cera does play the same damn character he plays in every movie. The funny part is that it works. Scott Pilgrim is nerdy and uncharismatic in the comics too. Cera and Winstead are the leads on paper, but their characters are so boring that you’ll soon forget this. The true stars are Wong and Culkin. Wong’s resume before this is basically a blank piece of paper and Kieran Culkin is Macaulay Culkin’s younger brother. Neither scenario inspires much confidence. However, Wong creates one of the most interesting characters I’ve seen in a while in Knives Chau. She sticks with Scott even when his Douchebag Levels go off the charts. Her fangirl relationship with him makes Scott’s treatment of her that much worse. Wong gets all of Knives’s emotions across in a way that makes Cera wish he had such emotions to act poorly about. Culkin gives Wallace personality and avoids being “the gay character.” Wallace is very funny and his sexual orientation has almost nothing to do with it. Finally, there are seven evil exes. Some get much more screen time than others. All of their scenes are cinematic gold. Michael Cera gets beaten up constantly. I love this movie.

Other Awesome Thoughts: This film came in fifth in its opening weekend. It got beaten by “The Expendables,” “Eat, Pray, Love,” “The Other Guys” in its second week and “Inception” in its fourth week. This movie is better than all four of those films. Director Edgar Wright just can’t catch a break. The soundtrack to this movie is awesome. Master composer Beck (yeah, that Beck) helped write a bunch of the original songs and the rest are video game soundtracks. This movie is funny. Depending on how nerdy you consider yourself, it can be very funny. Scenes are edited together seamlessly and the special effects are mesmerizing. The subtle touches are the most mind-blowing. As an example, one scene perfectly used the theme from “The Warriors.” That movie was a cult film in 1979! Who the hell besides me would not only have seen “The Warriors,” but recognize its theme used in the background as a joke? Edgar Wright is simply a genius and you’ll most likely also experience your own moment like this while watching “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”

Final Awesome Verdict: Portal. Those of us who have experienced it love it. Everyone else has never heard of it. It’s funny but still very well made. We get a blend of nerdy humor and some great music. The creators put all their heart and soul into it but it is still so very niche. Do yourself a favor and try this one out. I’m all for supporting creativity.

About the Author

John Dempsey

John is a Junior majoring in Journalism from Hazleton, PA. He is so awesome that sharks dedicate a week to him.
Likes: Video games, vigilante justice, irony, talking bears, Burt Reynolds, El Chupacabra, coloring books, chainsaws, and Australians.
Dislikes: Zombies, clowns, zombie clowns, turtleneck sweaters, Apple, poor mustache grooming, nuclear winter, Roman architecture, guacamole, robots, LCD TVs, the color yellow, Velcro, ceiling fans, sprinklers, tornadoes, Belgians, squat thrusts, and romantic comedies.

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