Equal parts romantic comedy, action movie and comic-book adventure, graphic novel-based "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" is truly unlike any movie released to screen to date, and may just be director Edgar Wright's best work yet.
It's your basic boy-meets-girl tale. The titular Pilgrim, portrayed perfectly by Michael Cera (left, punching that dude, photo by Universal), falls in love with mysterious amazon.ca delivery girl Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). But she has some interesting issues, notably seven evil ex-boyfriends, who Scott must defeat in battle to gain Ramona's love. Scott battles ex-boyfriends, his band Sex Bob-omb tries to find a record label and he strives to find true love — all in the span of about two hours. It's a lot of road to cover, and that's really my only issue with the flick. As a devout fan of the series, it pained me to see such great characters reduced to smaller moments. But if you're not a Pilgrimite like myself, you're going to enjoy every second.
With a hilarious, pitch-perfect cast, inventive action sequences and a super-catchy soundtrack, "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" shines as a great film in a rather blah summer. — MARTY DAY