When it’s over, strangeness works. The film beams with creativity. In order to date Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), the girl of his dreams, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends. There is a stylish blend of kung fu, arcade games, and comic absurdities, which gives the film its likability. It is hard not to appreciate the talent that goes into writing a love story that defy traditional storytelling. I like the comedy, the oddities, the effective editing format, and visual style, but I could not bring myself to love the film. The main reason, because Scott Pilgrim does not appeal to me, nor do I want to root for him. Cera is right on as a geek, but unconvincing as a man who has a slew of ex-girlfriends and who comes to admit his mistakes. I like the look of Ramona as a character, but find her lacking in personality. The filmmakers could have made her edgier. Perhaps, a girl with some sass and a sharp tongue, but who is also a softy in the game of love.
My rating: 3 out of 5