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Read “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” reviews, and the overwhelming message is that the film is an explosive mix of comic book and video game culture. It’s a world with which veteran video game players – particularly fans of games like “Street Fighter” – are familiar. The augmented or artificial world of “Scott Pilgrim” tends to sit well with those critics who found something of value in the ultra-violent comic book film “Kick Ass.” However, fans of both have generally had even more favorable things to say about “Pilgrim.”

‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ reviews eat up the mash up

A fantastic mash-up of popular sources makes “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” a unique experience. Slacker musician Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is on the make for a lovely lady. He eventually finds one in Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), but he faces a septet of trouble. These trials are Ramona’s “seven evil exes,” whom Scott must defeat kung-fu style before taking the hand of the young lady. It’s simplistic, much like the video game plots that inform “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” It isn’t meant to break new ground in terms of plot. It’s a pop culture ride.

Review fusion – a nerd feast

The New York Daily News loves the stylistic blur of Pilgrim’s simple tale. It’s a surreal mix that Film.com rightly tabs as on-the-mark for its intended audience of 20-somethings. The nerdiness of Scott Pilgrim himself is also quite appropriate to the video game loving nerdfest mix, says the L.A. Times.

Play on, Pilgrims

“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” rocks through the changes in an eye-and ear-pleasing blowout. The Times reviewer says who wins doesn’t matter; “it’s the playing that matters.” On the other hand, there’s the New York Post’s view of the film, which points to a self-satisfied animism. But perhaps that ride captures its target audience’s personality all too well. “All games, no joystick” is the Post’s verdict, yet judging by box office receipts, people are lining up to play.

More on this topic

Films.com: http://film.com/features/story/review-scott-pilgrim-takes-us/39953185

Los Angeles Times: http://latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-scott-pilgrim-20100813,0,4279497.story

New York Daily News: http://nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2010/08/13/2010-08-13_scott_pilgrim_vs_the_world_review_music_and_videogame_visuals_take_this_tale_for.html

New York Post: http://nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/all_games_no_joystick_LiPc4JHjB5HPqyv4vSD4AN

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