Family Movie Night

By Karyn Bowman

With the weather being so hot, I have not had the energy to get out and work in my garden or do much else beyond school work.

Scott Pilgrim Vs the worldI am taking a library class this summer that has a major project due every week. This week is the final exam and in a weird way I am looking forward to it. Soon, it will be over. On one hand I know how to work more programs then I did before. On the other, I will have some time to enjoy the last of summer.

But last Thursday, I broke down and sat with my son to just watch a movie. All I did was watch a movie with him and wondered what I was watching. The movie turned out to be Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

This was a weird little movie about Scott Pilgrim who falls in love with Ramona who has seven evil exes that he will need to battle in order to win her. And it is all treated like a video game. As Scott fights each ex-love and wins, coins fall to the ground and he appears to have a running point count going on.

The exes include a now-famous actor, a few musicians, a goth girl, and a music promoter. But there is another problem as Scott has an ex-girlfriend of his own; Knives wants him back and is willing to date his friend to make Scott jealous and want her back.

Maybe it was my mood and my inability to get up but I loved this movie. It was a lot of fun and a great jab at gamers playing an unusual live action version of their favorite games. There was an epic battle scene just about every five minutes during the second half.

Scott Pilgrim Evil Exes

The Evil Exes in Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

The battles were epic but so were the actors who were given a chance to break us up with some good laughter. Brandon Routh has been shutting it down as the Atom on the DC comic television network. There he gets to be the good guy. But in this movie he plays a dark character fueled by a need for revenge and super powers courtesy of his vegan lifestyle.

Chris Evans wasn’t Captain America yet when this movie was made. However, he has a great time being an action hero actor who has to beat Scott and has no doubt he will. The testosterone coming off of this guy is off the charts.

Jason Schwartzman makes a great appearance as the crooked record deal man and the final evil ex-love willing to fight to the death.

This movie is meant for teens and adults who love to game. While the fights are tightly choreographed and filled with wire-fu, this film is also splattered with f-bombs and language not everyone is going to appreciate.

Still, as a flick for a night when I needed to relax, this movie works. I may never watch it again but it was fun this time around.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.