Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Review by: Drew Hoffmaster

Creators: Bryan Lee O’Malley and BenDavid Grabinski

Rating: 3/5

Originally released as a box office flop, Edgar Wright’s film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has cemented its status as a cult classic. Now, it has been turned into an anime on Netflix. Originally adapted from a comic, the series follows the 23-year-old slacker Scott Pilgrim as he has to defeat the seven evil exes of Ramona Flowers, the girl he loves.

The animated series changes one event in the first episode to tell a completely different story, making it not a one-to-one adaptation. The change expands the storyline from the comics, fleshing out each evil ex. The change also makes Ramona the main character, making her a more three-dimensional person.

The medium of animation allows the show to mimic the comics video game charm and film while also giving the animators the ability to make visually impressive fight scenes. The vibrant animation makes Gideon Graves’s sword skills seem real and the fights feel more exciting.

Sadly, the story feels rushed at times and is only understandable to someone who knows the story of the original Scott Pilgrim. The first episode twist makes it essential for watchers to already know who Scott and the seven evil exes are before starting the show, making it less accessible to newer fans.

Even though those who are unfamiliar with Scott Pilgrim may feel confused by the show, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off is still an entertaining and engaging show and makes me excited to see what is to come next with comic book adaptations!