Searching for something to watch on Netflix is a real pain. Yes, it’s a first-world, champagne problem… but it is still something that we have all been through. With such an extensive library of content, choosing a movie can be daunting. You have probably had those moments of looking for something new to watch, sending a good 20 minutes looking, only to give up and watch a movie you have already seen. Infuriating, isn’t it? That’s why this series of whatsgood. on Netflix was started, to help you find something to watch every week and to force me to get outside of my viewing comfort zone.
This weeks’ suggestion is a bit of nerdy indulgence but it is a good one with quite a cult following… so for you non-comic reading, non-gamers... stay with me because it will be worth it.
This weeks’ suggestion is Scott Pilgrim vs The World. The movie is based off a graphic story series titled ‘Scott Pilgrim’, where a slacker and musician living in Toronto (Scott Pilgrim) falls in love with an American delivery girl (Romana Flowers) and must defeat her seven evil exes to date her. Mixing comic book, gaming, and manga elements, the film appeals to younger (<30) crowds but it still accessible to older watchers.
What makes the film so good is its use of humor and the combination of comic and game elements in the filming. For instance, in Scott first fight with Mathew Patel (Ramona’s first evil ex) the filming style and writing is reminiscent of scenes from anime (in my mind, the posturing done in fight scenes of Dragon Ball Z) and the use of Street Fighter style health bars and “versus” graphics. This, in conjunction with comic book style special effects and onomatopoeia (Poooow, KPOW, Crash) gives it a special charm that is not usually seen on the big screen. The film has immense re-watch value because of various references and attention to detail. The film is also casted very well with each character feeling believable and natural.
In short, the film is scripted brilliantly, the visuals are incredible, and the music makes the movie you need to watch at least once… but will probably end up watching it several times.
IMDB gave it 7.5/10.