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Published:June 7th, 2010 16:25 EST

Scott Pilgrim Versus the World

By Tony Graff


America has man some amazing movies based on graphic novels: 300, V for Vendetta, and the Watchmen. Japanese graphic novels (manga for short) that have been made into live action movies haven`t been good at all. Dragon Ball Z Evolution, I`m talking about you. It was just pathetic. 

So, this summer there`s a movie coming out based on an American graphic novel self-proclaimed as a quasi-manga, Scott Pilgrim Versus the World. I was nervous. Hoping to belay my nausea at what could be a terrible waste of time, I decided to dig a little deeper: I found the official website, watched a few trailers, and it changed my entire outlook for the film. 

The first thing I noticed was Micheal Cera trying to look all bad and tough. For those who don`t know, Micheal Cera is the boyfriend from Juno, and Nick from Nick and Nora`s Infinite Playlist. The kid looks like he hasn`t even completed high school, but he is the action hero in Scott Pilgrim. 

Then the story line caught me. Scott Pilgrim, a bassist in a band, falls in love with a girl named Ramona. However, in order to date her, he has to defeat her seven evil exes. Now, I`m familiar with having a little bit of a verbal showdown with a girl`s previous exes, but defeat? That just sounds cool. 

That`s where you meet the exes, who range from psychic guitar players to half-ninjas. Our hero Scott must defeat them, adding a nice level of fantasy. (He even gets rewards for defeating the bad guys) Loaded with a ton of video game references and fight scenes, Scott Pilgrim Versus the World has the potential to be one of the epic movies this summer. I`m already awaiting the release.