When you look forward to a movie as much as I have been looking forward to Scott Pilgrim, you generally set yourself up to be disappointed. It doesn't always happen, of course -- Iron Man didn't disappoint me, although Watchmen did -- but I hoped that not reading the books would manage to keep my expectations in check. That's right, I'm not a raging Bryan Lee O'Malley fan, just an Edgar Wright fan. The director's last two films, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are at the top of my Favorite Films of All Time list, so nothing could keep me away from another of his brilliant blends of comedy, action, pop-culture references and killer music.
It's clear by now that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (a movie based on a comic book series that is inspired by video games and now has its own video game) is a typical nerd's wet dream. I wouldn't be exaggerating by saying that for some people, it's become a means of coping with the fact that there's about another 11 months until the next San Diego Comic-Con. One geektastic aspect of the movie is the obvious (and some not-so-obvious) references to video games, particularly some of our favorite classic 8-bit, pixilated and side-scrolling games of the '90s. In celebration of our nostalgia, here's some of our favorite gaming moments from the film.
By now, it seems everyone in the world must know the plot of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: in order to date the girl of his dreams, Scott must engage in physical combat with her seven evil exes. What follows is a tournament-style series of battles, as the exes become more powerful, and Scott has to use more advanced fighting techniques -- swords, bass guitars, amplifiers, etc. -- to defeat them. And while the video game references and supernatural aspects transform the film into something else entirely, at its heart it's still a fight movie, which automatically makes us think about all the great fight movies we've seen over the years. Here are some of the awesomest ones that give Scott Pilgrim a run for its money.