Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is based on a comic book, but the film better resembles a video game-cum-love story than a superhero-packed flex-fest. It follows the tale of young Scott as he meets the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers. In order to date her, Scott will have to defeat Ramonas seven evil exes. Seems simple enough, but since each ex has his own set of abilities and power-ups, Scott will have to one-up each of them in a distinctive way. The film is chock-full of references to comics, video games and everything else under the dork sun, but its reluctance to be too cool is what makes it so enjoyable.
See it tonight and tomorrow at midnight at the Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing Street; tickets are $7.25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.landmarktheatres.com or call 303-352-1992.
Fri., Feb. 11; Sat., Feb. 12, 2011