So I finally saw Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, the video game inspired movie, based off the video game inspired comic.

You can always tell when a gamer makes a gaming related project versus some marketing exec just trying to latch onto the next big thing. The film itself is chock full of video game references and sound effects, from 8 and 16-bit classics such as Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 2, Street Fighter and Capcom related fighters, Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, Final Fantasy, and Sonic the Hedgehog, to more “modern” games such as Tekken, Dance Dance Revolution and Rock Band.

So why make mention of a movie on a gaming site? Because of the sheer amount of references to the love of gaming (not to mention the brawler already on PSN and coming to XBLA). There were moments growing up in the 8-bit generation that you couldn’t help but compare life’s daily challenges to that of a video game, from first crushes to having a fight against your own “bosses”. You wanted to be that video game hero that you were on your NES, and that was translated perfectly here, with a more than a solid dash of comic book sensibility thrown in. In many respects, it was how I viewed the world at that age, which was all the more surreal when I actually saw it realized.

I enjoyed the over the top boss battles, level ups, power meters, 64 hit combos, 1-Ups and every other video game reference jammed into the film. The more “old school” you are, the more you’ll find in the movie (I almost typed “game” in there by mistake).

Considering the praise the video game has been getting, I’ll definitely be checking it out (especially because I do LOVE brawlers). If you’re on the fence wondering if this gaming movie actually “gets it”, or is some celluloid abomination loosely based on the source material, Scott Pilgrim was a great two hours. Even if you don’t get all the references, its goofy over the top attitude and witty one-liners make a great visit to the movies.

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