SCOTT PILGRIM TAKES OFF
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Satya Bhabha, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Alison Pill, Aubrey Plaza, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Johnny Simmons, Mark Webber, Mae Whitman, and Ellen Wong
Creators: Bryan Lee O’Malley and BenDavid Grabinski
Scott Pilgrim Takes Off is a triumph. It’s bold and original with incredibly creative animation, appearing both retro and contemporary in its eclectic style. The action scenes are dazzling, and it feels like each one is carefully crafted. This new take thoughtfully and cleverly engages with the original story, acknowledging some aspects of it that deserve a re-assessment while retaining everything that makes Scott Pilgrim great. On top of that, it enables the audience to spend more time with and become more invested in other beloved characters, only made better by the fact that each voice performance is outstanding.
Scott Pilgrim Takes Off is an electric reimagining of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World that manages to enhance the original story. This refreshing take allows for an expansion on the Pilgrim universe to make it feel like its own thing. Despite lacking some of the film’s charm, this anime vision of the story is still punk rock, and it thrives from having the original cast returning to voice their characters. At the end of the day, did we really need a retelling of this material? No… but I’m glad we got it!