Although it’s a relatively new film Scott Pilgrim vs The World is easily one of my favourite films of all time. I knew it would be from the second the 8-bit Universal Theme plays at the beginning. If Edgar Wright is directing then I’m normally a fan and he doesn’t disappoint here. Based on the comic book series by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs The World takes us on an unique and intense ride through the self discovery of youth. Scott’s a lazy, self centred but lovable douche bag who’s forced to defeat his biggest enemy when he falls for Ramona Flowers, his dream woman. On his journey he must fight an evil alliance of Ramona’s 7 evil exes, and that’s where things get crazy. The film is heavy in retro video game nostalgia so if you’ve never played a game in your life it’s possible you wont have a clue what’s going on. Each battle is fought in the highly energetic style of a Street Fighter-like fighting game with special effects, an announcer and everything! Game references are dotted about throughout the entire film, but this isn’t a film review, this is about the soundtrack.
Scott plays bass guitar in a band called Sex Bob-Omb. A slightly above average local indie rock band who’s music is just catchy enough to get in to Toronto’s Battle of the Bands. They play loud and stompy, leading nicely in to the high paced and insane fight scenes. SB’s music was written especially for the film by Beck and the soundtrack features both SB and Beck versions. Some well known names make appearances. Frank Black, Metric and Rolling Stones and some lesser known indie bands. The album flows well and fits the indie theme of the film.
Choosing just one all time favourite soundtrack is impossible, but Scott Pilgrim vs The World stands out likely because of it’s 90’s vibe that reminds me of my own teenage journey of self discovery, and it provides an effortlessly cool atmosphere to the film. If only wish Sex Bob-Omb were real!
Do you have a favourite film soundtrack? Let me know in the comments so I can check it out and be sure to enter the Currys competition!