The Best Brie Larson Movie Is On Netflix Right Now

Brie Larson's best movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, is now streaming on Netflix.

By Jonathan Klotz | Published

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Brie Larson in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Brie Larson’s best movie is an amazing comic adaptation featuring a who’s who of Hollywood stars, including Chris Evans. Incorporating special effects in a unique way not even seen often today, this film is a testament to the visionary director and while it does play with the source material, still honors the author’s original intent. There are many reasons why, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is now streaming on Netflix and it deserves to be watched.

Starring Michael Cera as Canadian slacker Scott Pilgrim, the film follows his quest to defeat the “7 evil exes” of his one true love, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). If that sounds like the plot of a video game, well that’s on purpose. Scott O’Malley’s graphic novel was filled with references to classic video games, and one very obscure one, which director Edgar Wright used as a visual guide for the film.

The amazing ensemble includes Anna Kendrick as Scott’s sister, Kieran Culkin and Aubrey Plaza as Scott’s Sex Bob-omb bandmates, Ellen Wong as Knives, and then the Evil exes played by Chris Evans (Avengers), Brandon Routh (Arrow), Mae Whitman (Independence Day), Jason Schartzman (Sonic the Hedgehog). Brie Larson is also an evil ex, but she’s Scott’s ex, playing Natalie “Envy” Adams in a scene-stealing performance that helps make Scott Pilgrim vs. the World her best movie.

As the lead singer for the Clash at Demonhead (which is the most obscure gaming reference in film history), Brie Larson’s Envy Adams is sardonic, cold, calculating, and the exact opposite of Ramona Flowers in almost every way. During her sequence on-screen, Larson manages to get across her disdain for Scott and desire to see him never be happy in just a few minutes, while praising her new boyfriend, a vegan, which makes him better than Scott. Sharing the screen with Brandon Routh, the Captain Marvel star makes the most of her few scenes.

Brie Larson in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Critics praised Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, with Kevin Smith considering it one of the best comic films of all time, but the film was hampered during its box office run because of how unique it is. A television trailer can’t capture the rapid-fire dialogue and constant one-liners, nor the ingenious use of video game tropes in the story. Unlike her Academy award-winning film, Brie Larson’s best movie was a box office disaster that went on to become a cult hit.

Adding to the legend of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, beyond two of its stars becoming Captain America and Captain Marvel, is that in a twist from the usual Hollywood adaptation, the comic’s writer was involved in developing the film. Bryan O’Malley admits he was approached about making his graphic novel into a film before he even wrote the second volume, and as a starving artist, he was going to say yes no matter what. According to the author, he was relieved when Edgar Wright signed on to direct as he was a big fan of the director’s previous work.

While it may seem like an odd choice for Brie Larson’s best movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a one-of-a-kind film that could be considered the best film for everyone in the extensive cast. Without a doubt it’s Michael Cera’s best film even if he is constantly upstaged by the more colorful characters, yes, it’s better and funnier, than Zombieland. If you missed it years ago in theaters fire up Netflix and enjoy a bonkers comic movie from before the MCU forever changed the comic adaptation landscape.