Get your guitars ready and settle in with your crush, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is free to watch on IMDb TV where it’s clocking in as one of the streamer’s top ten films. A fan favorite revered as a classic film with a cast roster to die for, it’s no shocker that this Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead led flick is taking the world of IMDb TV by storm. First landing on screens everywhere back in 2010, the action romance feature pulled its story from the Bryan Lee O’Malley created graphic novel series, Scott Pilgrim. Last Night in Soho, Baby Driver, and Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright co-wrote, produced and directed the project. Although the feature came out over a decade ago, its legacy lives on and it received a re-release to celebrate its 10th anniversary in the United States on April 30, 2021.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World takes place in Toronto, Canada and centers on the titular character, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). Scott is a quiet, low achieving bass player with hopes of carrying his band, Sex Bob-Omb, to win a competition that would earn them a record deal. Living with his sarcastic roommate, Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin), Scott is constantly made fun of for being romantically involved with a 17-year-old fan girl named, Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). Things in Scott’s life turn upside down after one day he has a dream about a girl and then meets her in real life. That girl is Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a delivery driver and indie babe. Falling instantly head over heels for Ramona, Scott doesn’t see it necessary to break up with Knives first and immediately begins pursuing the cool, hip ex-pat. The story really picks up from here as he soon discovers that he will need to battle Ramona’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart. Also starring in the film is an absolutely stacked cast including Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Brie Larson, Alison Pill, Aubrey Plaza, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Mark Webber, and Satya Bhabha.
Sitting with a critics score of 82% and an audience score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World truly took on the world. Many thought the incredibly colorful and unique visuals that used an arcade game-like style set the film apart and applauded the performances of Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Along with the positive reviews, came some negatives surrounding the character arcs and the number of exes with whom Scott had to battle, with some critics believing the film went on for too long. Despite the negative feedback, the movie was ultimately a success among audiences and solidified itself as a cult favorite for its fast paced storyline, which featured some ear pleasing musical segments.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead crashed into the biz on the NBC soap opera, Passions before moving on to being cast in a role in the Fox turned Syfy series, Tru Calling. Finding her niche, as a horror actress, Winstead would go on to appear in films such as Monster Island, Final Destination 3, Black Christmas, and the Quentin Tarantino directed, Death Proof. Right before being cast in Scott Pilgrim, Winstead would shine in Live Free or Die Hard in the role of John McClane’s daughter, Lucy Gennero-McClane. The actress gained critical acclaim when she took on a role in the drama Smashed which led her to perform in several other indie movies such as Faults and Swiss Army Man. From here, the performer would star in another electrifying cult classic, the wild horror film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Fast forward a few years and several other film credits, and fans of the television adaptation of Fargo will know Winstead for her role in the dark comedy. More recently, Winstead appeared alongside Margot Robbie as the Huntress in Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). In January, it was announced that Winstead will be taking on a role in the highly anticipated Disney+ series, Star Wars: Ahsoka.
Whether you’re a first time watcher of Scott Pilgrim or a seasoned Pilgrimite, it’s worth a view, especially while it’s available for free on IMDb TV. With its fast paced storyline, eye popping visual effects, and top tier acting from a cast led by Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scott Pilgrim should definitely be on your weekend relaxation list.