Personal growth in “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”
Ilchi Lee says: "How can you find hope? Hope comes to you when you know who you are." In the end, we must first learn about ourselves – only then is personal success possible.
That idea is somewhat demonstrated in the recent film "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," typically more known for its dazzling visual effects than its thoughts on philosophy. However, parts of the movie actually touch on these subjects much more than the standard Hollywood fare.
Inspired by a graphic novel, which was in turn inspired by a number of video games, it's easy to get caught up in the crazy visuals of this film. Sure, the plot is pretty cartoonish, but then, that's the whole point.
What's interesting is tracking the personal growth of the title character (played by Michael Cera) over the course of the film. Pilgrim sets out to defeat the "evil exes" of his crush, Ramona. Each one tests him in a way different than the last, similar to levels in a video game.
Without giving away the ending, Pilgrim eventually learns that it's not really the exes he should be worrying about, as he is ultimately his own worst enemy when it comes to relationships. Only once he realizes this is he able to face off against the worst of Ramona's ex-boyfriends.