Saturday, October 23, 2010

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Basically, I started this blog because friends were requesting I give them a full review of Scott Pilgrim, not just a 'scott pilgrim rocked my world' post on Facebook.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World movie is an adaptation of the six Scott Pilgrim graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is 22, 23 in the books, and plays bass in Sex Bob-Omb. He lives with his 'cool gay roommate' Wallace (Keiran Culkin). Scott is 'dating' a High School girl named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), he wants something simple and pure whilst getting over his evil ex-girlfriend Envy Adams. Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) keeps rollar blading through his dreams and then he discovers she's real! They start dating and then he's told he has to defeat Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends...sorry, I mean ex's...who want to control her future love life. Oh yeah, it takes place in Toronto, Canada.
According to several reviews I am too old to 'get' this movie. Apparently, anyone over 25 will not understand the pop culture references that Scott and his buddies drop. Also the editing is too quick and the colors are too bright and the music is too loud. I'm 37, so I guess I should be watching 'Eat, Pray, Love' and 'Sex and the City 2'. All I have to say about that is W.H.A.T.E.V.E.R.!
I don't know what they're talking about because most of the video game references are from the early 90's. The music may be new Indie but there's a song from The Bluetones in it from 10 years ago and The Bluetones have never been on the edge of Indie cool. (BTW. I'm a huge Bluetones fan) Japanese animation and Bollywood has been gaining popularity over the past 10 years and is actually mainstream. One of the funniest scenes in the movie is a homage to Seinfeld...a T.V. show that was popular in the 90's! Most of the references are actually for people over the age of 25!
Anyways...I LOVED THIS MOVIE! I saw it twice the week it came out. It is fun, funny, joyful, clever and a party for your eyes. The casting is perfect. Especially Chris Evans and Brandon Routh as evil ex's numbers '2' and '3', respectively. Michael Cera isn't the same character that everyone claims he plays in every film. Scott is a jerk. He's deserves some of what happens to him. He's a bad boyfriend...not evil, just bad.
Comics and graphic novels should be easy to translate onto film because they're basically the story boards. But as we know this isn't always the case. But not with Scott Pilgrim...Edgar Wright has made a live action comic! Scott Pilgrim also the movie that's most like Spaced. The friendships, the pop culture references, the editing...which is brilliant by the way.
Scott Pilgrim is the funnest movie I've seen in years! Do believe the hype.

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