Saturday, November 13, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

A couple of my friends, MC and GC, recommended a while back that I watch Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Unsure of what exactly it was, I was finally able to see it. At first, I was a bit perplexed, not knowing the background of the characters and story, but I was quickly able to pick up that this drew from a comic series by the stylized effects and popups. One of the main reasons I wanted to see this movie is, quite frankly, Michael Cera. I have a serious geek-crush on both Cera and Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, The Social Network). They're so delightfully awkward and adorkable, and virtually interchangeable. I guarantee people mix them up on a daily basis.

Anyways, on to the movie. I loved the soundtrack, the fight scenes, the indie-action vibe that it put off. I was a bit saddened to find that while it received critical acclaim, it didn't even break even at the box office. That being said, I'm pretty sure that this will become a cult classic on DVD. It's just that cool to watch, in my opinion. It's not an ingenious plot (it's no Inception, my favorite film thus far this year) but it moves and kind of rocks. It was hard for me not to keep watching Scott battle his crush's evil exes... it made me wonder what it would be like if the world really were more like a video game where we could battle it out with our enemies and have them explode into gold coins like old-school Sega Sonic the Hedgehog.

Anyways, if you're looking for something fun to rent, I'd recommend it. It's not for everyone, but it's entertaining for sure. At least look to appreciate it for the unique style and presentation, and Michael Cera playing the same awkward/endearing character he always does, but with martial arts moves and sword-fighting.


P.S. For my fellow Arrested Development fans, Cera battles Mae Whitman in the movie, who played George Michael's girlfriend Anne on the TV show. Nice seeing them back together again, playing completely different characters. (In Whitman's case, at least.)

P.P.S. When is the Arrested Development movie coming out? I'm going to start reading Portia de Rossi's biography soon. Maybe there'll be a hidden hint about it in the book...

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