Friday, July 20, 2012

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

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Movie Name/Year: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Length: 113 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Michael Bacall, Edgar Wright, Bryan Lee O’Malley
Actors: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Brie Larson, Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Mark Webber, Ellen Wong, Mae Whitman, Satya Bhabha

In order for me to properly review this movie, I think I need to write a little bit about myself. I am a self-proclaimed geek. I read comic books (especially of the underground variety); I play video games; I like to spend my free time role-playing, reading and even writing a blog that maybe three people read (which you might have noticed). Me and my best friend constantly discuss our escape plans for the zombie apocalypse and my favorite time spent with my boyfriend is watching movies for this oh-so-obscure blog, playing board games of an equally obscure nature or playing video games. I participate in tournaments for Magic: the Gathering and Heroclix. Lastly, I always wear a d20 around my neck with several other sided dice in my pocket because you never know when one will come in handy. I am a geek to the fifth power. That being said, this movie was almost (almost) too geeky for me.

If you’re a fan of old school video games (Zelda, the first four Final Fantasy games, etc) you’re going to definitely notice a couple of references. In fact, the movie itself is like one long reference – though mostly to comics.

It’s designed like a comic, which shouldn’t come as a shocker since it’s based off a series of graphic novels. However, Spiderman was also based off of comics and that was one continuous story. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World almost seems to be cut up and filmed in panels. I can understand why the critics flamed it, but I also think they were resistant to difference and, quite frankly, closed minded jack-offs. As you may be able to tell already, I can also tell why there’s a cult following for the movie.

It’s different, it’s fun and entertaining. Tell me, what more do you want from a movie?

The best part is that not only does the movie do it without throwing an underlying lesson in your face, but if you search deep enough you still find that meaning there. I mean, what would you rather do when meeting your significant others ex? Have that awkward meeting/conversation where you’re trying not to say too much and sizing each other up or bust out some wicked magical powers and start zapping each other in the ass until one of you bursts into coins and gives the other some massive life-points? The latter is just so much more fun.

Overall Opinion – 4.5/5

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