Saturday, August 14, 2010

Some Thoughts about Scott Pilgrim vs. The World...

So I just got back from watching Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and it definitely lived up to the source material from the graphical novels as being totally crazy. For those that are not familiar with the movie, the game that just came out last week on the Playstation Network, or novels, it is simply Scott Pilgrim, played by Michael Cera, which decides to date Ramona even though he has to fight his way against her seven exes. It is a simple concept on paper and yet with the references to video game culture, the movie definitely uses those to its advantage and it hits them hard. I can see why the movie is truly dedicated to a specific targeted audience that knows the culture inside and out as they would have a blast watching it from beginning to the end, but the normal moviegoer may be just wandering what in the world is going on with the crazy game-like effects. My first exposure to the franchise was the game and my knowledge coming from the game as I could tell what is going on right out of the gate. They nailed the setting and effects right with the coin drops, Zelda and Sonic sounds, etc. The actors definitely lived up to the characters seen in the comics. It also feels crazy seeing Chris Evans and Brandon Routh as two of Ramona's evil exes as they were awesome as them. Sure, some of the side plots can be somewhat of an annoyance especially with Scott's gay roommate, but it is a change of pace from the main plot. It is unfortunate that the film won't do gangbusters at the box office with stiff competition by Eat, Pray, Love and The Expendables, but at least it is one of the craziest movies I seen this year. It is definitely catered to an audience that lives and breathes video game culture, so it is not really for everyone. I still had a good time watching Scott Pilgrim vs. The World today. As a movie, it could of been better pacing-wise, but I do believe the targeted audience will love and embrace it as one of their favorite movies of the year.

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