Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs the World - Awesome Movie


I recently had a chance to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, over the weekend, and I must say I was extremely entertained, with this hyperactive comicbook adaptation.

Even though I've never read the original comic, nor read much about the movie before seeing it, I was blown away by the brilliance of the idea, and execution of the film. Based on the buzz from friends, gamers, and geeks alike, the consensus has been very pretty positive since the film's release. Unfortunately the same hasn't been true for box office dollars, with mainstream audiences avoiding the movie like the plague. Most people just don't and won't, 'get it,' maybe because of the highly stylized storytelling, that doesn't shy away from embracing videogames, and geek humor, animation and comics to the extreme.

This is one of the funniest movies I've seen, in a long time. The characters are so entertaining, from the League of Evil Exes, to the quirky characters that populate Pilgrim's life, that there is never a dull moment. I found myself laughing consistently throughout, even when the joke in question was over.

Aside from the sharp comedic timing, I was equally impressed with the fight scenes, and beautiful visual effects. The use of split-screen comic-esque panels, pixel art, and videogame music are great additions. Scott Pilgrim is a brilliant idea brought to life on screen by a brilliant director, Edgar Wright.

There is one downside to the movie though, if you can call it that. Michael Cera's Scott Pilgrim is a whiny little bastard, who can get quite annoying in the film. Luckily, the rest of the characters, make up for his lack of appeal.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World hits all the right notes that make for memorable classic for geek culture. Even film director Mark Romanek agrees, saying on his twitter: "SCOTT PILGRIM is an utterly fantastic film. I'm 100% certain it will be enjoyed by fans for decades. 8:18 PM Aug 22nd via Twitterrific."

Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 2: Scott Pilgrim Versus The World (v. 2) Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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