Friday, November 19, 2010

Currently Watching: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Title: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Official, Facebook, IMDB, Amazon, Wikipedia)

There was a lot of hype leading up to the release of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World but then the film tanked at the box office. There’s been a lot of discussion online as to why the movie flopped but now that I’ve seen it I think I know why. First I think people may be getting a little tired of Michael Cera (IMDB, Wikipedia). Second, and probably more importantly, this is a film that has a very specific intended audience and is not something that can easily cross over to the masses, no matter how cool the trailer looked.

Scott Pilgrim… is a story of a young man battling, literally, for the girl of his dreams. In the film Scott, Cera, must defeat Ramona’s, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (IMDB, Wikipedia), seven evil ex’s in battle, video game style. The film is a combination romantic comedy, coming of age story with an extremely stylized look and a pretty good soundtrack.

There are moments in which this film really works and there are moments when it doesn’t and that is its biggest flaw. The cast is perfect but for some reason things don’t always click. I’m going to watch it again today to give it another chance just in case I missed something the first time around. Overall it is an enjoyable film for those who are either young adults, into modern indie music, or video games. Even though it didn’t do well in the theaters, I suspect this movie will receive a cult status in the years to come.

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