Thursday, January 27, 2011

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. C

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World immediately got on my bad side by being a movie with a checklist. In other words, there's a number of things that a character must do before the movie is over. In this case, the central character, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must defeat a girl's seven ex boyfriends if he wants to date her. So we know he'll have seven battles before the film ends, which just had me completely bored. To make matters worse, the fights are all physical, presented in video game combat style. First of all, I'd rather see something else besides seven actual fights, and secondly, if did want to see these fights, I could just watch someone play one of the countless versions of Tekken. Of course, there's more going on in the movie than these seven showdowns, but what does transpire is no better than the anything we've seen in other Michael Cera romantic comedies. The film has the same hipster style, oddball characters, and awkward Michael Cera humor that fills the rest of his mediocre movies. As for the movie's unique visual style, I found it to be irritating and not really as innovative as it was claimed to be. Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) blots the screen with words and distractions. It's not clever, just different, which isn't always a good thing. There's a select group of people who adore this movie: the people who love the graphic novel it's based on, and the people who love the culture the movie depicts. This movie has true fans, and then nobody else. I'm part of the latter category.

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