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Skippy Goes To The Movies! “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” August 20, 2010

Posted by Skippy in Movies.
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Verdict: I can’t really say I liked or didn’t like this movie.

Unlike “The Other Guys,” I can’t really say, “Go see this movie!” Unlike “Dinner For Schmucks,” I can’t say, “Burn this movie and never think of it again!” It was a serviceable movie with a few chuckles, likeable leads and stylish, almost surreal cinematography. However, there’s something I can’t quite put my finger on that doesn’t really land with me. I didn’t think I’d wasted my money, but I am quite certain that I won’t go back to the theater to see it again. I’m more likely to go see “The Other Guys” again—seriously, that was a funny ass movie.

I think part of the problem was that I really, really was looking forward to seeing this movie. The trailers were downright awesome. Even the TV ads made me think, “I MUST see this movie, now!” So, perhaps the anticipation was much more appealing than the product itself, like Christmas day when you finally get to play with the toy you bugged your parents to buy you all frickin’ year…and then you play with it exactly one time.

The premise is fairly simple: Scott Pilgrim is a slacker rocker who is dating a high-schooler. Apparently, his sister, his ex, and some random woman all hate him for whatever reason. Everyone seems to think that Pilgrim is a ginormous douchebag, but the audience only gets that in rather broadly drawn ways. Anyway, he meets Ramona Flowers and is in lurve. Unfortunately, he has to fight her seven evil exes.

Again, don’t get me wrong, this movie was nice. However, I think the Michael Cera backlash maybe justified for a reason. As much as I loved Arrested Development—and I did love Arrested Development—I don’t know if Michael Cera has much range beyond “confused slacker/dork.” His Scott Pilgrim might as well have been Arrested Development’s George Michael Bluth all grown up. Cera’s a nice enough guy, but I would really like to see him do something than “adorkable slacker.”

The character of Ramona Flowers was rather underdeveloped. She bordered on completely uninteresting. I’d love to know what made her so damned irresistible to these exes of hers.

The most interesting conceit of the movie was its surrealistic approach to reality. Sound effects showed up as visible words (“thonk” “POW!”); in some ways, this was more of a comic book movie than any comic book movies that have come out in the past few years. The fight scenes were easily the best thing about this movie; as such, I didn’t think I completely wasted my money. That said, I easily could’ve waited for this come out on DVD.

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