Saturday, August 28, 2010
Scott Pilgrim Rules My World
I saw Scott Pilgrim last night, and it was 8 kinds of awesome. Maybe 9 kinds. Never has a movie made me want to play video games and be in love simultaneously. Sadly, the two are so often mutually exclusive.
I think the success of the film is mostly attributable to Edgar Wright, who appears to have the golden touch. Sure, he’s sticking with his nerd roots, but he knows those roots really well. I watched Hot Fuzz this week, and forgot how well planned it is. I’m a much bigger Shaun of the Dead fan, so remembered well how good it is. He picks his genre films, buddy cop, zombie and comic book respectively, and just nails them. They’re both homages and prime examples of the genre.
This film nailed comics. Ang Lee tried to make his comic film, The Incredible Hulk, and was notoriously unsuccessful when trying to get the feel of a comic book. Wright gets it right on. And where this particular comic is so based in music and video games, his focus on those elements was equally successful.
The cast was good, though I feel less noteworthy than the structure of the film. A friend had told me earlier in the day how Michael Cera reminds her of a Chihuahua, so I kept seeing him as one, which was a bit distracting. But generally everyone performed admirably. The movie was so packed to the gills that every part was small, but they all worked together well.
That review really didn’t express how fun the movie is. You should go see it because it’s fun. The film-making side of the movie is what impressed me, but what made it a great movie was that it was a great time. Go see it.