Escape to the Movies: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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Zing:
Well, I saw this a couple of hours ago and I was a tiny bit disappointed. The film was incredibly fun, Wright's stylization was incredible, it was genuinely funny and also the fight scenes and action were epically cool.

However, I have to disagree with Bob's assessment of a "genuinely intelligent romantic comedy" I didn't really see anything other than "guy loves girl, has to fight for her against her 7 exes to gain her love", this seems rather caveman-ish to me, and not at all about real romance or the "human condition"

What? Did you go number 2 at the part where "Scott gained the power of self-respect!"? Alot of the reason scott does the fighting isn't entirely to gain ramona's love, but to mature, and grow as a character (which gaining the power of self-respect was a good metaphor...for).

Gah.. seems from early projections that Scott Pilgrim is going to end up 4th for the weekend. As much as I love it I guess I can still see it's clearly only going to be watched by a relatively small audience, but it still sucks. This movie deserves to be seen. Well, at least it's looking like Eat Pray Love isn't going to be at the top of the box office.

Im to old to enjoy tripe like this.

I'm sorry, but all I see from this is what I exactly what I see from No More Heroes.
An mediocre-looking movie but LOOK VIDEO GAME REFERENCES THAT MEAN'S IT'S GOOD RITE

But like NMH, i'll check it out.

Oh please, the first ten minutes of High Fidelity say more about life, love, relationships and meaningful pop-culture than Scott Pilgrim could ever even attempt to squeak out via the chinless apparition that is Michael Cera.

MasochisticMuse:

Aiddon:
plus Michael Cera is a great actor

Hahaha - no. Michael Cera plays one character over and over again. Ask him to step out of his comfort zone and play a different character and I'm sure he'd fail miserably. Much like Steve Carrel.

SpiderJerusalem:
Oh please, the first ten minutes of High Fidelity say more about life, love, relationships and meaningful pop-culture than Scott Pilgrim could ever even attempt to squeak out via the chinless apparition that is Michael Cera.

Wow there sure is a lot of Michael Cera hate here, I know he isn't anything special, but I expected a lot more support for him since the site seems to really love Arrested Development (which he was great on)

Anyway.

OT: I actually wanna see this movie it looks fun...and...uhm...hip?

Just saw 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the world' last night, and I loved it. It was a good movie and it kept a lot of the charm of the books without a lot of the same jokes. Michael Sara made me nervous to see this movie but I'm really impressed by his performance. But as a big fan of the books, Knives Chau was made a much bigger character in the movie then in the book. I didn't like Knives that much but the movie was still good.

MasochisticMuse:

Aiddon:
plus Michael Cera is a great actor

Hahaha - no. Michael Cera plays one character over and over again. Ask him to step out of his comfort zone and play a different character and I'm sure he'd fail miserably. Much like Steve Carrel.

Would you say that the fact Scott Piglrim gets into a ton of fights and thus forcing Michael Cera to sell such fight scenes counts as a stretch for him? In order to prep for the roll Cera went through two months of intense combat training by Team Jackie Chan and is in many different types of fight scenes (one on one, wire-fu, multiple people, sword fights) and has come out of it with a really killer moves. I for one was amazed when I saw his Tae Kwan Do style roundhouse kick. What I'm trying to say is that in non of his previous roles did Michael Cera required so much physicality as Scott Pilgrim did.

G-Force:

MasochisticMuse:

Aiddon:
plus Michael Cera is a great actor

Hahaha - no. Michael Cera plays one character over and over again. Ask him to step out of his comfort zone and play a different character and I'm sure he'd fail miserably. Much like Steve Carrel.

Would you say that the fact Scott Piglrim gets into a ton of fights and thus forcing Michael Cera to sell such fight scenes counts as a stretch for him? In order to prep for the roll Cera went through two months of intense combat training by Team Jackie Chan and is in many different types of fight scenes (one on one, wire-fu, multiple people, sword fights) and has come out of it with a really killer moves. I for one was amazed when I saw his Tae Kwan Do style roundhouse kick. What I'm trying to say is that in non of his previous roles did Michael Cera required so much physicality as Scott Pilgrim did.

So it really was him and not a stunt-double? Damn that's awesome.

skylog:

So it really was him and not a stunt-double? Damn that's awesome.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?id=27377&page=article

There's proof

Jing the Bandit:
The movie was ridiculous, but that's entirely the point. My favorite part was Matthew Patel and his demon hipster chicks.

That was excellent yes! LOL and how he fries "Crash and the boys (and girl)"
Although I was NOT happy with the delivery of one of the greatest lines in the comic series, when Wallace is heckling the band from the balcony and the Crash says "This song is for the guy who keeps yelling from the balcony, and it's called "We Hate You, Please Die."
The delivery on that was terrible and actually didn't sound as funny as it should have.

Also, I guess I'm not as geek as I used to be because I have no idea what that image Bob showed us that we are supposed to be excited about is from. I guess I am fail on toast.

I want to watch it, after all, it's a movie with Gamer References.

quick megaman! thres 7 master robots and if you beat them to death; you get a bunch of loose change and a girl! GOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGO!

i'm just playing. looks good; and everyone i've talked to said it was a must see

Aside from the proposition of seeing Cera in a more challenging roll I can't say I'm sold on this. Comes off rather kiddy for my tastes.

I loved this movie. When they played the jingle in the spoiler below, I was grinning ear to ear.

I also agree with the review in that cramming all seven exes turned out to be the movie's Achilles heel. This may have been a candidate for a Kill Bill (split the movie into two smaller movies). I was actually really surprised that they decided to make it as long as it was.

G-Force:

skylog:

So it really was him and not a stunt-double? Damn that's awesome.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?id=27377&page=article

There's proof

Yea but parts were still computer generated.

OT: I liked it. It was good. Just not as good as I had hoped.

Loved the movie, picking up the blu ray n' the soundtrack as soon as possible. Agree with the review.

But someone really needs to run the definition of hipster by me again. I still don't quite get it. Am I a hipster because I drink PBR? Cuz PBR is a cheap but tasty beer. Is it because I have a high metabolism? Or because I play in a band? Because I listen to some obscure music that's not metal? I'm just trying to wrap my head around it.

I heard a humorous quote somewhere that the definition of an alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do. Sounds more or less like that could be applied to the hipster (someone you don't like who dresses in a way you don't like). I'd love to have some input here. Because (to me) it comes off like yet another way to generalize an entire generation of kids/young adults who people think look weird and enjoy weird things.

Though I usually agree with Moviebob on his reviews, I'm surprised that what he liked most about the movie I didn't.

I loved Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and all its over the top style and action, but I would have liked them to play up the romantic aspect of it. I usually like Cera's acting style but the Pilgrim character was not very likeable. While I don't expect him to be the idealized Mary-Sue Bob describes, they should have played his nicer side up along side the awkward geek that Cera is so often typecast as. It certainly would have made me more forgiving on his treatment of pretty much every female role in this film.

I went in there hoping for one part Kung-Fu Hustle one part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (With a dash of Kick Ass for good measure) and I walked out completely happy with that action aspect. I just felt that the relationship between Scott and Ramona fell flat.

For those of you who keep missing that odd picture reference, it's the box art to the supposedly very horrible NES game (I've never played it before myself) Clash at the Demonhead. Also the name of a rival band featured in the movie.

JacobPlackett:
I'm sorry, but all I see from this is what I exactly what I see from No More Heroes.
An mediocre-looking movie but LOOK VIDEO GAME REFERENCES THAT MEAN'S IT'S GOOD RITE

But like NMH, i'll check it out.

That's what I assumed it was going to be (albeit in a more positive attitude), though after watching it I must say that I could find nothing wrong with the movie, except its length, which is fine with me since it's never slow and keeps your attention.

Just the camerawork and special effects alone are amazing, the presentation and story (though I felt it to be a 'typical' love triangle sorta thing, nothing too new) are great too. I was laughing more than I thought I would, and Michael Cera and all the other cast do a fantastic job.

Oh, mustn't forget... THE FIGHT SCENES ARE EPIC.

They are extremely well though out and will definitely be my drive to watching the movie again.

AgentNein:
Loved the movie, picking up the blu ray n' the soundtrack as soon as possible. Agree with the review.

But someone really needs to run the definition of hipster by me again. I still don't quite get it. Am I a hipster because I drink PBR? Cuz PBR is a cheap but tasty beer. Is it because I have a high metabolism? Or because I play in a band? Because I listen to some obscure music that's not metal? I'm just trying to wrap my head around it.

I heard a humorous quote somewhere that the definition of an alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do. Sounds more or less like that could be applied to the hipster (someone you don't like who dresses in a way you don't like). I'd love to have some input here. Because (to me) it comes off like yet another way to generalize an entire generation of kids/young adults who people think look weird and enjoy weird things.

Yeah, that's pretty much how the term is used. The hipster stereotype is one of a pretentious douchebag who buys clothing from "edgy" stores and gadgets from Apple, and listens to obscure music because they somehow think it makes them better than everyone else. It's a very general term, and like most stereotypes, is not really very correct. And I've heard the word used in exactly that way, too--you dress the same, listen to the same music, drink the same beer, but he's a hipster because you don't like him. I, for one, embrace the term, because the people I know who would fall under the category are far more interesting than most people. Not generically edgy at all.

And honestly, I'm not quite sure about the PBR. It's always seemed to me like local brands were more of a hipster thing...

Okay, here's what I got from it.

"For me, what works best about the movie is Scott Pilgrim himself. In that we're not really forced to like him right off the bat. Too often romantic comedies about hapless romantic underdogs are built on idealized self-projections of writers or directors AKA the "Mary Sue" character. Sensitive, thoughtful young man, whose only hurdle is getting women to understand how much better for them they are, than the macho jerks they usually date.

Michael Cera has specialized in this kind of role [Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist] up until now. While Scott IS sensitive and thoughtful, he's also a real jerk. He's whiny, selfish, shallow and he shamelessly milks his innate helplessness for female sympathy. So all the fighting is less about proving himself to Ramona, whose already lived enough of life to have him pretty well figured out. Then it is about getting a healthy helping of "Get over yourself" beaten into him. Granted he's doing it in the rough context of a "Mega-Man" game but hey, baby steps.

-- Even setting aside the geek appeal and the boss fights, it's a genuinely intelligent romantic comedy with a lot more to say about romance and the human condition than a privilege class naval gazing tripe like "Eat Pray Love" probably ever will."

I've seen this movie twice now. And I loved it both times. Micheal Cera did a fantastic job, and the supporting cast did a great job as well. The cinematography was amazing, but I wasn't expecting anything less. This movie delivered, and lived up to my expectations.
Plus I'm happy that I can rub it in my friend's faces that I was right about Micheal Cera doing an awesome job. As I told them, Micheal Cera is known for playing the awkward, nerdy type. Scott Pilgrim is awkward and nerdy but what makes him different than any other role he played, is that Cera had to kick some ass. And he did.

I went out and saw this movie, not a hour ago. and i want my money back. it is the THIRD worst movie i have EVER seen.

The first being Eragon.
And the second being Twilight.

Clash at deamonhead is a fun if ridiculous game.

I really LOVE this movie, but I can see how the movie really only appeals to a very limited number of people.

Nurb:
Then he's going to be Ex #8 battling her next violent boyfriend.

Gideon tried that in the comic, holmes. No hard feelings.

Erherm, I dont get the Micheal Cera cynics of the world out there.

Yea, Micheal Sera plays the same part for every movie he's in. But can't that be said about, ya know, 95% of actors. Your not going to see Bruce Willis in Eat Pray Love, and your not going to see Julia Roberts in Die Hard. While they occasionally change things up (6th sence and Sleeping with the Enemy, for example), you will always see a certain type of actor play a certain type of role. Im sure Micheal Sera will play something other then just the teenage kid who wants the girl in a movie eventually, but until then, back off I'd say. Plus, the movies he's in generally arent that bad.

erherm, as for Scott Pilgrim, Im glad to see this series is getting recognition from more mainstream outlets. Most people probably never heard of the series before, and its nice to see it get attention. I for one enjoyed MovieBobs review of it (as I do 99% of the time), and plan to see it whenever the hell I can get to the theater.

When will Michael Cera ever play someone with a personality? He seems to have one tone of voice, and very small emotion changes.

The movie was good. Real good, similar to the comic books. For the first, say, two or three books I only liked the series, thinking it would probably end up being more inauthentic hipster/vidyagamer douchebaggery--but so cleverly and wittily packaged that I could forgive it. And then, lo and behold, it ended up being a lot realer and more honest than I thought possible. The best thing about it all is that, when reading through this comment thread, the posts I can best imagine as coming from a character in Scott Pilgrim are all the people who hate Scott Pilgrim. It really is a true-to-life portrayal, in a lot of ways.

Looks like the blogosphere wasn't enough. 10.5 million opening weekend. 5th at the boxoffice. Not good, not good. Part of me is kind of happy, though.

The no more heroes thing did make me feel a little tingly in my neather regions. I REALLY REALLY love that game more for it's spirit and sensibilites than anything else and egarly await seeing this movie. Looks like the same kind of bat shit insane fucking awesomeness as NMH escept maybe not quite as out there.

Now all holywood has to do is bring us a Beyonetta film. Or at least find someone that looks like Beyonetta, "Japanese Acid based ultra-voilent misogyne porn" is about the genre it fits into.

Uber Waddles:

Your not going to see Bruce Willis in Eat Pray Love

Actually this is something a LOT of people either don't know or just keep forgetting. Willis' big break was NOT Die Hard, but instead the television show Moonlighting. Willis was the ROMANTIC COMEDY LEAD when he became a star. So Willis going to stuff like The Sixth Sense or even Pulp Fiction was him going back to his roots as an actor as opposed to trying to make an actor out of an action star.

If I am not mistaken, I just saw a post release trailer with review blurbs that quoted "One of the best movies of the year." attributed to Bob Chipman. Awesome.

Finally saw it with some buddies and you were 100% fucking correct. This film kicked seven different kinds of ass and I savored all of it. My only complaint is that the beginning is a little slow for my tastes. And while I understand it was necessary for character development, this is a problem I also had with Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. Regardless, when the fun started, it didn't let up for a damn second. All in all, great movie, sadly under appreciated this weekend, but nonetheless it has won its way into my top 5 of the year.

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