Wednesday, August 18, 2010

We are Sex Bob-omb!

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was released on August 13th and we are big enough nerds that we saw it at the midnight showing.

We loved it. Of course we did - we fit smack dab into the target market. The problem with movies like Scott Pilgrim is that they are directed at extreme niche audiences (Hence the poor box office showing). In this case, that niche audience is (roughly) 18-30 year olds with a deep affinity for video games, comics, and geek culture in general. If you fall too far outside this niche, Scott Pilgrim is not the flick for you.

Now for the good parts: The movie is based on the 6 volume series by Bryan Lee O'Malley. As an adaptation it works very well because it does not alienate non-readers, but pays serious tribute to the source material. Fans of the series will be delighted with the little details and new fans will get the story without needing to refer to the books. (Although, I definitely recommend reading the series if you haven't. It's hilarious and gives some awesome back story.) The music is appropriately hipsterish (as it is written by Beck, it couldn't be anything but) and video game/comic book references abound. The secondary characters absolutely make the movie - personal favorites were Kim Pine (Allison Pill) and Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin). The movie was cast very well, although Michael Cera is a little too sweet to be playing Scott Pilgrim. The special effects are definitely theater-worthy and it is a perfect date movie if, like me, you are not a fan of the sickeningly sweet "romantic" flicks (Eat Pray Love, I'm looking in your direction!) Hollywood churns out these days. It also doesn't hurt that it's directed by Edgar Wright, the genius behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

The bottom line . . . if you like the trailer, you'll like the movie. Behold:

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