It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No! It’s Scott Pilgrim flying into theaters! Many of us here at the blog have won advanced passes to see Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World with a lot of fan boys and even the professional critic John Serba. Needless to say we are all pretty excited for the show. Just to put it a little more clearly, here are a few reasons as to why excitement for this movie is warranted:
1. Michael Cera
Michael Cera is simply put, underrated. The guy is a pretty fine actor and has demonstrated so on many an occasion. Perhaps the finest example is his supporting role in Juno, in which he showed himself capable of acting alongside major talent. Unfortunately, he has never really had a lead role in a movie quite like this. One could argue that Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist was a big opportunity for him but that film wasn’t exactly a career game-changer. There are legitimate fears too, that Cera could be typecast as playing the lovable, awkward, and dorky kid with a quirky sense of humor forever. Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World could be this actor’s big shot at showing off his talent and perhaps in a way that breaks his typecasting routine.
2. The Visuals
Anyone who has seen the trailer knows that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has definite potential to be jaw dropping eye candy. Very colorful, the thing is like looking at a big neon sign. It also has this sort of weird, vintage video game coming to life sort of thing going. Anyways, hopefully the movie looks as pretty as the preview.
3. Fight Scenes
Speaking of pretty, you know things are going to get violent in a movie about fighting super evil ex-boyfriends. Well, maybe. It’s pure speculation that there are going to be some epic battles but it would be cool to see a few. There have not been enough of these to be seen in 2010 yet.
4. It’s an adaptation
Before anyone begins to complain, this actually could be a good thing. Yes, there has been a shortage of original material lately. In this economy, it is rare for studios to risk money on new properties, and thus it is only expected that a stream of adaptions, remakes, and sequels are coming. That being said, not all of these are bad and the comic book of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World has received some praise, so hopefully this movie could turn the tide away from bad, cheesy adaptations, and into well-done, creative adaptations. Which would be good for every book slash video game slash comic book movie after it.
Let’s face it: 2010 hasn’t been a great year for film. Other than Inception and Toy Story 3 (and arguably a few lesser known flicks) there have been almost no memorably good movies coming out lately. The only thing left to do is just wait and hope that Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World breaks the trend.
Don't forget to look at YAMB's profiles of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick, and director Edgar Wright.