Friday, November 26, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

It's tough being a movie that has been adapted from another source. When it's a book, it's always hit or miss. When it's a comic, you should probably just break out the whiskey and start drinking. Fortunately, the adaptation of Brian Lee O'Malley's comic book turned out on the rather excellent side.

For those not familiar with it, the story revolves around Scott Pilgrim, who is dating a seventeen year old girl when a new girl, Ramona Flowers, bursts onto the scene and he tries to do anything to win her, including fighting her seven evil ex-boyfriends. The comic is mostly light-hearted, with a heavy dose of video game culture and wit to boot and is actually rather deep as well. I'm happy to say that the movie captures all of Scott's misadventures in near perfect glory, save for several parts here and there, but all in all, it's a great effort from a favorite director, Edgar Wright.

The hard sell on this movie for me, despite my love of the source material, was going to be Michael Cera. Don't get me wrong, I like him, but his delivery is starting to be on the same again and again side of things. In this, he's actually showing his chops and channeling the comic character with aplomb, save for some parts where the movie deviates from it and he falls back on his Michael Cera routine. Everyone else is pretty spot on from the comic, with great performances from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kieran Culkin to name a few. I can't really point out any I didn't like, though I might be able to on subsequent viewings.

If you like the books, check it out. If you like the movie, check out the books. If you like both, check out the game when the patch to stop all the freezing comes out.

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