Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Oh Scott Pilgrim what went wrong? This film deserved big bucks but didn’t even make it’s production cost, let alone advertising or a profit. I guess some people didn’t get it. The adverts made it look weird, less like a straight forward comedy and more madness. Which is correct I suppose? Then again Michael Cera is indie crack, he should have drew in people by the flocks. You could argue the target audience just got it from Pirate Bay, but surely this is something you’d want to watch on the big screen. I mean this film did half as well as Bridesmaids and is atleast twice as good.
Essentially Scott Pilgrim is a glossy coming of age nerd rom com with awesome CGI battles every now and then with a bad ass soundtrack. This film is dense though; the plot cheekily starts slowly and innocently before losing its shit on the opening credits and rocketing through joke after joke. The comedy is good too, there is plenty of slapstick and absurd humour but the film is no stranger to wit. There’s this one seen when Scott tells Ramona (love interest B) “I dreamt about you, is that odd” to which replies “No, there’s an interdimensional rift through your head I often use to speed up delivery (to Amazon.ca no less)” that reminds me distinctly of Douglas Adams, I’m surprised no one has coined this as a “Hitchikers Guide” for the YouTube generation. Pop up boxes and HUD crop up with fantastic one liners and visually this is one of the absolute best films ever, for a comedy it’s totally unique to have twin headed techno dragons fight punk rock monsters (this happens by the way) The number of memorable seems is silly high too, this is a film I’ve watched 3 times already and could easily watch again.
I’ve heard people complain the characters are poorly fleshed out and hard to relate with, but I just can’t buy that. Scott himself is cleverly not the 80’s fat weezing nerd but instead good looking but immature nerd. Cera carries off the charm to make him an affable man baby and you never doubt he loves Knives (love interest A) and Ramona; it’s just that his situation is born out of awkwardness not malice. Ramona isn’t shallow either, she plays mystique but some scenes clearly show her to be just as fragile and immature as Scott. Everyone argues Scott should have gone with Knives but ironically for the youngest she’s the most mature one, wanting Scott to meet her parents and talking about relationship; she sums it up at the end “Go to [Ramona], anyways, I’m too cool for you”. Furthermore everyone has an arc in this, the drummer gets over Scott, the coffee waitress gets back with the lead singer, the nerd gets to be in the band he adored, I could go on and on. The supporting cast play blinders, with most characters stealing scenes. Special kudos to Kieran Culkin, who is hilarious in every second of screen time. It also doesn’t hurt that the females are gorgeous either, too often it's hard to see why the couple must fight for each other but I’d risk my life 7 times for a punk Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
I recommend those who haven’t seen it definitely check this out. I also recommend those who saw it and don’t put it in their top 5 comedies watch it again, I have no idea how you managed that.
I’d also like to recommend the sound track, which is a really good Beck album with fantastic contributions, including a James Brown esque gospel ode to adolescence, a sleazy bed track, a grand Evanesence-ish pop song and the best 8-bit song you’ll here anywhere. If you don’t know who Beck is you must absolutely check it out, the man is a genius. It isn’t a soundtrack really either, much more a collection of really good songs with a similar theme from different artists, which makes for a terrific album.