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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a more fitting title than the team behind this film understands.  I went to see this on the opening Saturday night at the 7:00 show and the theater was filled with 14 people.  Could it be that America is so uninterested in originality and something they've never seen before that this movie will become a flop?  I sure hope not.  It's hard to describe this film to people who haven't seen it.  You could say that it's a romantic comedy about hipsters in bands where the actors had to learn Kung Fu to film it.  Another way could be what a video game about falling in love would look like.  If any of that sounds slightly appealing to you, then don't walk...run to see this.  Scott Pilgrim is an awkward, skinny guy in a band who falls in love with a girl.  So naturally for a role like that the go-to guy is, of course, Michael Cera.  The guy is still funny but I wonder how long he's gonna ride that "I'm Michael Cera playing Michael Cera" out.  I also wonder what the perpetually-looking 15-year-old will look like when he's 50.  Within the first 3 minutes of this movie, director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) takes you out of reality.  It's not a sudden jump into the pool though; he eases you into it.  Trust me, you need to dip your toes into his world first because otherwise people would get up and leave if we suddenly saw how bizarre it will get by the end.  The "fantasy" that Wright takes us to is treating Scott Pilgrim's romance like a video game.  And like any good video game it has to have levels and in this case it's defeating his new love, who's played by the stunningly gorgeous Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Live Free or Die Hard, Grindhouse), who has 7 Evil Exes.  And yes, that even means that when Scott defeats them they turn into coins!!  Everything about this movie is full throttle - the comedy, the action, the editing, the directing.  It's hands-down one of the most aggressively creative movies I've seen in the last decade.  It's based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley but brought to life with the attention to detail that 300 was.  The only complaint with the film is that it does get a little long in some parts and feels like it forgets it's a comedy.  But those moments don't last more than five or six minutes and we're right back to the bizarreness.  It takes me back to my original point though - will this film be seen by the amount of people it deserves to be?  If my screening is any indication, the answer is no.  That's really too bad for Scott Pilgrim.  I don't want to see The World win this battle. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World  (Rated PG-13) Gavin Grade: A-

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