Monday, August 16, 2010
Scott Pilgrim Vs. My Blog's Supposed Point
I do realize that less than two weeks ago I waxed poetic in regards to clothes, shoes, and Rachel Zoe, and this is no circumvention of these pressing issues. My sporadic nature in writing must never reflect my clothing convictions, but….I really need to talk about Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.
Today’s first suggestion: Go see it! Like, now! I don’t care if you can only find a pair of Crocs to throw on as you race out the door. I’ll allot you this one exception because you just really need to go see this movie as soon as humanly possible. I am wondering, though, why on God’s green Earth you still own a pair of Crocs to grab after the countless discussions we’ve had and the admonishments with which I’ve gifted you. Never mind, just go! I’ll wait.
2 hours later
Commencement of Excitedly Inane, Incoherent Dialogue: (At this point I take no responsibility for grammar. You have been warned) Did you LOVE IT! I knew you would! The dialogue was all over the place. Sort of rapidly reserved without being pretentious. And the Smashing Pumpkins/Seinfeld/Anime/Mortal Kombat references along with a billion others! Awesomeness! And you did not have to “get” the references in order to appreciate them entirely. Like, I’m not a Seinfeld fan. Look, Larry David is hysterical and all, but Seinfeld just wears me out. But the scene where Michael Cera is running around the apartment like Kramer with the music and laugh tracks appropriately queued is hysterical. It’s also awkward and uncanny because you’ve been launched from an "indie romance x Sailor Moon " sort of ambiance into primetime comedy. Two Words: In-Genius. You’re right; that’s one word. And the music was fresh and innovative without being all in your face like, “Hey, I’m young people’s music, and I have to be esoteric, unintelligible, and unpalatable in order to feel that my profound, young person-type thoughts are appropriately validated.” Not at all! The musicians totally delivered innovative, dynamic tracks without being stymied by one particular genre. And THANK YOU, Michael Cera! THANK YOU, Jason Schwartman! A resounding THANK YOU to director, Edgar Wright, and the rest of the cast! But particularly to Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman for fighting the good and fight and constantly rebuffing roles in films such as American Pie, Step Up, American Pie 2, Dude Where’s My Car, What Happens in Vegas, American Wedding…this list could go on for while. Instead, you’ve brought us films like Rushmore, Paper Heart, Marie Antoinette, Youth in Revolt, Shopgirl, and Arrested Development (yes, the film is happening!). Michael, we’ll forget about that whole Year One…thing. I can see how you thought it would be funny….wait, Reader, have you not actually seen Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, yet? Then why are you reading this?! My thoughts probably seem totally vapid and nonsensical. Go see it, and then come back and read this. It will totally make sense then.
Appropriate, Coherent, and Shortened Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a delightfully engaging film filled with whim and nostalgia. Imaginative cinematography enchants the eye, as an eclectic soundtrack provides a collective appeal. Michael Cera effortlessly entertains with his trademarked awkward, vulnerable, yet endearing banter and avoids character stagnation by delivering a new and effective characteristic: Anger. Each cast member successfully personifies a unique character with a finely tuned wit but without distracting from the lead. In Living Color’s ‘Men on Film’ would give SPVTW two snaps in a “z” formation. Please patronize this film.
For Those Concerned with Fashion: All of the clothes are really cool. Go see it.
Oh, and a big shout out to Satya Bhabha for his portrayal as Matthew Patel. Wow!