...Scott Pilgrim wins...1000 points and an extra life!
The Scott Pilgrim vs. The World trailer has been parked at the bottom of the blog for the past month or so. I have made no bones about the fact that I have been looking forward to this film for some time now.
I was not disappointed.
The Reel Rhino has been accused of being slightly too critical of late. I apologize for nothing...but, I do respect everyone's right to their own opinions about movies. I found DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS, THE OTHER GUYS, and SALT to be only slightly entertaining and I thought they were much more disappointing than anything, based mostly on the super-hype surrounding these star-studded flicks.
The drought is over (THANK GOD!).
The two share an awkward first date and one thing leads to another and Ramona decides to come see Scott and Sex Bob Omb play in the battle of the bands. It is at this battle that the real battle begins. Scott meets his first opponent from Ramona's LEAGUE OF EVIL EX'S. His task, if he wishes to date Ramona, is to defeat all seven of her EVIL EX'S. The first of his opponents is MATTHEW PATEL, played by Satya Bhabha in only his third acting role, per IMDB. This first battle is both exhilarating in its presentation and hilarious in its execution.
From here, things really take off! The full roster of the League of Evil Ex's includes PATEL as well as
- CHRIS EVANS as LUCAS LEE
- MAE WHITMAN as ROXY RICHTER
- BRANDON ROUTH as TODD INGRAM
- KEITA SAITOU and SHOTA SAITO as twins DJ's KYLE and KEN and KEN KATAYANGI
- JASON SCHWARTZMAN as GIDEON GORDON GRAVES
These battles are epic and throw in some year-old heartache thanks to the reappearance of Scott's EX, ENVY, and the pining of the recently dumped KNIVES, and you've got yourself quite an adventure.
Perhaps what is so remarkable is the conversion of Michael Cera into something resembling JET LI in terms of action film fighting ability. It is unrealistic, but it is this hyper-realism that brings us some of the most entertaining moments.
I loved this movie. I think it is worth a trip to the theater. My only regret is that I saw it projected from a film copy and not digital. I think this film will shine on a digital screen and my next trip to see it will be at a digital theater, I promise you that.
The 400 person auditorium was about 1/4 full and my audience was very responsive in both laughs and back-slapping chatter as folks left the theater, so I think the general reaction was good. Perhaps not everyone was as giddy like a schoolboy like me, but it is a fun, fun movie to watch.