I have to admit I had no idea what to expect going into this film. I knew nothing more than the trailer let on along with the fact that it was based off of a much loved graphic novel. Graphic novels along with nerds in general seem to be the trend in Hollywood right now. Yep, nerd is in, if you’re not accepted – then by Hollywood’s current standards, you’re the cool kid. Where was this trend when I was in high school?!
I really enjoyed the film despite my lack of awareness with the cult following. Between the recent events in Atlanta and my time at Comic Con last month, I feel like I’ve seen more cosplayers from this film than I have anything else this year. And it’s not hard to see why people love it. It’s a good story with lots of humor.
The plot behind Scott Pilgrim is simple. Boy falls for girl, and girl has 7 evil ex’s that must be defeated. Michael Cera brings his normal charm to the film playing Scott, a early twenties, jobless, bass guitarist. Scott doesn’t seem to have problems with the ladies despite his lack of employment and rather disturbing living situation (er.. sleeping arrangement with his gay roommate), and when he meets the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he’s determined to win her over. This means that there are going to be some intense and completely absurd fight sequences with Ramona’s less than desirable ex’s.
I attended a screening of the film last week here in Atlanta, and was actually quite surprised at how many people in the over 30 bracket walked out and did not return. This movie doesn’t seem to attract others that don’t fit into the target demographic. But if you’re a fan of the graphic novel, I’d be surprised if you weren’t in heaven. It’s fast-paced and hilarious, and I think the real emphasis should be placed upon the fact that it’s just different. It’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen before, and when there is uniqueness like that in Hollywood – You’ve done something right.
Review By: Emma Loggins