‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ confirms that graphic novels serve as a great source for innovative and entertaining films. The film stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and the totally hot Brie Larson in a skillful adaptation of a graphic novel where the quest for loves plays out like a video game. That’s actually a pretty horrible explanation, but suffice it to say that you’ve never seen anything quite like this, and you’ll love it.
This film contains several elements of an awesome movie. Great acting, karate fights, hot young women, and a compelling plot and moves at a fast pace. Scott (Cera) falls for Ramona (Winstead), but in order to have her to himself, he must take on her seven exes, in brawls that mimic Mortal Kombat and similar video games. The real star of the film may be the directing, the scene transitions are really cool, and the film captures a love story, great fighting, and a comedy all in one.
The tragedy here is that this film will probably get massacred at the box office this weekend. Stallone has another idiot festival out this weekend. Personally, when I want to see steroid-filled wash-ups, I watch the Redskins. Julia Roberts is starring in one of these chicken soup for the soul movies aimed at inspiring audience members. Do you know what inspires me? Good movies like ‘Scott Pilgrim.” If you love movies, make this your choice for the weekend.
Besides being action-packed and hilarious, this film delves into some interesting issues regarding human relationships. It speaks primarily to people’s instincts to settle rather than take a chance with someone else. The film also addresses the consequences when a person cannot conduct the simple exercise of telling another person precisely how they feel. When a film is able to address issues that speak to the human condition in a fun and compelling manner, rather than in such a way that makes the audience want to puke, then you know you have a winner of a film.
‘Scott Pilgrim’ is now playing at Regal Gallery Place in Chinatown. My favorite part of the movie involves the superhero-like powers of the stars. Let’s first acknowledge that Batman is the greatest hero ever, because he has no super powers, he just has a ton of money, the best equipment, a dark past that inspires him, and a great mind. He’s like the guy who runs Goldman Sachs. But, if you could have a super-power, what would it be?
The answer to that question depends on whether you want to be a hero or a villain. I think a good villain power would be the ability to turn into other people, like a shape-shifter. It would give you great access and the ability to hide in plain sight. For a superhero, I think something like Wolverine would work. If the villains know you are indestructible, I think they would give up. Leave your ideas for super-powers in the comment section, and check this movie out this weekend.