Friday, August 13, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs The World is the best movie I've seen in the theater this year*!

It had to happen eventually, Scott Pilgrim vs The World has finally been released. I've been eagerly awaiting this for some time now. So, since I had the day more or less off of work, I went to go see it.

A few things you should know about the movie.
-It's the oldest story: Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy must defeat girl's 7 evil exes. I know, it's been done to death.
-The movie is based on a collection of 6 graphic novels written by Bryan Lee O'Malley.
-The comics are better than the movie. Of course they are. It's six books condensed into about two hours.

It's worth noting here that the movie was made before the sixth and final book was written and released. The end of the movie and the end of the books are pretty different from each other. By all other accounts though, it's a pretty faithful adaptation of the story.

Some quick thoughts.
-Most of the cast was dead on perfect. Mary Elizabeth Winstead was amazing as Ramona Flowers. Jason Schwartzman was awesome as Gideon Graves. Michael Cera was average as Scott Pilgrim. He worked for the role, but just barely.
-Kieran Culkin basically stole every scene he was in.
-The fights were so kick ass!

All in all, it was a fun movie. The characters are great, the story was coherent and the acting was overall very good. I cannot recommend the movie enough. Especially if it gets you to read the comics.

*Scott Pilgrim vs The World is the only movie I've seen in the theater this year.