July 18, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST
July 18, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST
It was just a universe where Toons actually existed.
July 18, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST
by No time for Haters
I don't know. I can't place my finger on it, but nothing about the previews have me "excited" to see it. I will go check it out, cause I have enjoyed all of Edgar's films so far, but my enthusiasm is somewhat lacking.
July 18, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST
I wanna see this verra verra badly. Now that I've seen Inception, I am free to hotly anticipate this one. <p> I LOVE everything I've seen of Scott Pilgrim so far. Looks like a super-fun time at the cinema. Like Speed Racer.
July 18, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST
by Keanu Gives
As long as the performance and the movie work. So far the formula has worked extremely well and you have to give him credit for picking the right material (95% of the time). Im sure he's been offered tons of crappy teen flicks that could have meant good cash. At his age I would have said yes to any decebt paycheck. If you want to see the oposite case just look up Jon Heder.
July 18, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST
Thought it was "kind of meh"?
July 18, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST
July 18, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST
Simple... I saw the film at 10am last Monday after getting 12 hours rest in the prior 4 days worth of living. I was exhausted and fell asleep at 4 points for less than a minute each, but I was so tired... that it affected my judgement of the whole film. That was my state, not the film's. So I must wait till I see it totally awake and aware. I'm thinking of seeing it again Tomorrow.
July 18, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST
I'm hoping Scott Pilgrim will be the third.
July 18, 2010, 9 p.m. CST
...just wondering. And thanks for not reviewing it in your current ragged condition. Traveling always kicks my ass, too.
July 18, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST
Why no trailer this summer?
July 18, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST
Gets plenty of other love here so it dont need mine.
July 18, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST
I'll preface this by saying that I have faith in Edgar Wright and I love a lot of the talent in this movie (I'll be at this opening night). BUT the trailer is, how can I put this...? Terrible. It was booed at my midnight Inception screening (the same screening brought cheers for Tron Legacy and The Town). The trailer is entirely inaccessible to non-gaming audiences and some of the lines (which I have no doubt work in the actual movie) come off horribly in the trailer: "What are you doing?" "I'm getting a life!"
July 18, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST
I love the books and want to love this film but the trailers just aren't doing it for me. I am far more excited about the 6th book than the film. From where I am standing it hasn't translated to film but I will go see it. I am also very curious to see how it does at the box office, I hope it doesn't bomb but I don't seeing it being a huge hit either.
July 18, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST
...a man not short of invention. I'm sure he'll deliver as usual. Still, I'd like to meet the casting agent who insisted Cera was 'just right' for the part and show 'em 'Year One'; 90 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
July 18, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST
by The Bicycle Sharer
It's not JUST that he plays the same character (I mean, shit, so did John Wayne and a host of other Hollywood luminaries). It's also the character he plays. Some find that character annoying. I know, personally, my wife is getting/has gotten sick of it. Played her the last "Scott Pilgrim" trailer and she was all, "Fuck, that guy again?!?!?" And then we discussed exactly what I'm saying now. We decided that it's not THAT he plays the same character, but the character that he plays.
July 18, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST
by The Bicycle Sharer
When she first started seeing Cera, she thought the dude was adorable. By the time of "Zombieland," she was definitely done.
July 18, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST
Michael Cera was in Zombieland?
July 18, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST
First, I LIKED HIM in Juno and Superbad. It worked. Nick and Nora was vastly inferior, but it had enough charm for me not to hate it. I've got a ton of nit-picks about it, don't get me wrong, but hey, I'm a sucker for films that take place over an entire night. Even the bad ones. It's just a time frame I really dig. Anyway, back on topic... I got worried with Nick and Nora about Cera, sorta in the same way M. Night Fans got nervous with Signs. He's just... the shtick is getting old, and interviews he even sounded like he does as those characters. So yeah, I got tired of it in everything after Nick and Nora, but going back and watching Superbad... it's good stuff. And SECONDLY (you know, this was about two things in his defense before it went all Nick and Nora rant), All the trailers for Scott Pilgrim are NOT showing him play the same stammering Superbad/Juno/Nick Nora kid. He's doing something different this time. More focused, and I kinda dig it. So there. I'm on the FunWagon, now gimmie a slice of fired gold.
July 18, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST
Fried gold. Sorry. Sleepy.
July 18, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST
I just don't like to be pandered to. Things like having a combo counter on the screen or "KO" appearing in big letters are like shooting fish in a barrel; just because someone hasn't really done it like this in a film before doesn't save it from being really obvious, and not especially interesting for it.<p>Also, there's a lot of flashy stuff and quick cuts and laser swords and whatever in the trailer, but nothing that makes you think the fights themselves are actually going to be any good. I'm sure I'll get on with it a lot better than I'm expecting from the trailer, but at the moment I'm thinking I will from the trailer, but of course, it doesn't even have a release date in Japan yet...
July 18, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST
I can't. I never read the comic so I'm going in on blind ambition. It looks good to me, the trailer is fantastic (the last one is the better one though), and it has Edgar attached. I have no idea why people are worried about this. MAYBE the people who read the comic have some issues but as for me it looks stellar.
July 18, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST
July 18, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST
So Cera is in it, pish. It still looks like the bees knees anyway. Also that was Jesse Eisenberg in Zombieland. Sure he looks like Michael Cera a little, but completely different actors.
July 18, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST
Cera may not have much range, but he picks roles that are right for what he can do. Keanu has been making it work for him since he failed in Dracula. Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford, and countless others pick the stuff that fits their personality so that they don't have to branch out. I think geeks tend to pick on the new guy, especially if he looks kinda wimpy.
July 18, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST
I really haven't read a ton of it, but other than an occasional somber tone that's seldom seen in Edgar's work (ok, maybe moments of Spaced) the style seems PERFECT for him. What I'm not clear on though is if this is just book two (Vs. The World is the title of the second in a six part series) or is based the series with no intention of their being sequels and prequels.
July 18, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST
by Arch Nemesis
what about your Predators review then? I know it came out like a whole week ago, but so what, I (we) wanna know what you thought. I loved it, forget all of the haters out there, and I know you seemed psyched about it, so....c'mon, man!
July 18, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST
July 18, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST
And then PROMISE US THAT YOU WILL ALLOW AT LEAST 4 OR 5 GREEN HORNET REVIEWS FROM YOUR STAFF IN JANUARY. AND THAT YOU YOURSELF WILL REVIEW IT. <p> Only then can you make up for the humiliation regarding COP OUT.
July 18, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST
and jesse eisenberg need to star as brothers in a film where they fight the father-son team of ed helms and mclovin
July 18, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
I just hope Wright does a better job of it than Shyamalan did with the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
July 18, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST
I actually liked this article, but I have to say if you WANT to bring your readers in on this movie, the way to do it is to NOT flood the site with every last piece of Scott Pilgrim news from every last site contributor as the release date approaches. I don't know if you've noticed (and I don't have any graphs or whatever so maybe I'm less qualified to make this statement than you), but whenever you guys flog a particular movie into the ground, no matter how cool it may legitimately be, a certain backlash/fatigue tends to develop. HOWEVER, I do agree with all of your other points in theory, including your love of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Paper Heart.
July 18, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST
In case you were wondering. I think this one of those movies I will like no matter what, even if it is universally panned by critics. Just seems to play to my tastes and I never seem to get sick of George Michael Bluth.
July 18, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST
July 18, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST
We have been worried about your health scares and subsequent conspicuous absence.
July 18, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST
by Joe Huber
week? I know there were slim pickings but did you forget? From the sounds of it you were too busy.
July 18, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST
by Joe Huber
Hot Tub Time Machine. Hilarious stuff! He stole the show.
July 18, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST
LOVE Spaced, Shaun, Hot Fuzz and play lots of video games, but I don't connect with those characters in the trailers (probably because I'm old). Just doesn't look like there's anything in this movie for me (as much as I'd love to support Edgar Wright).
July 18, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST
July 18, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST
sucked mightily. Don't hate Cera but that flick has just what Cera does in all his movies...Blue Balls
July 19, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST
Inception. Best picture.
July 19, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST
Hope this movie fails mightily
July 19, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST
You have waited a week to see it again. That kind of says everything. Ouch. I saw Inception opening day. I usually see a movie I love enough to watch again within a day or two. I still haven't seen it again. I liked it. I didn't love it. I watched Knight and Day this weekend instead. I was thinking of seeing The Sorcerer's Apprentice again this weekend. Both B movies but fun. I spent the last couple days watching all the other Nolan films I can get my hands on. The Prestige, Insomnia, Batman Begins and just finished getting chills hearing Gary Oldman call Batman The Dark Knight. Next up Memento. Damn these get better each time I watch them. Ok. Actually. Now that I've seen all of these again I am starting to want to give Inception another go round. Yep.
July 19, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST
If this movie did really well in the box office and they realized that Brandon Routh is a great Superman and he needs to play him again. THAT would be really awesome.
July 19, 2010, 12:44 a.m. CST
god i wish we could pretend the last Superman never happened. why did they have to give him a kid? that kid is what kills Brandon's chance of coming back. they are gonna have to reboot without the kid. there's no where to go with a kid. sucks so bad cause i can't imagine anyone else doing superman and clark as well as Brandon did.
July 19, 2010, 12:46 a.m. CST
i know that kids might hate him cause he's passe now and jerkoffs who don't like arrested development will hate him for having been on arrested development but he's got the best comic timing since fucking... well... everyone else on arrested development. goddamnit that show was a fucking treasure of comedy performances and writing. mother fucker.
July 19, 2010, 1:09 a.m. CST
July 19, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST
I think it's the only movie I've ever been unable to finish in theatres other than the TRAILER PARK BOYS movie.
July 19, 2010, 1:23 a.m. CST
by Dr Sidney Schaefer
By far the best of the bunch, you get a much better sense of the film's humour.
July 19, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST
Your right, Cera's impeccable comedic timing was really highlighted in Year One. And he didn't ride the coattails of a brilliant ensemble in Arrested. Again, don't hate him, but don't get the adoration. His stock would go up in my book if a writer/director would let him seal the deal with a female lead instead of getting in his own way and muffing it up every time.
July 19, 2010, 1:30 a.m. CST
This movie just isn't for me. Maybe if I was 11 or 12. And I did like Cera in Arrested Development, but on the other hand, he was a total a-hole when it came time to make the movie version. So he cancels himself out when it comes to Arrested Development. And the Scott Pilgrim comic bothers me. Why can't they print it the same size as all other comics? It just looks like something only a little kid could really get into.
July 19, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST
by Hardboiled Wonderland
Talkbackers don't want to see original ideas.
July 19, 2010, 1:42 a.m. CST
by Hardboiled Wonderland
He's really channelling Scrubs in Pilgrim. Still looks like a lot of fun though!
July 19, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST
the codecs are installed and they still want to force me to download their windows bloatware or I can't watch it? Fuck them. This thing is on YouTube. Watch it there.
July 19, 2010, 1:53 a.m. CST
Noticed an interesting thing about the little Gen-Ys lately...they're getting jaded as fuck, probably due to the recession (among other things). It's a refreshing reminder of how we Gen-Xers were back in the early 90s, and why such a meticulously calculated construct like this will likely fail with them...they don't like being pandered to.<p> The guys, anyway...all you need is shiny vampires to pander the living shit out of the girls...
July 19, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST
His shtick was okay for two movies -- maybe three, but that's as far as you can stretch a tired act like MC's scratch-voiced mid-pubescent ganglenerd bit. Actors are supposed to be able to act. Even comedians. No, I don't think Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell made more than two or three good movies apiece, either.
July 19, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST
1) Marketing - the main image, of Scott Pilgrim playing guitar, makes it look like a movie about some trust fund college kid who jams out alone in his bedroom, instead of a love story with shitloads of fighting. 2) Michael Cera - the guy dug his own hole. He doesn't act. He has a shtick. It's old. Audiences are tired of it. He needs to stretch. 3) SMUGNESS - the trailers' sense of humor reeks of a certain sort of self satisfied cleverness - a sense that the people involved think it's funny before we get a chance to judge for ourselves. And smugness is part of... 4) THIS SHIT JUST SEEMS OLD ALREADY - everything about Scott Pilgrim visualized as a film seems played out in the Zeitgeist. The retro Tees. The hairstyles. The videogame obsession. Culture in general is over and done with the same little comfortable bubble of adolsecent slacker stagnation in which the simple act of getting a girlfriend needs to be turned into a juvenile action film. All this said, I've loved Edgar Wright's work up to now. I LOVED Hot Fuzz. But the fact remains that this film has one huge problem - the same audience that was actually excited for Watchmen is the same small pool excited for Scott Pilgrim. That's a big problem to have a few weeks out.
July 19, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST
Cera's characters are witty without being snarky, that's his draw IMO. It might not even be his characters, he might just be like that in real life. The last trailer is great. I don't know how anyone can think it doesn't look like a fun movie. If you've seen Spaced then I don't know what to tell you if you don't like the idea of Edgar taking on a comic book movie.
July 19, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST
I don't get it. It's a romance story. It looks terrible.
July 19, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST
is like Mallrats mixed with Spaced mixed with video games. I like all three so I'll probably be happy.
July 19, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST
Aren't you like a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? This crap is right up your alley.
July 19, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
And though I enjoyed Edgar Wright's two films, I don't worship them the way Harry and others apparently do, I have never revisited them though and don't really have the desire to, so I think there's something definitely missing for me there too. But in spite of that, I still think this film looks like a load of fun andwill definitely be seeing this in theaters. Go figure, to each their own I guess.
July 19, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST
before this film was announced. I never really saw Cera in anything either. I had interest in this because of Edgar's previous works. Then I watched the trailer. Game Over. 90 seconds of Cera's pathetic whiney voice was enough to last me a lifetime. I appreciate that he probably won't come off like that for the entire duration of the film, but I couldn't even stand to listen to another 90 seconds of wimpish grizzling from that simpering twat.
July 19, 2010, 3:30 a.m. CST
Michael Cera is a 1 trick pony lame ass.
July 19, 2010, 3:49 a.m. CST
Won't be seeing this shit.
July 19, 2010, 4:05 a.m. CST
How old are you harry? For fuck's sake, grow up and start acting like an adult and maybe people will take you seriously as a genuine critic instead of an suck-up fanboy with a very dubious view on what actually makes a "good" movie.
July 19, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST
by Mr Gorilla
It all seems a bit in-jokey and meta. And in the end I really want to watch characters that on some level I believe as real. I believed in the two leads in SHAWN OF THE DEAD. But I didn't believe in the leads of indeed anyone in HOT FUZZ, it was all a bit like a comedy sketch. Now, the genius of people like Tarantino, in my humble opinion, is that the films are quite sketchy and meta, but the characters still feel real. I'm not sure Mr Wright is at that point. He's amazingly talented, but I would like to see him do something in the 'Real World'.
July 19, 2010, 4:55 a.m. CST
Looks good to me. Can't wait to see it.
July 19, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST
Not that I'm trying to. He's likeable and funny, is that really a bad shtick? He's a perfect lead for certain roles because he is. The director didn't have to pick him, he thought he was right for the part. Get over it.
July 19, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST
maybe these talkbacks are getting to me.......or maybe its that it is 7am and I've been up since....7am
July 19, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST
WTF? It should be inaccessible to non-gamers, because they seem to be trying to hit a specific target and not appeal to the mouth breathing masses. If it was booed in a theatre then that theatre was full of douchebags, that's the bottom line. These have been some of the coolest trailers in years. You're all welcome to your opinions, but the contrarian cunts in this place need to fucking wander off and die.
July 19, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST
But I think the reason some people are so resistant to worshipping at the Altar of Edgar Wright is because of unnecessary hyperbole like yours. Shaun and Fuzz are fun, kinetic films, and that does make Wright a great choice for Pilgrim, but they're not, imo, films to implode over.
July 19, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST
the studio had any confidence in the film. I've seen the trailers several times and what turns me off is the banality of the story. And the lameness of the film's rhythms. Scott's a dweeb, meets a girl out of his league, wants to date her but ... he has to fight. Then fight again. Then fight some more. And more. It's the same joke, told over and over. This might work for a comic book, where the reader waits in anticipation (over how many months?) for each new issue to come up with a more absurd variant of the original joke, but compressed into a movie it is a guaranteed bomb. This is coming from someone who thought "Youth in Revolt" was going to be a huge hit. So this is probably the end for Michael Cera which is sad but that's showbiz.
July 19, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST
And it looked bloody awful. I loved Shaun of the Dead, and really liked Hot Fuzz. But even with Edgar Wright at the helm the trailer for this looks abyssmal. <p>It doesn't help that Michael Cera is a complete turnoff from a movie. I liked him in Arrested Development and Superbad. He was okay in Juno. After that I realised that that mopey, nerdy character is ALL HE CAN DO. Since then, I've lost all interest in seeing him in a starring role. <p>Maybe I was in a bad showing of Predators, but after the trailer, you could hear a lot of comments in the audience that were all in agreement, which I'll sum up with a single comment that a guy a few rows back from me said loud enough for everyone to hear, "That looks like shit!" <p>Sorry, Edgar, but it does.
July 19, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST
Well I'll admit I am looking forward to this film but all this talk of Michael Cera being a one trick pony does make me think that the same can be said for Edgar Right. Every one of his films (which would be all 2 of them!) can be easily identifiable by the multiple use of jump cuts (something which was also prevalent in SPACED). That said... as long as the 'one trick' is entertaining then so what?!? I guess it's just his style and works for him. http://www.youtube.com/user/21stCenturyCat
July 19, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST
At least for me. Love Cera. Love Edgar. It's the movie itself. The plot. The premise. The style. It just all looka extremely lame. Just really, really lame.
July 19, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST
like it's trying waaaay too hard to be cool and appeal to teenagers but is missing the mark by a bunch
July 19, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST
Jay Baruchel.<p>Jessie Eisenberg.<p>Aaron Johnson.<p>Joseph Gordon Levitt (cream of).<p>Michael Cera has one role he keeps playing and bully for him. I'm tired of it. Every one of the above actors has stepped out of their easy typecast (maybe not super far, but still) and done interesting work. Cera hasn't.<p>I will still see SCOTT PILGRIM, and be happy, because Edgar fucking Wright. But Cera isn't a talent, he isn't special, he has the range of a paddleball and I'd be happy to never watch him in anything again.
July 19, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST
Joseph Gordon Levitt is an amazing actor. Jay Baruchel and Jesse Eisenberg likewise display some actual range from time to time, completely unlike Cera, who I have heard over and over is an ENORMOUS egotistical cunt in real life -- with absolutely no justification, given his utter lack of anything resembling talent.<br><br>Just like the atrocious, blimp-like Jonah Hill.
July 19, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST
The cast was at the movie awards to promote this and couldn't have cared less. I'm over the whole "too cool for school" thing. It's your job, at least act like you care a little about your new movie. If they don't give a fuck then why should we.
July 19, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST
he is playing on the poster. Also I love the way people are tired of Michael Cera because of his crappy performance in Zombieland. Hilarious! That was the exact same character he played in Adventureland!
July 19, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST
want to see this are just wrong. It's not some subjective judgement and everyone has a right to their own opinion thing, SP haters are objectively wrong. It's basic physics people.
July 19, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST
Will send my reactions later tonight, hopefully Harry will post them. SO EXCITED!!!!
July 19, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST
by Maynard G. Krebs
Sometimes the humor is too risque for a trailer and the best parts can't be shown. Sometimes a movie studio has no idea how to market an unusual film. Cera did display a little range outside of his meek guy persona in "Youth in Revolt" when he played his bad boy alter-ego. It might do him good to choose something different than what he's been doing.
July 19, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST
Is anyone talking about this movie?
July 19, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST
Hoping it will at least be as good as Kick Ass.
July 19, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST
you HOPE it does well, as otherwise it means you will be stuck with poor judgment on that screen name of yours - however, that name DOES tell me you're most likely leafy green - you know, like a PLANT
July 19, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST
If you don't get this film and think it's the funniest looking flick in a long time, then I pity you friend. I pity you.
July 19, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST
Bet you haven't dropped the dollars to go & see Cyrus, the man is Oscar bound in 2011... You can eat JH's turds when he gets all the glory & Levitt is still best remembered as being 4th banana on an ancient John Lithgow sit-com...
July 19, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST
July 19, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST
No, it is actually doing quite well, but judging by the reaction of this site, I agree it might as well have. >Is anyone talking about this movie? Until Harry gets beyond nodding off during the movie (4 times!), the answer is likely no. Let me say this: had I known that Harry nodded off so many times, I would have been very excited to see the movie. As it is, I went to the theater with some concern, but for the most part my fears were not justified. Despite its flaws, it is easily one of the best films of the year.
July 19, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST
So Harry almost dies, and everyone lets him get away with an obnoxious advertisement about some shitty movie? He's got to hype it cause it'll bomb, and he needs his special treats from the studios & such.
July 20, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST
And yet Devin Faraci gets a free pass? That bitter asshole is paid for by the studios if you give him a set visit. Hell, his 10/10 review for this movie is basically written.
July 20, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST
"Aren't you like a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? This crap is right up your alley."<p> Never watched a single episode. Your fact-gathering is only undercut by your lack of taste and inane commentary.
July 20, 2010, 1:58 a.m. CST
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July 20, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST
LMAO. "Kissing ass"?! Motherfucker, are you senile, brain-damaged or did your head get too compressed on the way out of your mama's slit? I'm the last son-of-a-bitch here who'd kiss ANYONE'S ass, mongoloid. Cite an example, or fuck the hell off. THIS I gotta see...