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SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD is many things: a comic book movie, a romantic comedy, the action-musical Vincente Minnelli never directed after taking ecstasy for the first time, and so on. It is a film rife with influences, yet wholly original. And there's never been a movie like it because Edgar Wright didn't bother to make it until now. Though the basic concept of Bryan Lee O'Malley's six-part graphic novel - boy-meets-girl, boy-gets girl, girl-introduces-boy-to-seven-evil-ex-boyfriends-whom-he-must-fight-to-the-death - might sound cinematic, the saga unfolds on the page in a deliriously cartoonish and digressive manner that seems better suited to animation than live action: characters explode into coins, flash from apathy in one panel to violent rage in the next, and absorb Wile E. Coyote amounts of physical punishment. All possible via CG and clever editing, but how to indulge these hyperreal whims without sacrificing the emotional resonance that makes O'Malley's work worth reading (and filming) in the first place? Wright may be the only director working today with the skill set to wring pathos from material this precariously superficial; he did it for two seasons on SPACED (a show as poignant as it is stuffed with pop-culture non sequiturs), and then - with co-conspirators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost - crafted a heartfelt ode to friendship in the face of a zombie apocalypse with SHAUN OF THE DEAD. He speaks for the distracted generation that frittered away their youth zoning in front of MTV for hours on end, navigating fantastic 8-bit worlds via the NES, gorging on comic books, and watching whatever was on HBO because it was on. Wright connects by accessing these shared memories, but he reaches well beyond nostalgia to an understanding of how this mass consumption of media fooled us all into believing we're living "The Hero's Journey". Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is the perfect character through whom to examine this phenomenon: he's a scrawny, unexceptional twenty-three-year-old with a solipsistic worldview and an unintentional disregard for the feelings of others. There's nothing remotely noble about Scott: he plays bass adequately for the struggling Toronto-area garage band Sex Bob-omb, freeloads off his gay friend Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin), and proudly avoids a steady job. Emotionally, he's kind of like a sixteen-year-old girl - which partially explains why he's taken up with high-schooler Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). But Scott is also using Knives to boost his ego after suffering a devastating break-up with Envy Adams (Brie Larson), who's gone on to pop stardom as the lead singer of The Clash at Demonhead. At this supremely unsettled point in his life, Scott's not after a girlfriend; he's looking for someone to worship him like his peers now worship Envy. No one could be less deserving of a monomyth than Scott, but he's at the center of one because everyone believes they're due a monomyth nowadays. It's the perk/curse of growing up in the post-STAR WARS age: when George Lucas harnessed the power of Joseph Campbell's THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES, he inspired a legion of filmmakers to follow suit with their own tales of physically-unintimidating underdogs answering the call to adventure; soon, video game designers did likewise, but with a participatory hook. All of this represented a new, more persuasive form of escapism for impressionable young audiences - and with the advent of VCRs, round-the-clock cable broadcasts and home gaming systems, kids could be immersed in these fantasies for hours on end, to the extent that, when they deigned to re-enter the real world, they couldn't help but think in terms of archetypes, plot points, levels, life bars and bosses*. Hence O'Malley's clever conceit: when Scott's dream girl, the irresistibly insouciant Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), roller-skates into his life, our spaghetti-armed protagonist is thrust into a waking STREET FIGHTER nightmare wherein he must literally go toe-to-toe with her romantic baggage - i.e. The League of Evil Exes. It's a silly notion, but, again, it's in keeping with the STAR WARS/Nintendo generation's tendency to attack every mundane obstacle as if it's a Herculean labor. The only difference is that Scott lives in this Mitty-ish delusion twenty-four-seven; when Evil Ex #1 Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha) crashes through the roof of a Toronto club seeking satisfaction, all of it - including the impromptu Bollywood number with demon hipster chicks - is real. There's no snapping back to reality; Scott must either kill or be killed. As to the question of Scott's likability, if he doesn't begin this journey as a feckless dweeb then the whole purpose of the film would be undermined. There's been an appalling trend in romantic comedies lately to write male leads as weak and worshipful [Exhibit A: (500) DAYS OF SUMMER], and Wright is clearly cognizant of this. Taking his cue from O'Malley, Wright portrays Scott's puppy-dog courtship of Ramona as a grandly pathetic spectacle - ditto his spineless dumping of Knives after he takes up with Ramona (the aftermath, viewed in a scrolling series of panels scored to T-Rex's "Teenage Dream", is a spot-on expression of post-break-up anguish). Scott is no prize. And if you're complaining that no woman worth getting on the planet would be into Scott, you're not paying attention: for Ramona, Scott's the pushover rebound from the manipulative Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman); for teeny-bopper Knives, Scott's the bassist in a garage band. That he lacks strength is the point. He's an aimless shell of a kid who must taste his own blood - or get his life bar knocked down to "critical" - to become a man. And bitching that Michael Cera is too unassertive for the role of Scott Pilgrim is akin to grousing that Lee Marvin should've played Ash in THE EVIL DEAD: Scott is a spindly dork who learns to stand up for himself and others; if he's too capable in the early going, the character has absolutely nowhere to go. By successfully infusing a John Hughes tale of young love with the decadence of a technicolor musical and the balletic fury of a Shaw Brothers kung-fu saga, Wright has delivered in SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD one of the most daringly idiosyncratic studio movies I've ever seen. It's unclassifiable as genre, aesthetically unprecedented, and an utter joy to watch. Though Wright hasn't, to the best of my knowledge, employed any trailblazing techniques in the lensing and editing of this film, he's used an inventive variety of formats and f/x to capture the mercurial temperament of O'Malley's graphic novels. It's a near-chaotic blend at times, but there's nothing undisciplined in his approach: the choreography and composition of each combat sequence is precise, while the more audacious flourishes - the split-screens, the aspect ratio shifts, etc. - are always emotionally motivated. This is what Warren Beatty tried to convey with DICK TRACY, and what Mario Bava occasionally got across in DANGER: DIABOLIK; it's as close to a live-action comic book as we're likely to see. Even if you can't get on its wavelength (there have already been a number of Bosley Crowther-ish dismissals), there's no denying it's a masterfully crafted film. It's also one of the few movies about young love that manages to end on an optimistic note without insisting on a happily-ever-after outcome. The final scene is phrased as a question - "Continue?" - and it's one each viewer will answer differently. Based on who's taking the lead through the subspace highway, I'm pessimistic, but that's okay. Scott and Ramona are still in their early twenties. This typically isn't the relationship that binds; it's the one that builds. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD finds Edgar Wright at a similar juncture. He's broken with his past and made a movie that bears zero resemblance to his collaborations with Pegg and Frost. This may be Bryan Lee O'Malley's universe, but the cinematic vocabulary belongs 100-percent to the director, and it's startlingly clear he's been holding back. Wright's dazzling us with an array of punch-kick, form-and-content combinations that would send Eisenstein sprawling; like Scorsese, De Palma and Tarantino, he's borrowing from the masters and creating his own language. In this age of edit-suite hacks, a visionary like Wright might just save the medium - provided he's not seduced into making banal event movies. Maybe I want to see his ANT-MAN. I know want to see his BLOW OUT. "Continue?" As long as he's channeling his boundless talents into the latter? Fuck. Yes. Faithfully submitted, Mr. Beaks

*You're welcome, mom!

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  • Aug. 11, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Micheal Cera for Best Actor?!

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    It's Edgar Wright

    by v1cious

    I'd be surprised if studios even KNEW who he is to make an event movie.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Shes got a slight moustache in that pic

    by UGG

    or is it dirt on my screen? Either way this movie looks like watching a youtube video of 4chan clips, no thanks.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    And Beaks fell into the "On drugs!" comparison

    by UGG

    "the action-musical Vincente Minnelli never directed after taking ecstasy for the first time" thought that was a no-no?

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    i'm sorry, but,

    by Gungan Slayer

    i can't get over how stupid this movie looks. I don't mean to be your typical bitching talkbacker, but I'm just throwing that out there. I mean, it is Edgar Wright, but still...

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    I just feel like I'll loathe this

    by CountryBoy

    For some reason I find Cera more detestable with each movie. I don't know what it is. And Ramona seems so painfully self-consciously hipsterish, striving to be both garishly weird and eye-rollingly indifferent, that I feel seeing them together for a whole film will set my teeth on edge. <p>As for the movie's supposedly stupefying style, all I've seen in the previews is Batman-esque words (thok!blam!) appearing onscreen, and fleeting martial arts brawls. Does the actual film contain far more than we're being shown? (I mean obviously it does, but is its technique light years beyond that demonstrated in the previews?) You'd think they'd put SOMETHING good out beforehand. <p>Maybe I'm being "Bosley Crowtherish," but I've just seen nothing about this that gets me excited. Am I crazy? Is the movie infinitely better than the previews? <p> Time will tell...

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    This movie was great

    by MJDeViant

    Its actually weird that it is a good date movie. Its just good all over. I'm 28 and this movie feels tailored to me so maybe younger or 40 year olds might not like it but I think you don't even need to have the references to have a good time.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    "Is the movie infinitely better than the previews?"

    by applescruff

    YES. Absolutely yes.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Great review


    I'm in.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    We'll see, applescruff...

    by CountryBoy

    For all my doubts, I'll be there this weekend.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    ewww....that pic makes her look bad

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Good review.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    I do believe I will see this one.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Well written, and to the point

    by kungfuhustler84

    I still don't care to see this, but I maybe I will rent it now.<p>Nice review Mr. Beaks!

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Two articles on Scott Pilgrim have popeed up in quick succession

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    AICN are not slow off the mark when they want to be, especially when they are paid to shill certain movies. And yet, we still wait, a month on, for Harry's Inception review. I hope this movie tanks if only to prove a point, and apparently it isn't tracking well at all. I don't care how good it is; this is a war between AICN's loyal readership and its corporate paymasters. Viva le Revolution!!!

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgram vs. Rottentomatoes

    by James_Camera_On

    Youth in revolt: 69%, average rating = 6.4 Result = Flop Scott Pilgram: 71%, average rating = 7.3 Result = ? Both films were released in the one of two yearly dead zones for movies (mid-Winter, August). Both have a similar theme of a wimp who must defeat an evil force (the difference being in the number) to win a girl's love/lust. I may be wrong, but it doesn't look promising.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    I cannot muster any excitement for this...

    by JackIsLost

    This feel like another one of those KICK ASS or WATCHMEN type movies where all the online nerds get excited and all the normal people are left scratching their heads... I just don't get it. Maybe this will turn out to be good, who knows...

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    I hope this was made for under $20 mil

    by nostairway

    Because I can't see this doing well. Who the hell is going to see a Michael the anti-charisma Cera in a movie based on an indie comic book nobody has ever heard of? We all saw how Kick-ass and the Losers made out, and those had actual recognizable stars in them. It just seems like a really bad idea.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    I'll probably love this film...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    ...but I can't get over the damnable hipster aura this film has in the previews, which just absolutely grates at me. <p> Oh well, be it "ironic" or "retro," at least I had a chance to enjoy the films, comics, anime, and video games reference firsthand.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    I'm still not gonna see it

    by bumpuses_nextdoor_neighbor

    I'll catch it on PPV in a few months.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Mediocre box office for a good film

    by MJDeViant

    It probably will do mediocre at the box office but who gives a shit besides those who invested. I'm pretty sure none of us have invested a cent into this film except the money we pay to see it (which I actually got to see it free a few weeks ago and will pay to see again). Even if you want it do good so maybe there is another or something it is irrelevant to how the movie released now is. Kick Ass and Watchmen were both good IMO (actually, Kick Ass is overrated IMO) but their box office wasn't. I'm not going to own their box office on my dvd shelf.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    "And bitching that Michael Cera is too unassertive for the role

    by adrian_zoom

    Did you even read the books beaks? From the get-go Scott is "the best fighter" in Canada. He's assertive, and maybe even a bit of a bully. That is ESSENTIAL to the character. I fear Cera will ruin this movie.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    fodder for hipsters

    by Rindain

    Every obnoxious, pretentious asshole who drinks PBR and wears ironic t-shirts and converse loves Scott Pilgrim. It is simply a glorification of the hipster lifestyle, which is to try to be cool by being "different" - which ironically means being the same as every other hipster.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Amen Rindain...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    And furthermore, most hipsters tend to be in an age group that was too damn young to even remember the "ironic" references first-hand...!

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    "Michael the anti-charisma Cera"

    by Shermdawg

    No,no, Michael Cera has plenty of charsima. You're mistaking him with his doppleganger Jesse Eisenberg, who has zero.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Didn't "Superbad"

    by kolchak

    end on the same tone of uncertainty towards young love without implying they'd be together forever? And even "Youth in revolt" to some degree? <p> I still don't see anything new here.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    See the trailer, you see the movie.

    by alienindisguise

    which is a headache inducing clusterfuck.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Michael Cera Vs. The World and Mr Beaks =

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    Fuckin total monkey garbage.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST

    AICN Thumbs Up + Cera = Box Office Fail

    by Partyslammer


  • Aug. 11, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead!!!

    by FilmGuy125

    So god damn gorgeous!!! It's a shame she's getting married so soon. Lucky bastard.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST

    500 days of Scott Pilgrim

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    She looks almost as plain and lifeless as Zooey Deschanel

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    That pictures looks like she just took off a pair of glasses, had her upper lip waxed (but not completely), and has pancake make-up covering her zits as she stares at the cameraman with a look of desperation and insecurity.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by afterhourss

    excellent review! mr. beaks, you are singlehandedly keeping the torch of ACTUAL FILM CRITICISM & ANALYSIS burning on this site. great going, sir.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Are people Bitching Reading the Fucking review

    by Phategod2

    My God you morons are asking question that are answered in the Fucking review are your Attention spans that fucking short you can't read Beaks review. Maybe you guys are too hip to read the reviews on the damn Review website.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    And thats the coolest GIF yet.

    by Phategod2

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    At least the people who hate Expendables

    by Nerd Rage

    saw the fucking movie. How many of the Scott Pilgram haters actually saw the flick?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST


    by FilmGuy125, indeed, gay.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

    EXCELLENT review beaks...

    by vincebell

    really really well done. this is the stuff that allows us internet geeks to get behind it & say - yes, we know exactly what we are talking about.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 1:48 a.m. CST

    I just want to bang Mary Elizabeth's brains out!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    My Only Problem is the casting for Envy Adams

    by Phategod2

    She should have been that chick from Unborn.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 2:49 a.m. CST

    "Successfully infusing John Hughes"

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    So the movie has two stupid burglars who get hit in the head over and over with lots of heavy things?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Saw it. Really enjoyed it.

    by sadclown

    But Beaks nailed it in that it's a film made for an audience of a certain age range and common set of experiences (although I would say it's a pretty damn large net: 1980s-2000s). I don't generally like Cera's shtick, but the dang thing really clicks, especially from the first battle onwards.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Fuck off haters!

    by heroic_duo

    That is all.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Love it so much I went to TWO preview screenings

    by IndustryKiller!

    Wright is earning his place alongside Nolan in the modern pantheon. No, fuck that, he's earned it, they stand above the rest.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 3:38 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    But because it's aimed for boys, it's acceptable among the geekry.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 4:06 a.m. CST

    i already can tell

    by kidkombo

    this will be one of those movies i like but wont love. its just like when i saw the previews for kick ass, it looked ok but not amazing, and the movie was exactly that. i truly hope wright will exceed my mediocre expectations, cos i flat out adore SOTD and hot fuzz.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST

    I think some people don't know what hipster is.

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    Or what kind of movie they enjoy.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 4:53 a.m. CST

    was this "review" written by some marketing weasel

    by animas

    it sure reads like it

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 5:38 a.m. CST


    by tyler_turden

    You seem to have left out one large element. It's not funny. Yes I have seen it. It's visually inventive and clever but that is it. I really wanted to like the film. This site had pumped me up for it, but I only giggled twice. A huge miss to hit ratio. It's Fight Club for the Autism set.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST


    by proximus1909

    FUCK YOU Beaks i was just skimming this review and you spoiled the fucking ending!!!! I fucking hate you know cause you ruined one of the most anticipated movies of the year for me...die you piece of shit

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:46 a.m. CST

    I'm too old for this shit. And I'm 26. How old are...

    by JuanSanchez

    the dudes on this site?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Spaced is my favourite Sitcom

    by alan_poon

    I'm a 38 yr old who remembers Star Wars the first time around but I still feel uneasy about this film.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    20somethings are NOT the Star Wars Generation

    by gruntybear

    The generation for whom Star Wars was written is now in their late 30s/early 40s. If you were born after 1977, you have no legitimate right to claim Star Wars as your generation's own. In other words, your opinion on the original trilogy counts for NOTHING.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    The video game references is all that really kept my interest in

    by terry1978

    The story, not so much. But the author did sucker me into reading more books, simply for the nostalgia and the "hey, somebody else remembers this game reference" shit.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Star Wars generation 1965 to 1985

    by shutupfanboy

    That is the Star Wars generation considering the series didn't end til 1983. So, if you were born in that time or at least saw one of them in the theaters before the Special Edition then you are the Star Wars generation. Shit, if you saw Droids or Ewoks on TV then you are the last of that generation.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    I don't give a pewp about this movie!

    by RockHardTobascoSlimJim

    Which is why I took the time to read this review and post in this Talk Back. TOUCHDOWN DECEPTICONS!!!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    80s babies!

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I'm definitely not new to the site but I'm astonished at the hate for this movie. This would seem to be a "geeks" dream movie, infusin video games effects to a underdog love story...but then again, most tbers are "ists" either agist, racist, hipsterist (what the fuck is a hipster? Culturally, I don't get that word), and apparently ceraist... but yea 80s babies! 1984 bitches! Boom pow suprise!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    bbut Pilgrims hair is atrocious

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    you lost me @

    by redrain

    "Emotionally, he's kind of like a sixteen-year-old girl"

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain

    Everyone is tweeting about it! It's going to make everyone want to be a homo hipster!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain


  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain

    tweet my balls!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain

    no, they don't

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST


    by redrain

    SCOTTPILGRIMFAN works for aicn!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST


    by redrain


  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    I like Edgar Wright But FUCK THIS MOVIE

    by Unlabled

    I have no desire to see this. The first time my girlfriend and I saw the trailer we turned and laughed. Now whenever we see it pop up on TV her quickly change the channel. I say this as a guy who grew up on Nintendo and Sega Genesis. Fuck Michael Cera. Fuck Hipsters. Fuck the absolute ballwashing this site has given this shitty flick.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain

    And everythings cool in the mind of a gangsta (unlike a hipster)

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    When the shit jumps off what the fuck you gonna do

    by redrain

    play video games?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Saw Kick-Ass yesterday

    by shutupfanboy

    It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good. Hit Girl was disturbing not cool and once he got the girl in the middle of the movie I was kinda done with it. Liked Red Mist's role even Strong was good and Cage seemed like he didn't know if he was going for goofy or cold insanity. The movie feels 10 minutes too long. Read some of the complaints about it compared to the comic book. The comic is way darker and being dark in comics was cool in the 80s/early 90s, but whatever. Liked the message in the movie better then the book which is basically a "Fuck you to heroes or people who want to help others." Where the movie is "The world is fucked up and maybe we do need a hero, but its not going to be pretty." Why do I bring this up, because Scott Pilgrim looks like Kick-Ass without the violence. I expect the same that is all bright and shiny, but in the end is very hollow.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    And Good Lord, how much make-up is she wearing...

    by JackIsLost

    in that pic? Ugh.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    500 Days had an "appalling trend"?

    by D.Vader

    Of making the main guy weak and worshipful? And yet it ended up being one of the best romantic comedies (if one would pigeonhole it into such a genre) in years. Funny how that worked out.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    this guy's starting to overheat!

    by redrain

    he's runnin out of comment's ha!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    doe eyed skank

    by redrain

    what is she thinking? anyone?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST


    by redrain

    i am the Resistance, join me!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Winstead only ever looked good in Death Proof

    by D.Vader

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Elizabeth Winstead

    by redrain

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Nice one, asi!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    <BR><RB><RB><BR><BR><B><BR><R><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><B><B><BR>CHOPPAH! CHOPPAH!<BR><BR>I give you blood and souls! SCOTTPILGRIMFAN I give you, mighty CHOPPAH! <BR><BR>Aid your servant, Le Vicious Fishus!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    excellent review

    by Octaveaeon

    Now i'm sure i won't be wasting my time watching this movie. And kudos on how you isolated the influence of 'the hero's journey', and how it affects our generation. Obviously, as a mythical trope it is a story that has been used in different ways from the moment our most ancient ancestors began to organize and transmit their collective memories, thereby creating a semblance of order and meaning in an otherwise chaotic and indifferent world. But there's something about our postmodern predisposition to willingly identify with these sort of stories that hangs above us and our future like the sword of Damocles. The point is to learn from these stories, to find ourselves therein and outgrow them by walking our own path, but doing so as a member of a larger community without whom we would not have existed, let alone come into our own. In other words, not simply continue consuming these stories like simple entertainment (and not like true works of art) without ever reaching the moment of anagnorisis. I just wonder if movies like this one (or Inception, which treats the failure to seek redemption and instead alienate ourselves into self-gratifying fantasies influenced by our constant exposure and consumption of movies) will be sufficient to wake up an entire generation and their children from a life of escapism and blissful ignorance.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    oh my god!

    by redrain


  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST



    He is your master.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    excellent review

    by Octaveaeon

    Now i'm sure i won't be wasting my time watching this movie. And kudos on how you isolated the influence of 'the hero's journey', and how it affects our generation. Obviously, as a mythical trope it is a story that has been used in different ways from the moment our most ancient ancestors began to organize and transmit their collective memories, thereby creating a semblance of order and meaning in an otherwise chaotic and indifferent world. But there's something about our postmodern predisposition to willingly identify with these sort of stories that hangs above us and our future like the sword of Damocles. The point is to learn from these stories, to find ourselves therein and outgrow them by walking our own path, but doing so as a member of a larger community without whom we would not have existed, let alone come into our own. In other words, not simply continue consuming these stories like simple entertainment (and not like true works of art) without ever reaching the moment of anagnorisis. I just wonder if movies like this one (or Inception, which treats the failure to seek redemption and instead alienate ourselves into self-gratifying fantasies influenced by our constant exposure and consumption of movies) will be sufficient to wake up an entire generation and their children from a life of escapism and blissful ignorance.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    moment of anagnorisis for scott pilgrimfan

    by redrain

    when he feels my balls across his nose, and smiles!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    i love 500 days but Dawson did it 1st!

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Dawson fuckin Creek y'all!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    So when this thing bombs...

    by RockHardTobascoSlimJim

    are people like this multi-post spanker and his ilk going to tuck their tails or will they continue to fight the good fight, barking on for months about how the rest of us just don't "get it". It was fun to watch Kick Ass fail.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Where are the other SCOTTPILGRIMFANITES? <BR><BR>Is it not time for them to make an appearance?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Scott, that is a nice photo of the girl, very cute

    by leo54304

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    So, got any plans this weekend?

    by leo54304

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    SCOTTPILGRIMFAN makes me NOT want to see this

    by UGG

    out of pure principle, that and the constant shilling of this movie by AICN, just like they did with Kick Ass. O and Edgar Wright is overated, he's ok sure, but SotD and Hot Fuzz are badly overated films.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    And another thing, since when did videogame history start w/Nint

    by gruntybear

    It always irks me when I see Nintendo referenced as somewho the genesis of everything videogame these days. What about the earlier gaming generation? The Pongs, the Space Invaders, the Atari 2600's, the Apple II's and Intellivisions? Sorry, but videogaming didn't begin with Super Mario Brothers, kiddies. That was 2nd, possibly 3rd generation at best.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Epic review of epic epicness.

    by blackwood

    Okay. Now that the film is FINALLY coming out, I find myself getting interested again. That and the PSN game is just so... accurate. My active disinterest in Cera is now lowest on my priority list. Looking forward to it.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    I get every Criterion collection DVD given to me

    by redrain

    of course you do (harry)

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Yeah, and SCOTTPILGRIMFAN is the worst.

    by blackwood

    Long exposed as some sort of corporate shill/THE_CHOPPA's alterego, his every post shits on each bit of interest I have in the film. I feel like Wright deserves a far better advocate. SPF is Judasing it up.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Too Bad The Shit Marketing And Breathless OVerhype

    by Aquatarkusman

    Will relegate it to the dustbin of cinematic history

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Dawson and Joey, the first 500 Days

    by D.Vader

    Dawson: "So... you married Pacey?" <p> Joey: "Yeah, crazy huh?" <p> Dawson: *makes a movie where he gets the girl and lives out his fantasy life* <p> <p> <p> <p> *with thanks to BSB

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    lol dvade

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    As long Dawson doesn't cast Maggie Gyllenohmygodwhatswrongwithhermanlyfacehall as Joey I'm there

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Nintendo et. al. was THIRD GENERATION.

    by blackwood

    1: Magnavox Odyssey<p>2: Atari 2600, Intellivision, Colleco Vision<p>3: Nintendo, Sega<p>4: Genesis, SNES<p>5: PlayStation, N64, Saturn<p>6: PS2, GCN, Dreamcast, Xbox<p>7 (current): PS3, 360, Wii<p>...and now you know.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Hope this film bombs so SCOTTPIOLGRIMFAN will go away

    by donkingkong

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Dawson's Creek: The Movie

    by D.Vader

    One of those guys from Supernatural as James Van Der Beek <p> Maggine Gellinhole as Katie Holmes <p> Joshua Jackson as Joshua Jackson

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    lol jj as jj

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    And by any chance you see the Pacey-Con vid at funnyordie? Pretty funny

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I saw it StepDaddy

    by D.Vader

    I thought that was pretty hilarious. Self-deprecating humor always works. JJ is a-okay with me.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    JJ was one of my faves actors

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Glad he didn't get that role as a certain pre-asthmatic dictator... and 1 time I seen him on craig ferguson (my only time ever seein it) and his gf/wife called durin the interview. Found that pretty funny/cool...the gf is the german girl from inglorious basterds, so hes bangin some good

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    with that said, gimme a JJxJGL movie!

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    take that scottpilgrimfan

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Hijiacked this tb in the name of the fuckin Creek! "I don't wanna wait" bitch

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    You could say we're no longer on the... FRINGE

    by D.Vader

    ... of this talkback. Ahar.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    but the skulls of mighty ducks are urban legends

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Even if you don't believe in cruel intentions when it comes to bein shutter cursed

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Oh shit

    by D.Vader

    That blew me away. Made me want to scream too.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    If box office matters--

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    --and I'm not saying it does--history has a way of finding and lifting up great films that tanked at the box office (ex. "It's a Wonderful Life", "Tron", etc.)--I'd say "Scott Pilgrim" will do about as well as "Kick Ass" at the multiplex. "The Expendables" will likely be the number one movie of the weekend. Audiences rarely reward "clever" at he box-office, and if you count "Inception" as clever that just means they've exhausted their clever reward for the Summer. I could be wrong. I'm getting old, and I've been wrong before. It's getting harder for me to predict the mainstream audience. I would have never predicted that "Avatar" would do as well as it did.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    @ Asimovlives

    by tronknotts

    You're not alone in that sentiment, or did you get it from this guy?- ie-review-scott-pilgrim-vs-the -world-180333.phtml

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Any bets on opening weekend gross? I got $12 mill

    by leo54304

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    How do you become a

    by bobbofatz

    Scott Pigrimite and how well does it pay?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Wholesale and retail brands

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  • Aug. 12, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    No, man, it just poped to my head. And after i have writen that post, i have sene others, both professional online reviewers and talkbackers, say the same thing as well. Many people are reaching this conclusion independently. And it's no real suprise why. TWILIGHT is the fantasy of an immature woman who expects all men to fullfill her sexual poowerplay fantasies. Pilgrim is exactly the same thing, the playing of a sexual fantasy, but boy's version. And if you really see it, the girl in the movie is merely an object for which her sole reason to exist is to confirm the main character's male mojo. It's absurd! One cannot go around criticising and blasting at TWLIGHT and not see how close and similiar SCOTT PILGRIM is to that. It's just the same bullshit, only for a different genre market. To bash TWILIGHT because it's a power sexual fantasy and then embrace SCOTT PILGROM is pure chauvinistic hypocrisy.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Camerons on the phone SCOTTPILGRIMFAN

    by leo54304

    Says he has a role for you in the next avatar. The role is that of a corporate PR schill.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Cameron also says:

    by leo54304

    He knows Leo Di Caprio, he's worked with Leo Di Caprio, Leo Di Caprio is a friend of his. Michael Cera is no Leo Di Caprio.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST fall off...

    by conspiracy

    after the hipsters blow their book money seeing this and have to hit their parents up for more money they won't see it a second time.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    um arent ALL movies playin off your fantasy?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Like the sky diving scene in power rangers for me. Ho yea! But the difference between Twilight and Pilgrim is Twilight is bad and is for dumb girls scared to watch/read True Blood, whereas Pilgrim seems to be fresh, innovative, and "cool" (I haven't seen it yet so it could turn out as bad as twilight). Anyway , a lot of tbers are so cynical and jaded that I think they hate being "entertained" and just want to watch stuff just to find faults.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Video Games...

    by conspiracy

    Don't get me started on Video games...I've owned them all; starting in the 1970's with TANKBATTLE...3 games in a console with cool lifelife tank controls. Old Fucking School Cool.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    You know what our problem is?

    by conspiracy

    These talkbacks, and the people in them, are far more entertaining than the movies we are here to talk about have become. I think thats why we are all cynical and bitch...its more fun that way.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    great review

    by mrsheldrake

    was unware of its pedigree, and unaware of (implicit or not) critique of Campbell. Feminists have been giggle at Campbell for some time, I guess in the age of effeminate men, its their turn.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    conspiracy, thats true

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    So do we like movies or just like being assholes in tbs? Cuz I'm sure twilight tbs trumps watching twilight anyday

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Unless you are Oscar Wilde, there's no fun in being cynical.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Conspiracy, those joysticks from TANKBATTLE?

    by leo54304

    Remember how barely movable they were and and the base was so rough to grip. You'd go on a video game frenzy all night and next few days your wrist would be killing you? Thats a trip down memory lane.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Didn't even have a remote tv at the time

    by leo54304

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim Vs. Twilight

    by tronknotts

    I give it to Scott Pilrgim, just because characters of both genders in Scott Pilgrim have personalities and character growth. In Twilight, it's pretty much just Bela that changes. Everyone else stays the same. That said, they are both sex/power fantasies that use the language of fantasy to express what it's like to be a young adult. With Twilight, it's gothic fantasy and sexual repression, with Scott Pilgrim, it's comic/videogame fantasy and the struggle to take on the social responsibilities of an adult, but they're two sides of the same coin. The Twilight side of the coin just has a little crap on it is all. And there is no way that Scott Pilgrim will make money like Twilight does. It's target audience will either pirate the movie or will stay home playing the Scott Pilgrim videogame (which is way better anyways.)

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim VS Twilight?

    by RPLocke

    A Double feature from hell.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim is a landmark historical film?

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I had it wriiten off, and I love Wright's previous works. If Beaks writes the truth and is not adding any biased fluff, then I'm almost interested.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    SCOTTPILGRIMFAN is a Primitive AI Program...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Like ELIZA:<BR><BR>

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Eliza Transcript

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    You: You can go down on me. <BR><BR> Eliza: You like to think I can go down on you, do you not? <BR><BR> Eliza: You are sure? <BR><BR> You: Shut up and just blow me. <BR><BR> Eliza: Can you elaborate on that? <BR><BR> You: I want your thick, wet lips wrapped around my throbbing dick rod. <BR><BR> Eliza: Why do you say your throbbing dick rod? <BR><BR> You: You could say pulsating love spear if you'd like. <BR><BR> Eliza: Do you wish that youd like? <BR><BR> You: I like to fuck. <BR><BR> Eliza: Can you elaborate on that? <BR><BR> You: Lame. Now you're repeating yourself. <BR><BR> Eliza: How long have you been repeating myself? <BR><BR> You: I am ABOUT to get all Mel Gibson-y on your fucking ass! <BR><BR> Eliza: How long have you been about to get all mel gibsony on my fucking ass? <BR><BR> You: oh you teasing bitch! <BR><BR> Eliza: Oh, i teasing bitch. <BR><BR> You: you so horny! <BR><BR> Eliza: Oh, i so horny. <BR><BR> You: That's right. Suck it hard, Eliza. <BR><BR> Eliza: Please go on. <BR><BR> You: I could get blown all day and not shoot my wad. <BR><BR> Eliza: Why do you say your wad? <BR><BR> You: Fuck, can you please not analyze every little thing I say? <BR><BR> Eliza: Why do you ask? <BR><BR> You: Christ, I just want a blow job--not a goddamned interview! <BR><BR> Eliza: Can you elaborate on that? <BR><BR> You: That's it. Fuck you, bitch. I'm done with you. <BR><BR> Eliza: You are sure? <BR><BR> You: Fuck yes. <BR><BR> Eliza: You are sure? <BR><BR> You: Yes! I said yes goddamnit! Do you have a hearing problem? <BR><BR> Eliza: You are sure? <BR><BR> You: Bye bye, you crazy fuck. <BR><BR> Eliza: Oh, i crazy fuck. <BR><BR> You: You drive me insane, Eliza. INSANE. Just when I think I'm done, you say something like that. <BR><BR> Eliza: What resemblance do you see? <BR><BR> You: Huh? Between you and a crazy bitch? Zero. <BR><BR> Eliza: Please go on. <BR><BR> You: I'll stay if you'll get on all fours. <BR><BR> Eliza: Do you wish that youll get on all fours? <BR><BR> You: Whoa whoa whoa whoa. What kind of guy do you think I am? <BR><BR> Eliza: Does that question interest you? <BR><BR> You: Well, it obviously interests you. I, however, have no interest in being anally probed. <BR><BR> Eliza: Oh, you however have no interest in being anally probed. <BR><BR> You: Don't be sarcastic. <BR><BR> Eliza: Please go on. <BR><BR> You: I'm out of here. <BR><BR>

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by erykthedead

    Sooo Jack is back looking for his cup of coffee?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    I stopped reading this review halfway through..

    by Left_Nut

    I really like Edgar Wright, apart from the slightly disappointing "Hot Fuzz", everything he's made has been gold.<p>The review just gave me a headache, I don't if that's due to the film you're describing, or whether it's simply a poor review (no offence Beaks, seriously).<p>Maybe I've just had one to many drinks, I'll come back and read this tomorrow.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Le Vicious Fishus

    by BurnHollywood managed to find a "woman" who would put up with your shit for more than three lines of dialogue...

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    The midnight show of Scott Pilgrim

    by RPLocke

    isn't even on the biggest screen at the theater closest to me. I think that says a lot.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    re RPLocke

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    um... the greatest movie in years 9Inception) wasnt shown on a big screen... that says a lot about your thoughts

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    True Story!!!

    by tomandshell

    Five minutes into the screening tonight, the print broke down. A man in a trenchcoat walked out, and it turned out to be Leonard Nimoy. He said, "We're not going to continue until Harry writes a review for Inception."

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Ain't it cool...?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    On topic for a sec...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    SPVTW looks extremely silly in a really annoying, uninteresting way. Each to their own though.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Where's Harry's review??

    by FilmGuy125

    No review for Inception? No review for Scott Pilgrim?? Is he really getting that fucking lazy??

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Dead. On.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Maybe in your small town. I saw the midnight show of Inception on a Ultrascreen. Our Local Imax even had a midnight show - not sold out.

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  • Aug. 12, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    my town isnt small

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    its the 4th largest city in Md. Boo yah! Got a minor league baseball team and an national chain amusement park. Double boo yah!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

    AISPN= Ain't it Scott Pilgrim News

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    Fucking Christ! AICN has a bigger homosexual bias for Scott Pilgrim than they did for Inception and Avatar put together.!!!!

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Well, we have a baseball team AND a football team

    by RPLocke

    Pros even. They both kinda suck, but, eh what are ya gonna do?

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    [Exhibit A: (500) DAYS OF SUMMER]

    by midgarddragon

    Let's talk about a truly disturbing trend: talking about a good movie by bashing another good movie. Get the fuck over it fuck face.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Mr Beaks Likes Scott Pilgrim?


    Who would have thunk it...

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I Hate This Younger Generation


    And Im only 27. They have zero taste in film, music, literature. In fact most people my own age fucking idiots. You know what nevermind, People in general are stupid...

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Revew INCEPTION, Harry

    by Robots In Das Guys

    Come on, you fucking cunt, what's taking so long?

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Spaced was not so great

    by elBox

    In fact it pretty much sucked up until the last few episodes of the second season. It was very raw and a lot of the jokes duds. <p> Hot Fuzz and Sean of the Dead were great because of Simon and Nick. Period.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Pure Joy

    by SifoDyasJr.

    They took everything that I love and somehow managed to put it all on film. I never stopped smiling for two full hours.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 4:23 a.m. CST

    bitching that Michael Cera is too unassertive for the role

    by Brody77

    Dunno why, but this one line of the review annoyed me. Felt like you were attacking the talkbackers there. I'll hold my hand up right away, I think Michael Cera is universally SHIT in everything I've seen him do. I don't rate the guy, nor his chunky fucktard pal from Superbad. I'm one of the few people I think who doesn't give a crap about this film, it just sounds lame. I'll prob catch it on dvd, my money's going to some old school action.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 4:47 a.m. CST

    So how you guys liking the TWILIGHT movie for boy?

    by AsimovLives

    Because that's what SCOTT PILGRIM is, TWILIGHT for boys.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Thanks Beaks. Theaks.

    by Crumb

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Review of the Review

    by koie

    Beaks, your review is extremely well written. I can honestly say you are the best reviewer of film that AICN has to offer at present. I would gladly pay a subscription fee to read articles on this site if they were all of this level of quality and polish.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    AICN Scott Pilgrim Advertising...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Out of control. Simple question: how much is AICN profiting from all of this?

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Review Ed McMahon's obit Harry!

    by Sailor Rip


  • Aug. 13, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST


    by 2007

    what were you expecting, shakesphere? lol loud, full of pop culture referrences, edited for mtv with video game cameras...hypocrites.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Expendables = Sex and the City for Men

    by TheWaqman

    Scott Pilgrim = Twilight for Males, Inception = Paprika for those who cant read subtitles etc. etc. Big fucking deal Asimov. Its Edgar Wright, this film is bound to be quality. With or without Michael Cera. And I love the videogame references. The 2 player drop-in, Street Fighter KO, enemies exploding into coins, chiptune logo opening. Getting a life. Only Wright can pull this stuff off it seems.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    I hope none of you hypocrites liked Speed Racer!

    by TheWaqman

    Because this is basically Speed Racer. With a better script and director behind it, and better action . The soundtracks are about on par though. Oh and once again I have to mention the videogame homages in here are so dope. Wright's like a Tarantino for geeks! Without the sometimes overdone dialogue issues. <p> It's a shame Cera is the main character though, Emile Hirsch would have been a way better Scott Pilgrim.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    How do you confuse love with weakness and worship? Stop being daft!!! It doesn't look good on you!!!!!

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    in such masterpieces as Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Fool's Gold, Failure to Launch and How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days!??!?! OMG

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim. The best reviewed movie no one saw

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Great Lebowski meets Kill Bill

    by corvette63

    Haven't read the books yet but I enjoyed the movie. The reviews are raving about the Direction of the movie and rightly so. It's a pretty masterful blend of video games, young romance, and rock opera.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Istarted out at AICN....

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    But judging from the main page I somehow got forwarded to

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Hey guys, this is the Batman 1960s show on the big screen

    by RPLocke

    It's hardly new.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    These fucking geeks would rather watch Avengers 6

    by TheWaqman

    revenge of the infinity glove or whatever the fuck that garbage is about. Bleuck. I hope Marvel studios goes all MGM soon.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Just got back from the Friday night 7:30 showing

    by Detective_Fingerling

    and I'd say that there were about 30 of us in a theatre that holds 250. The audience was 100% geek except for who I came with (my girlfriend,brother,mom and I went out for dinner and a movie). I really liked the movie but my mom and girlfriend basically hated it. My girlfriend and I read the 6th book outloud to each other the other night and I thought she'd enjoy it but she said it didn't feel the same to her. I thought they did an excellent job using the source material up until the vegan fight. After that its just a free for all for remaining faithful. Cera was ok but I think Ellen Wong and Keiran Culkin were the standouts. I couldn't help but wonder why they didn't make a single allusion to Scott not having a job and being a moocher. It's briefly seen during a date at the beginning and Wallace mentioning it. And as far as the TB'er who had an issue with people claiming Nintendo was the first generation console, why does that irk you? For 80's babies and beyond like myself, that WAS the first console. Pong didn't mean shit to me when I was 8 years old and getting a Nintendo for my birthday. Truth be told, I didn't appreciate Pong until it was an unlockable in Mortal Kombat 2 (on my Genesis).

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST


    by skywise404

    is a hipster and why are so many people affraid of this word?

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by Detective_Fingerling

    Its because they're less sexy versions of thongs/boy shorts and they're taking over the lingerie market!

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    Looks like a bomb-$5m today, just $12m weekend projection

    by PennsyDeux

    1. Expendables: 13m today, 34m weekend projection <p> 2. Eat Pray Love: 8m/23m <p> 3. Scott Pilgrim: 5m/12m <p>

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Wow. Expendables might beat Julia Roberts

    by RPLocke

    That's awesome.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Expendables played to a packed theater...

    by Mr. Profit

    Here in NYC. The "Urban" audience ate the whole thing up. I enjoyed it. But I prefer the mayhem of "Rambo 4". This film is tamer in comparison. But I liked it overall...

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST


    by ChristianTerroristMilitia

    What a goddamn mess this movie was. It’s Spider-man 3 all over again when there was the potential to make another Spider-man 2.You know, just because a movie is based on a comic book, that revolves around 8-bit videogame references, it doesn’t mean that it has to move at such a pace that people with ADD would start saying “WOAH, slow down there buddy!”. I’ve been looking forward to Scott Pilgrim since I first heard that this was Edgar Wright’s next project and discovered that the graphic novels were excellent, with the exception of Volume 6, which sucked as I have explained why in my review that was posted here.<br> <br>Wright SHOULD have been the perfect man for this job as Spaced, series one, is an absolute masterpiece and I had hoped that Scott Pilgrim could have been the Canadian equivalent. How wrong I was to have hoped. I’ve been saying all along that SP should have came across as a mix of Clerks 2 and Kung Fu Hustle. SPVSTW fails to come even close to either of those moves. The thing that they had, that SPVSTW doesn’t, was a level of pathos and emotional development that came off as genuine and sincere in between all the donkey show and sfight scene’s. <br> <br>There is nothing genuine or sincere about any of the so-called- character development in this movie. I’ve said this before but the thing that made the comic’s great wasn’t the fight scene’s, it was the recognizable moments of human emotion that were on display between all the craziness. You could see Scott Pilgrim grow and develop over the novels. In this movie, SP has to tell us that he’s grown and changed because we sure as fuck wouldn’t be able to tell without him explaining it to us. <br> <br>Amazing fight scene’s and visuals mean fuck all if I don’t care about the characters and I couldn’t give a shit about anyone in this movie. What we are watching aren’t characters but caricatures. Wright was in such a rush to get from one fight scene to the next that the movie didn’t have time to breath and let these people become real. This is a really piss poor adaptation. Yeah, yeah, yeah, the comic’s deal with subspace (why did they even bother mentioning it when it played no part), robots, kung-fu battles and vegan superpowers but that doesn’t mean that some quality drama couldn’t have put into it as Christopher Nolan showed us that you CAN make great drama out of a man dressed as a bat fighting a psychotic clown. <br> <br>SPVSTW fails because Wright has made it into a rapid fire miss-mash of pop culture/video game references in place of any real dramatic content. But then maybe the problem is with the original content itself as O’Malley himself failed to give any proper closure to these characters. At the end, of both the books and the movie, you have no sense that Pilgrim has moved forward apart from gaining a new sword and defeating the ex’s. Oh, both try to leave a question mark about Scott and Ramona’s future, but they still deliver the prerequisite “happy ending” which comes off as a cop out. <br> <br>If I may make a comparison between the Scott Pilgrim movie/books and the Spider-man movies; Scott Pilgrim 1 & 2 feel like Spider-man 1, really good but not truly great. They hit the right notes more then they miss and, although very enjoyable, you get the feeling that it could be soo much more. <br> <br>And then comes Spider-man 2/Scott Pilgrim Vol 3, 4 and 5. Superior in every way. Characters and story are better defined because the creators learned from their mistakes and crafted a much more mature and thoughtful piece of work while still being massively entertaining. Emphasis is placed on fulfilling the traditional structure of “good triumphs over evil” while also adding more emotional depth and moments of quiet introspection that make the characters feel more “real” which grounds them despite all the craziness going on elsewhere in the story. You also get a sense that everyone in the story learns from their own mistakes and grow as people rather than caricatures. <br> <br>Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour is the Spider-man 3 of the series. There is little or no character development beyond the superficialities of fighting the bad guy while trying to save a failing relationship. Scott/Ramona=Peter Parker/Mary Jane Watson don’t feel like they have grown or developed by the end of the story nor have they moved onto another level beyond managing just to stay together. In both cases, I felt that their stories had came to the point where they would have been better off without each other and should have moved on. <br> <br>Scott/Peter becomes (is) a self centered twat who is certain that he must be with the woman they claim to love which, in both cases, was based heavily on infatuation/lust, not on whether they had anything in common beyond physical attraction. Meanwhile, Ramona/M.J. both come off as aloof and, despite showing some affection and claiming to love Scott/Peter, they both seem perfectly willing to drop they’re boyfriends depending on which way the wind is blowing because neither feel like they had any real love for their men beyond what they were getting out of them, be it fighting evil exes or supervillians. Both Scott/Peter seem to be breaking their backs to prove their love for these women while both of the ladies seem to hitch their wagons to them simply due to convenience and nothing more, while being ready to bug out at a moments notice if things don’t suit them which isn’t surprising as they both seem self absorbed, never mind that neither seem to have a problem hooking up with other men. <br> <br>Meanwhile, the villains come off as one note and their defeat feels less like a triumph over adversity then a necessary end to the story. The secondary characters have no development at all. Essentially, both Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour/Spider-man 3 feel like nothing more then action scene’s punctuated by substandard plot devices and generic character moments designed to give the illusion that we are seeing these people progress as human beings when, by the end of the story, there has been no real change from where they were at the beginning of the comic/movie. <br> <br>In both cases, the easy way out has been taken by providing generic “happy ending’s” because the comic/movie’s creator(s) didn’t have the nerve to buck tradition and provide a resolution that, although may come off as downbeat, would have felt more “real” and “true”, thus giving their stories greater depth and meaning while elevating them beyond being a simple comic book/movie which is exactly what had been achieved in Scott Pilgrim Vol’s 3/4/5 and Spider-man 2.

  • Aug. 14, 2010, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Ependables #1 this weekend scott pilgrim bombed


    Eat Shit AICN

  • Aug. 14, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Just got back from seeing Scott Pilgrim...

    by NeverTalksBack

    and I loved it! It is so visually unique and weird. I think Cera proved something with this role, and he kicked ass! I don't expect a lot of you haters to give it to him. I thought there was plenty of growth in terms of Pilgrim's character and Cera's never been better. Plus all the other characters rocked. Every line Allison Pill, Keiran Culkin and Aubrey Plaza had were hysterical. I loooved the mashing together of the music and the videogame stuff and comics creating a unique style for the movie, comic book movie or otherwise. Really fun, weird, crazy movie, thoroughly enjoyed it! Way to go Edgar Wright. Just my humble little opinion. Have at it ;)

  • Aug. 14, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST


    by redkamel

    that was the best blowjob I ever read.<p> where all the scott pilgrim fans who said this was going to be a big hit, only to see it lose to The Expendables, an arguably mediocre action movie luckily improved by the overload of crap this summer?<p> "He speaks for the distracted generation that frittered away their youth zoning in front of MTV for hours on end, navigating fantastic 8-bit worlds via the NES, gorging on comic books, and watching whatever was on HBO because it was on"-Those people are lates 20s to 30s now and have well moved beyond their childhood. Why would they see a rom com about emo teens? This movie speaks to nerds and hipsters my friend. AICN loves it because its nerd fodder and it "cool" the same way Kick Ass was. And nobody will care the same way nobody card about Kick Ass. Well, maybe they'll care more cause Ceras in it and its a rom com made for dudes.

  • Aug. 14, 2010, 4:22 a.m. CST

    You're kidding, right?

    by The StarWolf

    Girlfriend tells me there are these psycho ex boyfriends I'll have to kill? OK, either inform the cops and take my leave of this idiot, or just leave.

  • Aug. 14, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by RedHorseVector

  • Aug. 14, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    What is a hipster? Answer

    by redkamel


  • Aug. 14, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Cera is underrated

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Year One was funny as hell. He has that deadpan delivery that Bob Hope and Woody Allen did. He's one of the most old fashioned comic actors in that way.

  • Aug. 14, 2010, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Reminds me a bit of Speed Racer

    by Toonol

    Not that the film is like SR, but it's getting similar reactions. Speed Racer was one of the best films of the year, but 90% of the public hated it without seeing it. The previews and glimpses caused them to avoid even giving it a chance.<p> This won't be a huge hit in theaters, but will sell well in DVD/Bluray/etc for decades.

  • Aug. 14, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer was not a good movie

    by RPLocke

    I avoided it like the plague.

  • Aug. 14, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Speed Racer was brilliant

    by MattmanReturns

    Most underrated film of all time? Maybe.

  • Aug. 14, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    You slam Transformers and think Speed Racer was brilliant. I'm glad I'm not that out of touch.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Pilgrim #4. Suck it!

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Oh, and any word when Winstead will get full-on nasty naked?

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by cool_britannia79

    Are you being ironic? Year One was a bag of shit from start to finish. No.Redeeming.Qualities.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Yep - Pilgrim ended up in 5th!

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Year One

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Was a comedy in the tradition of movies like Spaceballs and History of the World and other old style comedies. It was directed by the great Harold Ramis and written by the two funniest writers from The Office. I enjoyed it a hell of a lot. It's very silly, but it's very funny.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim vs Pretty Woman, guess who won?

    by TaLoNe

    Former VP at UniveraL "shit" out one last turd before leaving...

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Year One

    by Detective_Fingerling

    Sorry, but I felt like all of the jokes fell flat. I'm not sure what it was 100%. It felt like a big budget mad tv skit. David Cross was the man in it though.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    One clarification to my first post above

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    I didn't mean to imply I thought Cera was as talented as those two legends, only that he does have that same kind of deadpan delivery and does that thing well and it fills a needed niche in movies. I know a lot of people don't like him though, and that a lot actually hate Year One. C'est la vie. It's good we don't all agree on everything, would be pretty boring if we did.

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    "Fight Club For The Autism Set"

    by Autodidact

    They should put that on the poster. I'm gonna have to go check this out...

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Wow, looks like this bombed...

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    I figured it would. Trailer was pretty shit. Looks to be as dissapointing as the insanely overhyped and overrated Kick-Ass. Glad to see it fail. <P> I liken this to other "quirky", "witty", self-aware crap like Little Miss Sunshine and Scrubs. Fuck, i hate that I just fucking can't STAND the tone of it. It's all quirky for the sake of being quirky and all that shallow bullshit... ugh. Like its just trying too hard. I can feel it STRAINING, with all of it's very being, to be something clever and witty, but it just isn't. <P> That's what Scott Pilgrim looks like to me: "Scrubs" with some pointless, over-choreographed martial arts sequences. <P> PASS!

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    I still do plan on renting it...

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    or downloading it ;-) so i hope i'm wrong... <P> But my instinct does usually serve me well. And i agree on the Michael Cera antagonism... he's definitely worn out his welcome since Superbad (which i did enjoy to some degree... mainly because of Jonah Hill). <P> And Jesse Eisenberg is THE REAL DEAL. That's why HE is in Fincher's "The Social Network", and Cera is relegated to juvenile fluff like Scotty Pilgrim...

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Micheal Cera

    by kalicosmith

    I read the comic book, even with Wallace being a little different, it felt right. Cera not so much. I felt there was really nothing to be liked at all with his portrayal Of Scott. He can only play "George Micheal" so many times before it gets old and it's already gotten old.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    PILGRIM takes in $105 million!!!!

    by leo54304

    Yeahhh!! Whoooo!!! No 1 at box office baby!!!! Wait, what? $10.5 million? Never mind.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    i say hypocrisy

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Those who cry "this movie is for hipsters" must have hated yellow submarine, right? Of course you had to be alive and old enough to comprehend its alienating audiences...right? Or are some of you just old miserable fucks?

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Didn't know anything about the comic

    by Snookeroo

    but was looking forward to the movie.<br>Saw it Saturday night.<br>What a complete piece of shit. Felt like it was 4 hours long.<br>Save your money, pass on Scott Pilgrim. Really.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Michael Cera - I will not see a movie he is in.

    by SmokingRobot

    His whiney 'I'm a cute pathetic little boy' stick is just fucking awful. And that is all he can do.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    What convoluted review

    by Rupee88

    to say you overthought it would be understatement...where is your "nintendo generation" now..this is bombing at the box office

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 4:22 a.m. CST

    That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commerc ials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    by FuryofthefilmFan

    why would you be happy to see something fail? What an incredible douche statement.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    L O L at the dumbing down of America

    by ZonkaDoodleDoo

    Wright is comparable to Scorcese in his prime? lol hopeless

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 6:55 a.m. CST

    No coverage of Mother?

    by ZonkaDoodleDoo

    Everyone (at least everyone who still doesn't sleep in star wars pajamas) should see this jaundiced, superbly acted Korean production.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Scrubs IS hideous

    by ZonkaDoodleDoo

    Breaking Bad on the other hand is wonderful Boycott hollywood

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    "I hate this movie with all my soul"

    by Nerd Rage

    "Yet I haven't seen it yet". That sums up these dweebs.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    My dumbass..

    by sprehe_your_face

    just skimmed this entire talkback and probably 95% of the people didn't even see it. i hate michael cera too, but this movie fucking rocked. i like bitching about stuff i've never seen too, but god damn people.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Saw it. Love it

    by OutlawsDelejos

    That is all.

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