Scott Pilgrim vs. the World can’t possibly be as tremendous as it seemed yesterday afternoon. Looking around, everyone else seems happy to call this a great movie. Sitting in the theater, I couldn’t escape the feeling that this was a legendary movie, the likes of which I haven’t seen since Back to the Future or Raiders of the Lost Ark.
You should not trust my opinion on this. Movie Bob liked it enough to call it the best movie of the summer…
…but he managed to escape the theater without coming to the conclusion that this was some sort of explosive game-changing triumph.
This movie is aimed more at 20-somethings of generation Y than a long-married gen X’er like me. I’m way past the point where I might care about teen romance and post-highschool social griefing. Leads Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead seem to occupy the same cultural space that Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald did a quarter century earlier, back when this sort of material was relevant to me. This movie is drenched in the 8-bit Nintendo that existed when these characters (and actors) were growing up, back when I was too busy crossing the event horizon into adulthood to pay attention to that sort of thing.
Yet that generational chasm didn’t prevent the movie from yanking me into Scott Pilgrim’s surreal world powered by comic books, video games, and rock music. This movie had me laughing and cheering from the title screen to the closing credits. When the final boss met his fitting end, I was ready to march right back into the theater and watch the entire thing again. And again.
I don’t know why the movie connected with me the way it did. I will say it was refreshing to see a teen (where “teen” means early 20’s) movie that wasn’t dripping with angst. Oh, the characters have angst, but their hardship is played for laughs and we in the audience aren’t expected to endure their anguish with them.
It’s fresh. It’s new. It’s from the guy who directed the also stellar Shaun of the Dead. It’s the sort of movie I’ll need to watch many times to catch all the references. It’s the best movie I’ve seen in years. I literally cannot remember the last time I had this much fun at the theater.
Again, my reaction is not typical (although my wife felt the same way I did) so you might want to seek out a more temperate opinion. But in my own reckoning this film deserves to rest in the hall of fame of legendary geek-culture films that we’ll still be quoting when the children of the Wii are old enough to shave.
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