When I first saw the previews for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which opens this weekend, you could hardly say that I was excited. It looked like a cross between an old-school video game and teen romance movie -- neither of which is my cup of tea.
But the majority of reviews are really good. And the reviewers aren't even high school video game nerds.
Eric D. Snider, Film.com:
It's an exuberant mixture of comic books, video games, and hipster romance, tied together with unconventional filmmaking techniques. It might be the norm in 10 years, but for now it's almost revolutionary.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times:
An inventive, free-floating ode to nerdville that features Cera channeling his Cera-ness perfectly, which is tougher than it looks.
A.O. Scott, New York Times:
Mr. Wright’s deeper ingenuity (and Mr. O’Malley’s) is to collapse the distance between gamer and avatar not by throwing the player into the world of the game, but rather by bringing it to him. (If you want to reverse this process there is now a Scott Pilgrim video game.) As a result, the line between fantasy and reality is not so much blurred as erased, because the filmmakers create an entirely coherent, perpetually surprising universe that builds on Mr. O’Malley’s bold and unpretentious graphic style without slavishly duplicating it.
Much of the movie's whacked-out humor is the work of the director. Wright's facility with eccentric ornamentation -- bursts of canned laugh-track laughter, proudly cartoonish graphics, dreamscape enchantments and sudden split-screenery -- is irresistibly endearing; and his whiz-bang editing is a marvel throughout.
Leslie Gornstein, E! Online
A fun, frenetic, video-game-flavored-comedy that racks up the bonus points through a snappy script, savvy casting and smart use of pop references that only occasionally go too far.
Perhaps I might have to give this comic book-turned-vintage arcade game movie a shot.
Are you planning on seeing Scott Pilgrim vs. The World?
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