November 7, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Title: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Year: 2010
Length: 112 minutes
Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright, based on comic books by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Music: Nigel Godrich (score); Beck Hansen (songs) (and non-original music)

My reaction
Synopsis: a boy fights for the girl of his dreams
How I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Concept: Good.
Story: Good.
Characters: Great. It's easy to dismiss them, since the movie turns character development into gags and plays turning-points as parody of dramatic convention. Also, having characters who mask their feelings in a movie where subtlety is bound to be lost is maybe a bit questionable. But I think it works. I've read criticisms where it's complained that Ramona doesn't like Scott enough, but the thing is, we're seeing things from Scott's perspective, and the fact that he has no idea whether she likes him is kind of the point to the whole movie.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Good.
Music: Great.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). Wonderful fun. I expected to see something that tried too hard to be novel, but that is not the case. Somehow the surreal video game world manages to seem like a perfectly natural way to express these characters.
Objective Rating: 3.5/4 (Very good).

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