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Aug 10

Scott Pilgrim faces off against the three evil isms

Scott Pilgrim

Scott and the gang wonder how this is gonna go down.

As you may or may not have read, I love the Scott Pilgrim series– I think they’re lovable, smart, and funny works. I don’t love the movie on the same level, but I nevertheless think it’s a breathtakingly original work of pop art, and a perfect summer movie to boot. So the last thing I want to think about are the ways in which Scott Pilgrim may be a tad problematic in its portrayal of people-who-aren’t-straight-white-men, but what kind of obnoxious humorless feminist would I be if I just let that go? Here we go with another battle: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Three Evil -Isms.

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Aug 10

Scott Pilgrim makes a sweet summertime treat

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Michael Cera kicks an unprecedented amount of ass as Scott Pilgrim

The first thing I need to tell you about Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is this: The book is better. Yes, everyone says this every time a movie based on a book is released. Yes, it’s an entirely different medium. But seriously, the book is better. The film cuts out too much of the book’s depth and breadth to compare. Whereas the series is about not just Scott but Ramona, their friends, the rest of their universe, and growing up, the film is really just about Scott.

So that’s the bad news. The good news is that Edgar Wright’s film version has a vibrant energy of its own that makes it a spectacularly good time at the theater. In other words: Holy shit, it’s fun. Wright’s shown a knack for combining wacky and sweet with pop culture inside jokes as far back as Spaced, and he takes it to the extreme here. The result is exhilarating, a film that looks and feels like nothing else you’ve ever seen before.
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