The Calm Before The Storm
Now that I’m in the twilight of my Staples career, it’s amazing how less stressful that job is. In fact, everyone has been really great towards me there, probably because I’ve been filling in for the people who haven’t been showing up for their shifts.
As kind of a “congrats on getting a REAL job” gift to myself, I finally picked up Borderlands, and as awesome as this game is, I feel like this is the absolute worst time I could’ve picked it up. Next week is going to be a whirlwind of meetings and signing contracts and mentally preparing myself to step back into the educational world, and already all I want to do is level up my hunter so I can play online with my roommate and not get destroyed.
Now I’m well aware that it’s Wednesday, which typically means NEW COMICS!!!!….but I have to go to work in about an hour, so I don’t gots the time to read them. However, here’s my review of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Director: Edgar Wright
To me, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is like the cliff-notes version of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels. At six volumes, there’s no way that the movie could have fit in everything that O’Malley created. Much like Watchmen, I think it’s better to see the movie FIRST, and then read the graphic novel if you liked it, as it fleshes everything out, and delves more deeply in Scott’s past relationships.
All that being said, I really enjoyed this movie. Edgar Wright’s style was so in sync with the source material that at times the graphic novel was literally moving on the page. The movie follows the first 4 volumes of the comics nearly beat for beat, but then goes off and does its own thing, staying with the tone of the graphic novels.
The cast, was simply, phenomonal. Even Mr. Cera, who I’ll admit I was getting really sick of, does a great job portraying Scott, and his roommate Wallace, played by Kieran Culkin, IS the embodiment of Scott’s roommate. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is also amazing as Ramona Flowers, the girl who’s “seven evil exes” Scott must do battle with. And the exes, specifically Chris Evans and Brandon Routh, are hilarious.
The soundtrack also made the movie. Beck supplies all of the songs by Sex Bob-Omb, Scott’s band, and there were numerous musical cues to things like Seinfeld and even The Legend Of Zelda, which I will admit, make me geek out, a LOT.
My only real complaint with the movie was that I wish they had fleshed out many of the supporting characters…like they did in the graphic novel. But again, there’s no way they could have done a full adaptation in two hours. Hopefully we’ll get an extended edition on DVD that contains more Wallace Welsh, because we could all use more Wallace Welsh.
3 1/2 Evil Exes out of 4