I went to see it opening weekend. I knew nothing about it except what I had seen in the trailers. I hadn’t read the books, but I knew they existed. From the trailers, I was down the middle on how I expected the movie to go. I would say at the time I went to see it I was completely open minded. Since seeing the movie, I have now also read the first book to see if it was better. Honestly, I think it was worse.
My verdict: it wasn’t that great.
No, really, and I’m keeping my geek card. It just wasn’t that great a movie. Michael Cera doesn’t piss me off the way he does to many other people, but he was playing exactly the same Michael Cera character I’ve seen in Juno and Superbad. Nothing he brought to the part seemed to define Scott Pilgrim in a different way. Oh, he could fight. That seemed to come out of nowhere and made no sense. Also, Scott Pilgrim in the book is not Michael Cera. Scott Pilgrim in the book is actually kind of a dick. Michael Cera was less of a dick, but kind of boring.
My husband and I have discussed this and determined that we are, in theory, the target audience for Scott Pilgrim. When the book was published, both Scott Pilgrim and I were 22. I should know all the same stuff he does. So then why did I feel like half the references were thrown in just because I should know them and not because they were funny? I shrugged at the pee bar. I’m not sure how the words subspace highway led to Mario 2. I can’t figure out what kind of a geek Ramona was. She didn’t seem to be any. Our theater seemed to laugh at a lot of stuff. I didn’t. Neither did my husband. I can’t remember what most of those things were, but I know I raised a few eyebrows.
As for the romantic comedy part of it. Nothing about Scott, Knives, or Ramona felt like geek love to me. He decided that he was in love with Ramona, and she decided that was okay. There was no bonding over geeky things. Scott and Knives played the fighting game together, but that was it. I felt nothing for the relationships between these characters. I didn’t care if Scott ended up with Ramona at the end. She was kind of annoying, and awfully fickle. Knives was nothing but annoying. I felt like there were no characters, just dolls, mostly flat paper dolls. The book, by the way, even worse. Scott is more annoying, less consistent, and awfully hard to care about.
All right. I will stop complaining for a minute. The fight scenes were fun. The evil exes were amusing, and the intertwining of the video game stuff within the fights was enjoyable. Of course, I didn’t really care if Scott won said fights, but still, interesting to watch. I think somewhere in there was a thing where Scott tried to find each ex’s weakness and use it against them. That was a nice thing. Although, I feel like even that was lost by the end. I can’t remember Gideon’s weakness, and that should have been the most important one.
So, I’ve probably just pissed off a lot of our readers. Sorry. Gotta tell you though, I have opinions and I speak my mind. I’m a die hard trekkie who avoids the Search for Spock, and I will never, never like Buffy (although the Xander and Anya show is not too bad, with a little Giles for good measure). However, I adore BSG and Stargate:SG1 and SGU (but not so much Atlantis). So, there, I have my opinions, and as for Scott Pilgrim they are thus: looked pretty, but pretty doesn’t make a good movie. Nothing I want to see again. I’ll keep my American Splendor as my favorite comic book movie, thanks.