Scott Pilgrim is dating a highschooler. A 17-teen year old Chinese Canadian highschooler to be precise. But then he encounters Ramona Flowers and becomes a nice guy dick and starts seeing her too. But Ramona has a past, 7 evil exes, and for some reason Scott must fight and defeat them all.
Are you getting the impression that I didn’t really enjoy this film?
It looked great. And I did enjoy the nods to computer game-play and geekery. But it was very much a case of style over substance. There was no plot. Okay, so Scott had to defeat Ramona’s seven evil exes, but for what reason? Show Spoiler ▼
I just didn’t get that bit of the storyline at all!
And then there was the fact that Scott was an asshole. He was a dick fooling himself into believing that he was a nice guy. Of course I mean that he was a Nice Guy® and so an ass-hole.
Also, it was boring. And I really think that that is the greatest crime that an action-ish film can commit. The viewer needs to be entertained by what is on screen, even if that is only in the most “switch-off-your-brain” Crank/Fast and the Furious sort of way. This film just repeated itself. And yes, I know that that is a nod to the whole computer game yoke where you do different levels and sorta go through the same general outline only with harder bosses to defeat, but this isnt a game, it is a film. And for me it just didn’t work.
Also, there were no characters in it. None at all. They were all just stereotypes. Scott was the Nice Guy indie-loser-but-hero; Ramona was the unobtainable female, the reward for our hero; then there was the gay friend; the “exotic” girlfriend; the evil ex-girlfriend who destroyed out hero in the past. Blah blah blah. Actually writing this review I find myself liking it even less. When I came out I was prepared to say that it was sorta enjoyable in that the style is entertaining even if the story isn’t. But after thinking about it sufficiently to write up this review I’ve come to the conclusion that I really didn’t like it.
Other reviews: Action Flick Chick ; Confessions of a Film Critic ; Got me a movie ; Gender Across Borders
- definition of a nice guy ↩
- for a certain value of thinking ↩
Oh noes! I enjoyed this immensely (as did the vast number of (obvious) geeks i was at the movies with). The movie is based on a comic/graphic novel (whatever), i think, so the plot (or lack thereof) does make sense to me, in a way.
Also, Michael Cera shows that he *potentially* can do something *ever so slightly* different from *just* Michael Cera. Which, you know. Is something to look forward to. One day.
But i do agree with you that, despite its incredible look, the movie is far from perfect, and not just because the characters are on the flimsy side.
I haven't read the comics, so maybe it makes more sense if you have. At least there is *more* there.
I think I was quite disappointed by it. All flash and no bang :)