Swanner: Michael Cera stars as Scott Pilgrim, a young man who meets the love of his life only to find out that he must battle her “Evil Exes” in order to date her. The movie is based on the Oni Press graphic novel Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, written by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Scott lives in a world like ours but in reality he lives in a world where gaming rules apply.
Judd: You should have mentioned that it’s her Seven Evil Exes. Why is that important? Because by the fourth Ex, I was bored with the battle shtick and was ready to see the closing credits. With that said, Scott Pilgrim is well written, well made and the fight scenes were choreographed wonderfully. However the movie is a one trick pony that relies on said trick seven times over.
Swanner: It does get a bit long for us novices but it’s not just a one trick pony. The Evil Exes is a big part of the story, but it’s the characters in the movie that really drove it for me. His high school girlfriend, his gay roommate and his sister were hilarious. The band, which he is the lead bassist, is a lot of fun as they try to win in the battle of the bands contest. There was a lot going on so I’m thinking you were bored because you couldn’t see past the one trick.
Judd: Maybe … I know I felt like an 80 year old watching the movie. The movie is very hip – and hip in a good way, not a Juno forced wannabe hip. God, I hate Diablo Cody. Anyway, sure there were the characters and other story lines, but you’re right, I couldn’t see past the one trick. I will say it was nice to see Michael Cera do something a little more than his usual Michael Cera Stuttering Pussy routine. He was still a stuttering pussy, but at least he kicked some ass.
Swanner: Totally agree with you on the Michael Cera “pussy” factor. I usually call him the Nudge. Yes he’s a bit safe here but at least he’s not dragging his feet. I also thought it was a really well cast film and having some sweet cameos like Chris Evans and Brandon Routh rounded it out nicely. I have to give most of the credit for the film to the Director Edgar Wright who made films like Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead instant hits and Michael Bacall who co-wrote this fun script with Wright.
Judd: This is one of those movies where given all its bonuses, I should have liked it. A good looking cast, Edgar Wright directing and well choreographed fight scenes, however, I think the repetitive nature of the story and its 2 hour runtime got to be too much for me.