"And I said: 'Through the heart of Tuscany a little river, born in Falterona, winds in its course more than a hundred miles, and from its banks I bring this body here; there is no point in telling you my name, for I have not as yet won fame on earth." (CANTOXIV Purgatory)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The Middle Aisle Critique: wanted-8 BIT PUNK REALISM meets GRAPHIC NOVEL STORY ARCS Directed by the guy who brought us Shaun of the Dead....
Summer of 2010 has been indeed a pseudo-disapointing summer at the movies. Around the age of 15 I began my "journey" from unenlightened child to educated student of film, and in the course of that time I have found few summers with as little to offer as the summer of 2010. Every major studio made attempts at starting new franchises, rebooting old franchises, and creating the prelimenary sequels that populate almost every summer period. In this time I have seen 3 bad films (Sorcerors Apprentice, Prince of Persia, Robin Hood), 1 entertaining yet not quite as memorable film (Iron Man 2), and three great films (Toy Story 3, Inception, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World). Every other film I have skipped, merely out of a lack of interest in their subject matter, or in their overall quality.
Midaisle Critic Eric Wilkinson presents....
THE SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (2010) review
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a film that only happens once in a long time.
It may not have the privelage of extensive marketing, hefty source material (its based on a series of independently published graphic novels), or astounding box office numbers; but what it does have, is a completely self-sufficient universe chock full of graphic novel story arcs, archetype villains, underground punk rock rivalries, and 8-bit hyperrealism thrown in for good measure. Its literally like you are living inside of an arcade machine, if that arcade machine was populated by punk battle of the bands and 20 something angst. This film will probably not do well in the long run (box office wise); but WILL gain a cult following for its decisive usage of humor, and culture.
Scott Pilgrim is a hilarious film. The casting is seemingly perfect, even down to the cameos (Clifton Collins and Thomas Jane in a great scene stealing moment), and the direction by Edgar Wright drives the film forward as a collage of graphically visual comedy.