Yes, the new trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World looks great, if you’re into a certain kind of comic-book movie. Indeed, the newer trailer reveals just how comic-book geeky Edgar Wright’s follow-up to Hot Fuzz is going to be, and it’s really fucking comic-book-y. Good, bad? Depends on your affinity for comic books, I suppose. Personally, I kind of wish that Wright would’ve held back a little with the balloon words and the geeky pathetic-ness. It feels kind of like its rubbing our face in its geek cred, like Reality Bites did for slackers (granted, Reality Bites was fantastic). It’s just a little smug about it.
Also, Wright faces an uphill battle in revolving a movie around Michael Cera. Everybody else in this movie looks fantastic, especially Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Ramona V. Flowers. But Cera’s mumbly obnoxiousness almost seems heightened here. And it’s the kind of movie where you’d kind of like to see the hero get his ass beat. A lot. And then the girl goes home with us.
The geek heavy sites are promoting this like it’s the second coming (but then again, it’s not like they ever came the first time — Hey O!), but I’m going to temper expectations a wee bit, if only because the movie looks narrowly tailored toward that fanboy audience. If you count yourself among that audience, then here’s a reason to celebrate. Own your geek and fly that fucking flag, dorks. Liberate your undergarments! Walk around the office today pants-less and if someone asks you why, you tell them that Scott Pilgrim said it was OK. Then quietly collect your belongings and make your way toward the unemployment line.