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The More I See of Scott Pilgrim, the Less Interested I Become

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | June 7, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | June 7, 2010 |

I don’t want to be burned at the stake for saying this (and believe it or not, you guys are probably a lot more sympathetic to my perspective than many of the actual online movie critics, who have already decided to go gaga over Scott Pilgrim without having ever seen it), but the more I see of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the less interested in it that I become. It’s not that I don’t dig Edgar Wright — he’s made two of the best movies of the last decade in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. And it’s not some sort of anti-comic book bias, either. I don’t even think it’s a general apathy to Michael Cera (although, he doesn’t help).

It just feels like they’ve taken the whimsy and quirk from Juno (which I loved) and transplanted it onto a comic book movie. And I don’t like the combination. It feels Diablo-ized.

Also, will someone who has read the graphic novel explain to me, assuming it’s not spoilerish, how Scott Pilgrim has the ability to kick the seven ex-boyfriends’ asses? He’s not Forrest Gumping his way through these fights and inadvertently coming out the victor. From the scenes I’ve seen, he’s plain bloody kicking their asses. Did he get some sort of superpowers from his guitar when it was struck by electricity or something?

Anyway, here’s a clip, keeping in mind that when you show a full two-minute scene from a movie, you’re probably going to show one of the better ones. Does it make you any more or less inclined to see the movie?

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