Sunday, August 15, 2010
But I don't think Cera's the entire problem I have with the film. I've very much enjoyed Superbad, Arrested Developement, and Juno, and in each of those cases I felt Cera was essential to the material's success. Seeing him pushed as a hero here doesn't work for me, but after pondering the film for a day I'm left thinking that he had less to do with that concern than I originally thought. The more I think about the film, the more I realize the story - as adapted from a comic - comes off as another lazy love story that assumes that "quirky" characters don't need to be deep or interesting as individuals.
It's a fun story, but people are reacting to these characters as if they're family members or loved ones, and I don't get why. The side characters are pretty entertaining, but there's little aside from Scott's t-shirt collection and knowledge of music (a must for any prospective romantic stalker) and Ramona's changing hair colors that make their relationship any different from any other characters in teen films. Director extraordinaire Edgar Wright does a fine job of blurring this dynamic with his skillful recreation of the hip/indie scene and video game love that was expected from the film, but after the film ended and I thought about it for a few hours, the underlying plot seemed like just another film in which infatuation is assumed to be synonymous with love.
From an entertainment standpoint, I wasn't disappointed with Scott Pilgrim as a film. There's a lot of fun action, cool special effects, and some great moments where side characters steal the show. Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, and Brandon Routh all bring laughs; and a cameo by one of my favorite dudes (I won't name names, but I've been saying that he makes every movie better since Deep Blue Sea) was the highlight of the film for me.
Maybe Scott Pilgrim will become more likeable to me on repeat viewings - it definitely offered enough fun and originality for me to give it another chance - but for now I'm left feeling disconnected from that which is supposedly so incredibly cool. I guess I really am from Iowa.
(P.S. - Yes, I'm aware there's an Iowan in the movie. But he graduated from high school with more than 57 people and probably never fed a pig.)
(P.P.S. - One last serious question: Is the music Scott and his band "play" really supposed to be "good"?)