￼Every once in a while I do things out of obligation…really being bullied into it by various influences, but mostly the internet.
God damn the internet. It has got me to do more things I end up regretting than alcohol.
Doctor Who (that’s right, come get me)
and More Anime shows than I care to admit…
SCOTT PILGRIM is just one more thing on the list. Thrust upon me by so many rabid fans until finally I got the point where I threw up my arms in submission and threw this DVD on my Netflix cue to let fester like the forgotten lunch in the back of my high school locker.
It became buried under more important things, piles upon piles of things, and was eventually forgotten. Finally, Graduation day came and time came to clean everything out. One by one I took things off the top of the pile, not really taking notice of what was underneath, nor preparing for it. Instead I just let things pop up unexpectedly until finally I hit the bottom of the barrel…the petrified gym shorts (SPEED RACER), that old comic book that’s now crumpled beyond recognition (PUSS IN BOOTS,) and of course…the forgotten lunch that I didn’t want in the first place by was forced upon me anyways (SCOTT PILGRIM.)
My avoidance didn’t just stem from the movie being forced upon me…
I can’t stand manga and anime anymore. I really can’t. There, I said it. Chastise me if you must, but goddammit does the stuff repulse me.
Anyways…I’m getting off topic. The point being I really wasn’t looking forward to this movie. But dammit, it surprised me. Sure it’s not fantastic, but at the same time it’s intriguing.
The visual style is what has me most intrigued. Everything else…meh. I dunno, it seems waaaaaaaaay too hipster for me. Quirky…perhaps a bit too quirky. The best way I can describe it is GARDEN STATE meets Joss Wheden…but only a little bit of the latter and a whole heap of the former.
This makes for a veeeeeeeeeery slow movie, with lots of awkward moments where you’re not really sure whether you’re supposed to be laughing or not.
Then there’s Michael Cera…he just sucks. He really does…but having never seen ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, I never was a big fan of his to begin with.
The thing that’s frustrating is that I love character exposition…when it’s done well. This is not what I would call good character exposition. Perhaps something was lost in translation from the novel to the movie. I don’t know, I’ve never actually read them.
But I’m sure there are people screaming at me that I’m over analyzing this movie. Maybe I am…but hell, I’m not saying I hate the movie. I don’t…I just don’t think it’s as good as everyone said it was. Which is ultimately the result of everything I’ve been pressured into watching.
GURREN LAGAAN (or however the hell you spell it) was nothing special…
PANTY AND STOCKING tried too hard…
and DR WHO…just wasn’t my thing, so sue me.
As for SCOTT PILGRIM, it’s flawed, but intriguing. I’d be interested in reading the graphic novels at some point. Perhaps not anytime soon…but no worries, it won’t be another thing lost in the depths of my figurative high school locker.