I struggled to form my opinions about the “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” trailer because the reaction I had when I first saw it was more akin to “SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!” than a coherent thought.
But you know what? A few hours and several viewings later, I am unable to silence my inner geek.
This flick looks like the bastard child of a hipster and a comic-reading, video-game playing nerd … and I loved every second of it.
“Scott Pilgrim” is about a 20-something Toronto slacker, played by Michael Cera, who falls in love with his dream girl, Ramona Flowers, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. But before he can date her, he has to fight her seven evil ex-boyfriends. Early preview screenings indicated that this film was literally a comic book brought to life, and the trailer seems to confirm these reports. The fights are right out of a comic book panel with written-out sound effects (“CRACK!” “WHAM!”) and the action is surreal. My personal favorite was when evil-ex Lucas Lee, played by the eyebrows of Chris Evans, whips Cera into one of the Casa Loma towers.
Personally, my fears about Cera have disappeared, in part because he looks like he is holding his own in the trailer, and in part because he is overshadowed by the action and visuals. Even if he does revert to his typical mumble-filled performance, “Scott Pilgrim” has enough of fun visuals and special effects to make you forget all about it.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” also stars Brandon Routh, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman, Kieran Culkin and Mae Whitman. Catch it in theaters starting Aug. 20.
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