I Don’t Know How To Feel About Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

2010 March 25

I am all but obligated to post the newly-released trailer to this comic book adaptation; the “Nerd” in my blog title would be totally inaccurate if I didn’t.

I’ll say this first off: I am going to see this movie solely because it’s directed by Edgar Wright, the director of — as the trailer says — Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Those are two of my favorite movies of the past decade, so I have to give him the benefit of the doubt here. And the visual style of the movie does look pretty damn fun. If I can appreciate the totally ridiculous, eye-melting, seizure-inducing visuals of Speed Racer, I can enjoy a full-blown attempt to create a live-action comic book.

What I cannot take is Michael Cera’s face and voice. Hey, it was perfectly amusing in Arrested Development when he was 15 years old, but he’s now 21 and it doesn’t seem like he’s even hit puberty yet. Between his ugly baby face (refer below) and squeaking voice, a pristine ID wouldn’t be enough to convince me he was of legal drinking age. Maybe he’s meant to be a teenager in this movie, yet again. But then this chick would be kind of a slut with seven evil ex-boyfriends already.

Also, from everything I’ve heard, the original comic book is apparently making fun of hipsters. But at the same time many of the people that are most interested seem to hipsters. I don’t know what to make of this. Perhaps they are self-aware hipsters capable of laughing at themselves? Does that qualify as ironic?

What I cannot abide is making Mary Elizabeth Winstead look this bad. She was totally hot in both Live Free or Die Hard and Death Proof, but in this movie she’s got the whole kinda goth/hipster with no makeup thing going on and it’s just disappointing. She doesn’t even look that good when Scott Pilgrim falls in love with her at first site! Does he just have a purple hair fetish? I imagine this is the face I’d see if I asked him this question.

A closing thought: someone whose opinion I trust saw an advance screening and said the trailer is shit and the movie is awesome. So that’s encouraging. I trust Edgar Wright like I trust Christopher Nolan.

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  • Lila

    “with no makeup thing going on and it’s just disappointing. ”

    What’s wrong with no makeup? If she needed makeup to look hot then she obviously wasn’t hot in the first place.

  • Lila

    Oh and a quick look at the trailer shows me she’s wearing PLENTY of makeup.

  • http://somewhatmanlynerd.com/blog CajoleJuice

    Oh I don’t know even know where I was going with that statement. Just that she looks worse (and I guess with more blemishes) than the other two movies I’ve seen her in, by far. Someone even said to me on Twitter that he didn’t even know it was her until he read my blog post.

  • anth

    7 ex’s, what a lady