Review – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

January 14, 2011

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World [2010]

Starring: Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Ellen Wong, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick
Director: Edgar Wright
Screenwriter: Michael Bacall, Edgar Wright

Scott Pilgrim is, in many regards, the movie of this generation; of my generation. The cultural references are to video games, comic books and new media. Its outlook on life is one that feels uniquely in touch with many of the sensibilities I feel myself and my peers hold. It’s also a movie that I can imagine people saying, “maybe I have to read the comic to fully understand it”. Although I agree that it’s difficult not to think of an adaptation in how it relates to its source, I also believe that adaptations should stand on their own and not rely on an understanding of the source to get the most out of them. Fortunately for Scott Pilgrim, it does stand on its own.

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Can Michael Cera Actually Act?

December 29, 2009

With Michael Cera’s new movie, Youth in Revolt coming out soon, I couldn’t help but ask myself if he can actually act. What I’m hearing is that he can. By this I’m only referring to the fact that he’s played essentially the same exact character since he debuted to the world in Arrested Development. There hasn’t really been much of a change at all in the way he’s interpreted these characters. Whether it be Bleeker in Juno, or a “caveman” in Year One, he always plays the awkward teenager trying to find love. And delivering his lines in the exact same way. I’ll grant you that this worked in Arrested Development, and it worked perfectly for Bleeker, and even for his role in Superbad. But it was around then when I started to think, “is this kid a brilliant actor, or is it just that he can’t play anyone, or anything, else?” The latter certainly seems to be winning.

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