Sunday, April 11, 2010

We Can't Wait #10 - SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

Boom! Pow! Snik! It's JA and Dave with the next righteous entry in the "We Can't Wait: Summer and Beyond" countdown...

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, Allison Pill, Jason Schwartzman...


Synopsis: Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Girl likes boy. Boy must defeat her seven evil exes in order to win her heart. Shit gets real. Real awesome!
Brought to you by: Hooded sweatshirts, original console Nintendo fetishism, and true love. Also, giant hammers and flaming swords. But yeah, true love.
Expected release date: August 13th, 2010
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JA: I've had that trailer on my iPod since it came out and have watched it way, way too many times. I could probably recite it shot by shot - "We open on Michael Cera's face, bird-like and trepidatious, slowly moving towards us..." - as if it were a story unto itself. I'm so far into the stratosphere of geeking out over this movie that it's moved past spazzy and obnoxious unto a place where a new word is needed. I hereby deem my anticipation for this movie "spaznoxious."

It didn't start out this way. I hadn't even read Bryan Lee O'Malley's comics until after the pieces started falling into place with the film and got me interested. Well, make that piece-the-singular fell into place: Edgar Wright was there, and wham bam, I was interested. Shaun of the Dead is my happy place.

But from there, more pieces. If there wasn't a Michael Cera in the world then we'd have had to forge one from the mountain of the geek-gods to play Scott. We'll see if his on-the-nose casting pays off in unexpected ways or if it's too on-the-nose, but I still have faith in the myriad pleasures of his stammering behoodied goodness.

And the rest of the cast seems like a blast. And then the test screenings where everybody's eyeballs exploded. And then the trailer showed up and it was just all too much, that we have to wait until August. Too much! I need to find a magic whistle or the secret code (Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right Select Start?) to warp myself into the future where I'm seeing the movie already!

Dave: I suppose it's helpful for this countdown that I come at this movie from a rather different direction - I've never read the comics, I've watched the trailer a mere three times, and, well, that probably makes it clear that I'm less spaznoxious than calm and intrigued - two things that probably don't really need combining into a new word. So, really, I should let you spaznoxiously ramble about this because I'm bound to come across as disengaged in comparison.

But fact is, despite my much less... immersive experience of everything Scott Pilgrim already is, I AM excited. The cast basically seems like a hipster cinephile's wet dream - and Michael Cera is yet to knock himself out of my favour, sorry everyone - and, as you said, Edgar Wright is the creator of the happy place of several thousand people. It should certainly be interesting to see how his lunatic Britishness rubs up against the geek chic Americanness of the comic (well, that's the impression I get, anyway). Although it's certainly my experience that British youth culture has become so Americanized anyway that they're practically melding into one; but nevertheless, this is younger than Wright has skewed before (we'll miss you, Mr. Pegg) so I'm intrigued to know how he handles that.

And I think the part of the trailer - which I've watched ten times, by the way - despite all the "WHIP"ing and "KPOK"ing and the deliciously hammy one-liners from the cast is the way Cera delivers the line "Seven" with such despondency, and then it's undercut by the lovely Anna Kendrick - this isn't man-flu, Anna! That chick had a chain-whip!

JA: Knowing the books, I can tell you that the trailer's def. playing up the big comic-booky aspects - gotta sell them tickets - but you're in for a treat if the interaction between Cera and Kendrick is what's hitting your buttons because these books are really funny, and the characters are all so rich. I wished they would've given some screen-time to Keiran Culkin who has the plum role of Scott's gay roommate Wallace, or to Ellen Wong as Knives, the too-young girl in love with Scott, but I guess we've still got months for that. (Ugh, months!)

Dave: Now, this information about even more characters both excites and worries me. Excites because, well, to be all youthfully enthusiastic about it, they sound awesome! And in addition to those we've already got a preview of that's one load of epic characters.


But there's the worry. Are there too many to handle? The tagline is "An epic of epic epicness" but I don't see anyone letting Wright get away with a three-hour cut. So those evil exes will have to be ousted a cut-throat rate. But that, the unfolding of it in hopefully outlandish directions, is part of the thrill, I suppose, for me and anyone else who doesn't know the story inside-out. The attitude of self-aware geekery it exudes are the key points of interest for me. But you, JA, do you not have any worries about how it might be altered for the movies? I can't remember the last comic-book adaptation that wasn't some kind of vibrantly violent thing, or a superhero. And Scott, well, I sense he's more of a super-geek.

JA: If I didn't have such an epic amount of epic faith in Mr. Wright I'd probably be more worried. Oh sure, we're gonna lose a lot of the little moments in between the battles and the multiple side-stories with multiple side-characters, but that's what I have the books for, and will always have the books for. I have no trouble seeing this as its own two-hour-ish mash-up of O'Malley's world constructed and given life by the hands of Edgar Wright, and that in itself translates to enough awesome all on its own. More than enough!

What about you, dear readers? Is that a joystick
in your pocket, or are you just excited for this movie?

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22 comments:

Andrew R. said...

I really, really want to see this.

And don't worry if there are too many-two are twins, he beats them at the same time. (Oops. Spoiler.)

Catherine said...

I'm just pysched that Ann Veal has a job.

Robert Hamer said...

Wow, this is the first time I've ever seen the trailer. It was...interesting.

Jude said...

Anna Kendrick + Michael Cera = anticipation.

Volvagia said...

I don't know if it'll be two hours. Three sounds about right, actually. Longer would be pushing it, but, if Edgar has any pull in the ad campaign, he wouldn't agree with the word "epic" for a movie as long as Hot Fuzz. Even if it conveys Pilgrim's over-inflated self regard.

Anonymous said...

I wish I had named my daughter "Knives."

Dimitra said...

I simply can't wait!

Btw, this is I think the best tagline of the year so far:" An epic of epic epicness".

badmotherfucker said...

Based on the trailer, Anna Kendrick's line delivery alone is worth the price of admission.

Walter L. Hollmann said...

Re-reading the graphic novels now, so as to prepare for myself for a third reading come August, so as to prepare myself for the movie. Which looks AWWWWWWESOME.

Ron Cruz said...

Would it be crazy to predict a Best Adapted Screenplay nom for this one? :)

Jordan Ruimy said...

cannot wait indeed, ann veal is awesome

natallie said...

Wow, this is the first time I've ever seen the trailer.

jahs34 said...

Does anybody knows is there a book with the whole collection? i tried to find it on Amazon but couldn't.

JA said...

jahs34, not yet. The sixth and final volume hasn't even been published yet - it's out on July 20th. Once that's been out for awhile they'll probably put them into a single book, but for now you have to buy the five already published volumes separately.

And yes, this means that Edgar Wright and his co-writers had to write the screenplay without having the final book (actually I think they didn't have the 5th book either when they wrote it). They obviously had access to Bryan Lee O'Malley and what he planned on writing, but I know he or Edgar, can't remember which, have said recently that things changed in the actual writing of the books so what we see in the film and the final pair of books will be kinda different.

Janice said...

I can't stand superhero movies in general, and that whole spate of "comic books to movies" trend is of no interest to me (I am SUCH a girl), but this actually looks like fun - something that doesn't take itself seriously, and thank god for that.

I admit though that the girlfriend reminds me way too much of "Clementine" from ESOTSM. One of my all-time favorite movies, and I'm not sure if it's an intentional reference (a la Baz referencing Titantic and pretty much everything he could think of in Moulin Rouge, and that's part of the fun - "spot the reference!") or if it's unintentional and the filmmakers do not intend for my mind to wander over to the other film every time I see her. (?)

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IslandLiberal said...

"geek chic Americanness"

Canadianness; Scott is Canadian, and it's set in Toronto.

Chris Na Taraja said...

Is this KICK ASS mixed with ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND?

BrianZ said...

I adore the cast but must disagree about Cera, an actor I do like. I don't think he is on the nose casting, for Scott in the books is outlandish, brash and loud, three things that Cera rarely plays.

Dude said...

Wow, will Michael Cera ever play a character different from George Michael in AD? He does the same shtick everytime. And his female counterparts are INFINITELY more interesting (Juno, Maebe and now this one)...

Ryan T. said...

Haven't read the books/comics, but as someone who worships the altar that is Edgar Wright, I am ALL OVER this film like white on rice.

Number of times I've seen the trailer: 9 and counting.