It’s been an interesting year in film. From powerhouse performances [James Franco in 127 Hours; Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone] to terrific ensemble pieces [Scott Pilgrim vs. The World]; from unexpectedly great remakes/re-imaginings [Let Me In, True Grit] to spectacular animated features [Toy Story 3, Megamind] there has been no shortage of entertaining films.
Earlier this month, Michelle posted her list of the best home video releases of 2010, but most of them were Blu-ray releases. Here’s a best of list for the majority of us who have yet to upgrade to high-def.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is an 8-bit, rock & roll, multi-period, anime´, kung fu teen romance – which is to say that it’s a genuinely unique movie experience. Short form: Pilgrim falls in love with a girl in what he thinks is a dream, meets her at a party and stalks her until they fall in love, then has to deal with her baggage [seven evil exes] as well as his own [the girl who dumped him went on to become a rock & roll goddess].
The Summer of my discontent continues. I can’t say that I walked into Scott Pilgrim with high hopes, I loved Michael Cera in Juno, but his one note acting ability got old real quick. In every movie he’s in he gets to be the hero, gets the girl, gets to be in a band and have his own posse and does it all with very minimal effort. Is he a geek, slacker or cool guy? He’s all of these and we as an audience is supposed to feel some connection to him but he and his characters always come across as too aloof. Scott Pilgrim has moments when it is laugh out loud funny and has some truly cool action scenes but it’s overdone, over the top and they are so darn smug and self-aware about everything.