Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

My husband went DVD shopping a few weeks ago, and brought Scott Pilgrim vs. the World home for me. I had started to watch the Lonesome Dove miniseries, which many of y’all had recommended, but it wasn’t working for me. The overwrought music and the hammer-heavy foreshadowing, and then that closeup of Sean in the river that freezes at the end of Part 1 combined to make me less than eager to finish.

So instead we watched Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I loved it, again. That may be because I’m a comic book geek and loved the series of graphic novels. Help me test this theory. Did you like the movie without having read the books? But anyway, read the books. So much geeky goodness to be had in them!

8 Responses to “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)”

  1. Steph Says:

    In the name of science, I will reveal that I have not read the books and vehemently did not like the movie. Watched it a few months ago and found it largely painful and while not entirely incomprehensible, I didn’t really care about the story it was telling. And this is coming from a Torontonian, who should have been geeking out on all the references to her hometown!

  2. girldetective Says:

    Steph, were you a fan of director Wright’s other movies, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, etc.?

  3. carolyn Says:

    I liked that movie without reading the books!

    I thought it was very fun! incorporated lots of fun stuff from video games (the coins falling) and comic books in general (all the fights are very superhero-y) and I just had a grin on my face the whole time.

    I really like that pastiche of influence style which is what I like in Tarantino movies as well.

  4. Jennifer Reese Says:

    I’m answering your question re: milk powder here to be sure you’ll see it. I spent much time wondering about mysterious milk powder and then it dawned on me that she’s talking about powdered milk. Even if that’s not what she’s talking about, it works in the recipes.
    I’m in the middle of Middlemarch and it is one of those Lonesome Dove/Suitable Boy reading experiences.

  5. girldetective Says:

    Thanks for the milk powder info. I was wondering if they even carry it at my co-op, or if I’ll still have to make a special trip, but both Bob’s Red Mill and Organic Valley make it, so I bet it’ll be easy to find and I was just a fearful dork about it. I’m thrilled to hear that about Middlemarch. I’m totally picking it for my book group for May. Woo!

  6. Steph Says:

    I am not the biggest Shaun of the Dead fan (I like it, but didn’t luuuuurve it as many do), but I did really enjoy Hot Fuzz. Visually I thought this movie was fine, but the characters and storytelling felt flat to me.

  7. girldetective Says:

    I agree that they were “flat” but it wasn’t a problem for me; it was more an intriguing translation of a 2D B & W comic to a color film with real people. I think having an affection for geek culture really made a difference for me, where I liked Shaun, but don’t love zombies, and liked Hot Fuzz more, as I enjoy silly cop movies more than zombie flicks.

  8. Lynn Says:

    To be hsenot, maybe it’s because I’m more of an action fan than a zombie fan, I liked this movie more than Shaun. This just had me laughing even more than Shaun did. And I loved the gun battle’ at the end! Great review nonetheless!