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Goon: The Last Enforcer

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

After one too many injuries, hockey enforcer Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) is forced to give up his aspirations of going to the big show and settle into a buttoned down career as an insurance salesman at the urging of his pregnant wife Eva (Alison Pill). However, Doug can’t resist the siren call of the Highlanders, so he sets course to reclaim his former glory.

What people are saying:

“Baruchel’s sequel is everything Dowse’s original film was, amped up a degree or three: The fights involving dim-bulb hero Doug (Seann William Scott) and his various rivals are bloodier, the locker-room talk is dirtier and the on-ice action is slicker. The unlikely project – how many made-in-Canada films spark a franchise? – doesn’t quite reach the heights of the original film, which found surprising pathos in Doug’s tale of sweet good guy to brutal goon. But it delivers on nearly every other scale, including standout performances from returning players Scott, Alison Pill and Liev Schreiber, as well as some bits of comic gold courtesy of series rookies Wyatt Russell, T.J. Miller and Jason Jones” 4 stars

Goon was a keeper. The perhaps prophetically named “Last” isn’t exactly 101 minutes in the penalty box, but it’s a disappointing throwaway.” 2 stars

“It was okay ehh? Lots of good one-liner’s and even more fights. E Cuthbert was funny in her bit part. If you liked the first one then this one will not disappoint. The Sports Desk segments were funny yet sometimes monotonous. We could have done with a little less vulgar language. Don’t over-analyze it – just watch and enjoy. ” 3 stars

“Pretty funny with a decent story. it is a step below from the first movie in basically every aspect (like how you could really feel the hits in the fights in the first one, these fights were forgettable), but it was still enjoyable overall. i wasn’t a fan of some of the additions. the new hockey player that gives out candy is really annoying, and is an example of why this movie went over the line into goofy territory. the first movie was really funny without being goofy. i liked the team owner and new antagonist. he was pretty intimidating and looked like a medieval warrior in some of the scenes” 3 stars

“Six years later, the follow-up arrives. Not totally awful, in fact the skating action by the stars and mostly pros, stuntmen-standins, is very good. Credit the camera work for the excitement on ice. But off-ice the film is draggy in places and not very interesting. I prefer the wackier Sean William Scott from yonder years. Not really a lot to laugh at here. I know they are all older but that doesn’t mean they have to be duller. The ever-present fight scenes are brutal, and the language is what you would expect. Nice to see them all again, though. ” 3 stars

Cooties

Posted in Horror, Independent, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.

What people are saying:

“Just stupid! Elijah Wood must be hard-up for work to take this role. 10 year old kids (4th grade) using awful language. Gore abounds and the brief attempts at humor (it’s billed as a comedy) are so lame! I found no “sanving graces” in this film. The rental company (who do not allow their name to be used in “reviews”) said their “best guess” for my rating would be 3.2 stars. Not even close!” 1 star

“I had a lot of fun watching this movie. The jokes were funny, the scares were scary, and the gore was gory. Pretty much what it says on the tin, an altogether satisfying film.” 4 stars

“Fun premise, but dumbed-down script with very few laughs. I *hope* they were going for the look and feel of a 1980’s B-movie. What I liked were the zombie kids – pretty disturbing as a concept and the young actors are pretty creepy as a swarm of zombies. But the story of survival just keeps looping around on itself as the teachers try and find a way out and the ending is not satisfying at all….it just ends. Save for the presence of some good comedic character actors, this just felt rushed and cheap.” 2 stars

“As it stands cooties is neither scary nor funny. It’s a bad zombie movie as well with being a bad horror comedy. The movie has a good cast with a few somewhat entertaining performances, but the script is awful and the story goes nowhere. The Gore is over-the-top fake looking and ridiculous.” 1 1/2 stars

“This is watch it by your self late at night trying to fall asleep movie. Nothing really good or too bad about it. Has some funny parts but other times you wish it was more of a 40 minute single tv episode and have it get to the point.” 2 1/2 stars

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2015 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Mary Elizabeth “Lola” Steppe (Lindsay Lohan) is a 15-year-old girl who grew up in New York City and wants desperately to be a famous Broadway actress. Lola narrates the story. Much to her annoyance, she moves with her family to the suburbs of Dellwood, New Jersey, but she confidently tells the audience, “A legend is about to be born. That legend would be me.”

At school, Lola makes friends with an unpopular girl, Ella Gerard (Alison Pill), who shares her love for the rock band Sidarthur. Lola idolizes the band’s lead singer Stu Wolff (Adam Garcia). She also meets Sam, a cute boy who takes a liking to her, and makes enemies with Carla Santini (Megan Fox), the most popular girl in school.

When Lola auditions for the school play, a modernized musical version of Pygmalion called “Eliza Rocks”, she is chosen over Carla to play Eliza, and Carla promises to make her life miserable. Lola also beats Carla on a dancing video game at an arcade, where Carla reveals that she has tickets to the farewell concert of Sidarthur, who recently decided to break up. Afraid of being one-upped by Carla, Lola falsely claims that she and Ella have tickets, too. She loses her chance to buy tickets and new clothes when her mother takes away her allowance, and the concert is sold out by the time she persuades Ella to pay for the tickets. But Lola explains that they can buy tickets from a scalper, and she gets Sam to sneak Eliza’s dress out of the costume room for her to wear at the concert.

On the night of the concert, Lola and Ella take a train to New York City, but Lola loses the money for the tickets, and her plan to sneak into the concert doesn’t work. Lola and Ella finally give up and walk through the city to Stu’s after-show party. When they get there, Stu stumbles drunkenly out of the building and passes out in an alley. The two girls take him to a diner to sober him up, but he gets in trouble, and they end up at a police station, where Lola gives her father’s New York City address.

At this point, Lola’s dishonesty becomes a problem. When she met Ella, she tried to impress her by telling her a dramatic story about her father dying years earlier. Ella highly values honesty, so she becomes infuriated when she discovers that Lola’s story was a lie. After Lola’s father arrives, and they explain what happened, Stu gratefully takes them all back to the party, where Ella forgives Lola for lying, and the two girls see Carla, who sees them as well and looks upset. Lola talks with Stu about his work but is disappointed to discover that he is a drunk.

Back at school, Carla humiliates Lola by denying that she saw Lola or Ella at the party and calling Lola a liar. None of the other students believe Lola’s story about being arrested with Stu and leaving her necklace at his house.

Afterward, Lola goes home, depressed, and refuses to perform in the play, but she is spurred on by Ella’s encouragement and arrives backstage just in time to prevent Carla from taking over her part. As she is about to go on stage, her mother wishes her good luck and finally calls her by her nickname, “Lola”. The modernist interpretation of Pygmalion (Eliza Rocks) ensues. After a great performance that brings a standing ovation, the cast goes to an after-party at Carla’s house, where Stu arrives to see Lola. Carla tries to save herself from humiliation by saying he is there to see her but is proved wrong when Stu gives Lola her necklace in front of everyone. As Carla’s lies become apparent, she backs away from the crowd on the verge of tears and falls into a fountain, greeted by everyone’s laughter. In a conciliatory gesture, Lola helps her up, and Carla accepts defeat. After dancing with Stu, Lola dances with Sam, and they eventually share a kiss.

REVIEW:

We’ve all heard the term “drama queen”. Well, someone actually wrote a book about teenage girls being drama queens and it went on to become Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Are these confessions worth listening to? Is there too much drama in this comedy? Let’s find out!

What is this about?

Lindsay Lohan stars in this sparkling comedy, based on author Dyan Sheldon’s novel of the same name, about an avowed New York City teenager whose social life is uprooted when her family relocates to the suburbs of New Jersey. Determined to become popular at her school, she jostles with the reigning Queen Bee for supremacy. Does she stand a chance?

What did I like?

Youth movement. In 2004, Lindsey Lohan’s star looked like it couldn’t be stopped, but she wasn’t the only future star in this film. Allison Pill, who has gone on to do such films as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, had her big break, as it were, in this film and there was one more starlet. A raven haired beauty with steely blue eyes, we were introduced to her bending over an engine and showing her midriff in Transformers. Yes, Megan Fox is in this as well. What is impressive to me is how far these 3 girls have come from then to now. Lohan, had she stayed on track, would be a huge actress, but she let fame (and her mother) get in the way and is struggling to get roles. Pill is working steadily as an indie darling, which suits her. Fox has gone on to become one of the biggest actresses in the world (I’ll speak more on her later). See what happens when casting directors actually cast young talent, instead of recycling the same 3 or 4 actors/actresses in every film?

Drama Queen. If the word drama queen is in the film’s title and this is supposed to be more of a comedic, family type picture, then one would expect to see and exaggerated performance, correct? Lindsay Lohan didn’t disappoint. Her character has such overreactions to everything from moving to New Jersey, not getting tickets to a concert, her favorite band breaking up, etc. It really is fun seeing her play the drama queen, although I think we can all agree if we knew someone like that in person, we couldn’t take it! HA!

Little love. Female aimed films such as this usually have a love story in them. Sometimes that is on purpose and other times it is forced in there. I’m impressed that this film didn’t feel the need to shove a love story down our throats. We are introduced to the love interest and he makes an appearance here and there, but for the most part, he’s just background. As Lohan’s character says, “…I don’t have time for a boyfriend.” This film didn’t have time to deal with that drama, either, and I am glad!

What didn’t I like?

Rock band. There is so much talk about this fictional band, Sidarthur, but we never hear any of their songs. Not on the radio, not blaring out at the concert, nowhere. If these guys are so great, then shouldn’t we hear something by them somewhere? They could have even showed a fake music video of the guy before the break up similar to Music & Lyrics. They didn’t do that, though, and instead chose to focus on the stereotypical drunk rock star.

Young Fox. Megan Fox is a gorgeous woman, of that there is no question, but she can’t act her way out of a paper bag. Funny thing is, that statement doesn’t apply to young Fox, as she actually is somewhat capable. In the 3 years between this and Transformers, she apparently lost weight and acting talent, because nothing ive seen her in has been anywhere near this level. Now, don’t quote me as saying this is some Shakespeare-type performance. It just is the best she’s done.

Predictable. I guess a film of this level shouldn’t surprise me that it is so predictable, but I still desire something more. I wasn’t expecting to pretty much be able to tell everything that was about to happen, but I was and that took away from some enjoyment for me. I would wager the same goes for others that have or will watch this picture.

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen is not a bad movie. As a matter of fact, it is quite enjoyable! This is one of those pictures, though, that had a few things been tweaked, it could have been a great family film. Lohan does a great job with her role, the ending performance of a modernization of Pygmalion (don’t know why they just didn’t say it was My Fair Lady, instead) and the catchy theme song caught my attention, chemistry among the cast was great, Fox makes a great antagonist and, pardon me for this, mean girl, but there was just something about this film that kept it from reaching the next level. Do I recommend this? Sure, it is a good lazy afternoon watch, but don’t go out of your way to see it.

3 1/3 out of 5 stars

Dan in Real Life

Posted in Comedy, Drama, Independent, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , on October 21, 2012 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Dan Burns (Steve Carell) is a newspaper advice columnist, a widower, and a controlling father to his children Jane (Alison Pill), Cara (Brittany Robertson) and, Lilly (Marlene Lawston) in the New Jersey suburbs. His column is in contention to be syndicated nationally. The family takes a trip to the Rhode Island home of his parents (Dianne Wiest and John Mahoney) to visit his family—including his New York City-based brother, Mitch (Dane Cook), a personal trainer—for an annual family get together. Cara does not want to go, as she does not want to leave her boyfriend Marty (Felipe Dieppa) whom she claims to have fallen in love with in just three days. But Dan insists that it is not possible to fall in love in three days and makes her go. The morning after his arrival, Dan’s mother encourages him to go into town for a bit to give his daughters some space. Dan visits a bookstore and a customer named Marie (Juliette Binoche) mistakes him for an employee. Dan and Marie have an obvious connection and continue to talk over breakfast. Marie agrees to meet with Dan again before leaving but tells Dan that she has a boyfriend. Dan returns to his parents’ house and happily announces he has met someone new, only to find that Marie is there, her boyfriend being Dan’s brother, Mitch.

Dan and Marie spend the majority of their time trying to deny their attraction to each other. Dan even agrees to a date with Ruthie Draper, a childhood friend of Dan and Mitch’s who comes to visit and is now a surgeon. Cara’s boyfriend shows up despite the long journey but is sent home by Dan. Cara chases the car and cries and calls out, “You are a murderer of love!” to Dan when Marty is out of sight. During a family talent show, Dan plays guitar while Mitch sings Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door.” But Mitch forgets the words, and Dan steps in, serenading Marie in front of his brother. Marie is unable to continue to deny her feelings for Dan, and she breaks up with Mitch, which makes him distraught. Before leaving town, she calls Dan, and they meet at a bowling alley. After spending some time bowling, Marie and Dan end up kissing. At this point, Dan’s family shows up at the bowling alley. Surprised and infuriated at Dan for his betrayal, Mitch punches Dan in the face and Marie runs out.

A short time later, Dan finally meets with a father and daughter who run the newspaper media company. His family sits in on the meeting. Lost at what he has experienced, the meeting turns awkward but unresolved. Dan talks to his daughters and admits he is in love with Marie, even though he has only known her three days. Encouraged by his parents and the three girls, he goes after Marie. The film ends with Dan and his three daughters in New York City where they find Marie at her gym and the two make eye contact, to a voiceover in which Dan narrates his first column to his readers, indicating that he indeed was chosen by the newspaper media company to have his column nationally syndicated.

The ending scene in the film shows Dan and Marie descending the steps of his parents’ home and dancing following their wedding. Mitch is seen happily dancing with Ruthie Draper, and Cara is happily dancing with her boyfriend Marty.

REVIEW:

So, as funny a guy as Steve Carell is, he keeps making these independent comedies that are more reliant on the drama aspect than the comedy. Dan in Real Life also has that weird independent film vibe that amplifies that drama and lessens the funny. I knew there was a reason I kept putting this off. Maybe I should have just taken it off the list completely.

What is this about?

In this romantic comedy from director Peter Hedges, advice columnist and widowed father of three Dan Burns meets a new woman who’s beautiful and smart — but she also happens to be the girlfriend of Dan’s brother, Mitch.

What did I like?

Girls. While I wasn’t a fan of how the girls were so, I guess the word is angsty, I did like how they kept their father grounded. I can’t remember exactly what happened to their mother, but I am sure they also kept him from spiraling into a depression after that. The love they show for him, even when they are being your typical teenage daughters is heartwarming.

Check yes, Juliette. After seeing her in Chocolat not too long ago, Julette Binoche has risen from the depths on the unknown for me. Not only is she strikingly beautiful, but also a competent actress who carries the entire film in my opinion. Her scenes with Carell seem awkward, but that is because she doesn’t seem like the kind of girl who would fall for him. Then again, his wife is in the hotness category of Jenny McCarthy and Leslie Bibb. None of them compare to Juliette, though.

What didn’t I like?

Dane Cook. How does this no talent hack keep getting work?!?

Pointless cameo. Emily Blunt makes a 2 second cameo. She doesn’t say a word, but just smiles, waves, and drives away. I have to wonder, especially since they sort of gave her character a bit of a buildup, if her scenes ended up on the cutting room floor, because otherwise, it made no sense to get such a high-profile actress.

Family. In every other film that reunites families for some reason or another, we get decent screentime from each of the characters. Other than Mitch, we get nothing about this family, including the parents. They have a few scenes together, but for the most part, we aren’t connected to them anymore than we are the old lady in the bowling alley!

Dan in Real Life may have impressed the critics to the point that they were gushing over it, but I wasn’t as sold. For me, it was rather dull and lifeless. That pint aside, is it any good? Well, it is decent, but nothing more than average. I’m not going to recommend this, but I won’t steer you away from it. There are much worse films out there than this.

3 out of 5 stars

Goon

Posted in Comedy, Independent, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , on July 1, 2012 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott), a bouncer at a bar in Massachusetts, feels ostracized from his family, his father (Eugene Levy) and brother both being doctors. One day he attends a minor league hockey game with his friend Pat (Jay Baruchel). Pat taunts the visiting team during a fight and one of their players climbs into the stands, calling him a homosexual slur. Doug, in defense of his gay brother, quickly knocks him out, which prompts the rest of the crowd to cheer him on. Soon after, Doug gets a phone call from the coach of his hometown team who offers him a job as an enforcer, a player whose role is to protect his teammates and act as a deterrent by hitting or fighting opposing players who take liberties with his teammates.

In the meantime, veteran enforcer and Doug’s idol Ross “The Boss” Rhea (Liev Schreiber) is demoted to the minors after serving a 20 game suspension for slashing an opponent in the head from behind. Three years prior, Rhea hit and concussed the highly skilled prospect Xavier Laflamme (Marc-Andre Grondin) who has had trouble recovering from that incident due to the fear of being hit, being stuck in the minors and falling in with the wrong crowd. After earning himself the nickname “The Thug”, Doug is called up to Canada and hired by Laflamme’s team, the Halifax Highlanders, to protect Laflamme and be his roommate.

The Highlanders experience success with Doug as their primary enforcer, and he quickly gains popularity among fans and teammates much to the chagrin of his parents and Laflamme, particularly after losing ice time and the alternate-captaincy to Doug. Doug becomes romantically involved with Eva (Alison Pill), a hockey fan with a penchant for players.

With 4 games left on their schedule, the Highlanders need two wins to secure a playoff spot. On a road game in Quebec, after an opposing player concusses Laflamme with a heavy hit, Doug savagely beats the player unconscious and is suspended for the next game against Rhea and the St. John’s Shamrocks. Doug encounters Rhea at a diner, where Rhea dismisses Doug’s claim that he is a hockey player, calling him a goon. Rhea warns him that if they ever meet on the ice, he will “lay him the fuck out.” The Highlanders, with Doug suspended and Laflamme hospitalized, lose to the Shamrocks.

Doug reaches out to Laflamme, and promises him he will always have his back on the ice. In their next game, the Highlanders lead 1–0 thanks to renewed teamwork between Doug and Laflamme. In the dying seconds, Doug blocks a slapshot with his face and his ankle is injured in the ensuing scramble. The Highlanders win, but need a win against Rhea and the Shamrocks in their last game for a playoff spot.

After two periods, the Shamrocks are beating the Highlanders 2–0. Rhea and Doug drop the gloves in the third period, and dole out and receive physical punishment during the fight. Doug is knocked down first, but Rhea calls off the linesmen and allows him to get back up. Doug manages to break Rhea’s nose, but breaks his previously injured ankle in the process. Doug manages to stand back up and knocks out Rhea with a vicious cross. Eva and his teammates help a seriously injured Doug off the ice and Laflamme, inspired by Doug’s efforts and Rhea’s demise, scores a natural hat-trick to lead the Highlanders to a 3–2 victory and a play-off berth. While being comforted by Eva in the locker room, Doug victoriously comments, “I think I nailed him.”

REVIEW:

Hockey is not a sport that I typically keep up with or have any interest in. Sure, back in the 80s, I watched a few games with Wayne Gretzky, but that was more because of that Saturday morning cartoon, ProStars (kudos if you remember and/or watched it). I’m more of the football/basketball kind of guy. So, I bet you’re thinking, why am I watching Goon, a film that is all about hockey? Well, a sports comedy, no matter the sport, is sure to tickle my funny bone, supposedly.

What did I like?

Payoff. This is one of the few films that I know of which holds off the big moment when the two major forces, if you will, do not meet until the end and then nothing happens until the final act. In the time before that, we are privy to Sean William Scott’s character rise from lowly bouncer to beloved hockey enforcer who is the spark that gets his team, which hadn’t won a game before he got there, into the playoffs.

Fights. Like most people, the only reason I have any interest in hockey at all is the fights. If all hockey games could be like this, then I’d be the biggest hockey fan in the world, more than likely. The fights are what really keep this film moving along, although, they seem to get stale until the big one at the end.

Annoying…not so much. I’ve mentioned in previous reviews for just about anything Jay Baruchel is in that his voice is annoying, However, for some unknown reason, it works for his character. Or maybe, it was the fact that he was trying to act so street that it was overshadowed.

What didn’t I like?

Jagged little pill. Allison Pill. Does that name ring a bell? Well, if it doesn’t, think about the drummer chick in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. She may be a total cutie, but I just wasn’t buying her as the beer drinking, foul mouthed, hockey groupie slut character they made her. I tried, really I did, but it just wasn’t happening. Maybe it’s the face, or the fact she doesn’t look like a New Jersey hooker, who knows?

Doppelganger. I know that Scott was supposed to be being built up as the next version Schreiber’s character, but it looked like they even tried to make them look-alike, especially around the cheek region. I was half expecting him to shave his beard into that moustache or vice versa.

Seriously? Eugene Levy is Doug’s father, a successful Jewish doctor, but he is very unaccepting of his son, well sons when he learns that the other one is gay, a subplot that feels like an uncomfortable silence when it is touched on.

Goon is a surprisingly good independent comedy about a lovable, albeit slow-witted guy who is really good at beating people up. Outside of boxing, wrestling, MMA, etc., the best place to do this is on the hockey ice. With a story like that, how can you go wrong, right? This is a film that you should definitely check out sometime!

3 3/4 out of 5 stars

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

The story begins in Toronto where Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), the bass guitarist for the band “Sex Bob-omb,” begins dating high-schooler Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) despite the protests of his friends and bandmates. He later meets a mysterious American girl named Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and begins dating her, losing interest in Knives. Sex Bob-omb competes in a battle of the bands to win a record contract with the label G-Man when Scott is attacked by Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha), the first of Ramona’s Seven Evil Exes who seek to control Ramona’s love life. Scott defeats Matthew and learns from Ramona that, in order for them to continue dating, he must defeat each member of the League of Evil Exes.

After learning that popular actor and skateboarder Lucas Lee (Chris Evans), the second evil ex, is coming to Toronto to film a movie, Scott is forced to break up with Knives, who is devastated and tries everything she can to win him back. Scott successfully defeats Lee by tricking him into performing a dangerous skateboard stunt. He encounters the third evil ex, Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh), who serves as bass guitarist for Scott’s ex-girlfriend Envy Adams’ (Brie Larson) band, “The Clash at Demonhead.” Todd initially overpowers Scott using his psychic vegan abilities, which are stripped from him by the “Vegan Police” after Scott tricks him into drinking coffee with half and half, allowing Scott to win the fight.

Following the defeat of the fourth evil ex Roxy Ritcher (Mae Whitman), Scott’s relationship with Ramona begins to falter as he grows increasingly upset with her dating history. During the second round of the battle of the bands, Sex Bob-omb faces off against the fifth and six evil exes, twin Katayanagi brothers Kyle (Shota Saito) and Ken (Keita Saito), earning Scott an extra life upon their defeat. During the battle, Scott sees Ramona together with her seventh and final evil ex, Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman), who turns out to be Sex Bob-omb’s sponsor G-Man. Ramona breaks up with Scott as she is unable to leave Gideon’s side due to a chip in the back of her head, and Scott leaves Sex Bob-omb as they sign on to play at Gideon’s new club, the Chaos Theatre.

Scott goes to the club and professes his love for Ramona, gaining the “Power of Love” sword with which he uses to fight Gideon. Knives arrives to battle Ramona over Scott who, while trying to break up the girls’ fight, accidentally reveals that he is cheating on both of them with each other before he is killed by Gideon. Scott uses his extra life to restart his battle with Gideon, this time resolving his issues with his friends and owning up to his own faults, gaining the even stronger “Power of Self-Respect” sword and defeating Gideon alongside Knives. Free from Gideon’s control, Ramona encourages Scott and Knives to stay together while she prepares to leave to start over. Upon Knives’ insistence, however, Scott instead follows Ramona as he always wanted, and the two begin their relationship anew.

REVIEW:

First of all, let me say that when I heard about this film back in the fall, I had no idea what to expect. I saw Michael Cera was going to be in it and assumed it was going to another one of those indie drama/comedy things he’s always in. Then, earlier this summer, I saw the trailer for and was blown away by the level of awesomeness that this film looked to have and the countdown began!

If you’re like me, then you may probably have no idea who Scott Pilgrim is. No, he isn’t an original character (big shocker, right?), but rather a cult comic book.

From my understanding, this movies stays dead on with the source material, save for some stuff that just wouldn’t translate to the big screen. Why can’t they all do this?

Now, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is full of action. I’ll get to that in a second, but I have to say something about how slow-paced the first 30 minutes or so of this film are. I know, I know, it seems as though I’m always bitching about films that take forever to get going, but that’s because it is so true. What makes it worse, is that this film is obviously meant for people like me, who have a short attention span and want to get to the action. There was no need to drag on that drama at the beginning. Introduce the characters and move along. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is that studios don’t get that idea. If this was a drama, I’d let it slide, but this is a freakin’ action movie! Get to the action!!!!

Speaking of said action, I loved every minute of it. Sure, there are those that are going to question how this wimpy guy is able to pull off these moves, but do we really need to know everything about every character we see in film and television?  I think not. The mystery is what makes them great. Somewhere around the mid-90s or so, we seem to have forgotten that and our films have suffered.

Each of the fights are brilliantly choreographed and the effects that go on in the background a reminiscent of old school anime and the old Batman TV series. An eclectic mixture, to be sure, but it works better than you think.

The video game element of these fights is really quite hilarious, as with the defeat of each of the seven exes they turn to coins. Strangely enough, they just leave the coins there, except for the first one, where Scott and Ramona took a few for bus fare.

For those of you out there that are all overly concerned with violence, this is no more violent that the Mario Brothers’ games. Sure, in the final scene, he could have decapitated Gideon’s and we could have seen lots of gushing blood a la Mortal Kombat, but that wouldn’t have been in the spirit of Scott Pilgrim, now would it?

From what I’ve seen of Scott Pilgrim, no one would have been better to bring him to life than Michael Cera. A friend of mine like to say that he plays the same character in each of his films. This is not really an exception, but he does seem to be acting more. Maybe the director got more out of him, or he took some acting classes, who knows? One thing is for sure, he kicked some major ass!

Mary Elizabeth Winstead normally is drop dead gorgeous, but with this weird hairdo and negative attitude she has in this film, she didn’t do anything for me. However, that’s a testament to how good she was. Usually, she’s the nice damsel in distress type, so this is a departure for her, and she does it beautifully.

The Seven Evil Exes all have their quirks and whatnot, but here’s something that you ma not realize. Scott Pilgrim takes down Superman (Brandon Routh)…ex #3, and the Human Torch, soon to be Captain America (Chris Evans)…ex #2. Just an interesting tidbit.

I didn’t really care for Routh’s vegan powers, but it made for an interesting character. As for Evans, it would have been cool, if he would have the power to create his own stunt doubles with his mind…a sort of multiplicity power.

The best fight of all, though, was where Ramona actually defended Scott against, I think she was #5. That was a totally awesome fight, especially the choreography as Mary Elizabeth Winstead is basically controlling Michael Cera like some sort of puppet.

The final verdict on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is that it will more than likely be one of those cult hits when it is released on DVD. The theater I saw it in was rather empty…partially becus the a/c had broken earlier in the day, but that’s neither here nor there. This is a great film for those of us that tire of seeing a bunch of buff guys doing impossible stunts and shedding blood all over the place (that isn’t a shot at The Expendables, btw). Sometimes a change of pace is welcome, and with the quirky humor, video game graphics, and martial arts homage action, this is a film that should appeal to everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Go see it!

4 1/2 out of 5 stars