This was a blast. I was sucked in from the opening of the Universal logo done in old NES-style graphics with an 8-bit version of the studio melody. And if that last sentence confuses you a couple of different ways, then this probably isn’t the right movie for you.
In the same way that zombie movie lovers got many more of the jokes in Shaun of the Dead, same goes here. You’ll get this movie more if you play video games and are one of the 20-something man-children that the NYTimes and Time Magazine are so upset about. But what’s also bugging those guys probably has a bit to do with the fact that who the hell still buys Time Magazine or the New York Times? Definitely not the N. American Man-Child. Thing is, that sub-species also doesn’t pay $12 to go sit in a movie theater. The movie kind of flopped this weekend. But as of right now on Piratebay, 1100+ people are seeding the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack and 1200+ are seeding the comic book series the movie was based on. That means with a decent connection you could download both for free in about 4.5 minutes. And in a couple of days a crappy version of the movie will be uploaded and spreading everywhere to be watched on iphones and 13″ computer monitors, possibly with Russian subtitles.
And that’s too bad because this movie really looks good on a nice big movie screen, preferably at a single screen theater, like the Vista.
(From here, I couldn’t find my own photos of the Vista.)
As in the also very cute Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Micheal Cera is again a good-hearted dweeb in a band that falls in love with a hottie. If you’ve seen the trailer, you know the plot. He has to defeat the girl’s seven exes, led by Jason Schwarzman. I’m sure it’s easy to hate this movie for being too hip or not hip enough or too glib about love or something, but why bother? There are more important things to hate. I want him to get the girl who works at Amazon and live in a Canadian border city that still has a record store. And of course he does. (spoiler)
I also tried to watch Public Enemies. What a fat yawn that was. 40 minutes. Bored. Stopped watching. What the fuck, Depp? Make a decent movie already. Fear and Loathing was twelve years ago.