Monday, August 9, 2010

Michael Cera: Action Star

Michael Cera. Video games. Cartoons. Edgar Wright. If those four things have any interest for you, you'll love Scott Pilgrim Vs the World. Based on a comic I have never read, this movie went into production before the last two comics were released. Supposedly, the movie follows the first few issues in the series and then veers off in it's own direction.

Like the campy version of the Batman TV series, words pop up on screen as if having a life of their own. People do outrageous cartoony things. It starts slow with a few clever things here or there. But once we run into the first member of "the league" things really start hopping.

Does Michael Cera stretch his acting chops? Yes. But not in the way that you think. He still plays the mumbling quiet kid. But he also can fight. Since this is a cartoon I was able to believe that he could fight just as easily as I could believe he could jump out a five foot high window. If you're not sick of Michael Cera, you won't be pushed over the edge by this movie. He's the perfect fit for the role.

There are a lot of laughs here. Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) keeps a good pace while packing the movie with a lot of humor and action. These are things he can do in his sleep. Its funny that even with the action set pieces this movie feels small. Well, small is a bad word. It feels intimate.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you buy it?
Would you rent it?
Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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