December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

January 16, 2013

Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010)

When it’s over, strangeness works.  The film beams with creativity.  In order to date Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), the girl of his dreams, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends. There is a stylish blend of kung fu, arcade games, and comic absurdities, which gives the film its likability.  It is hard not to appreciate the talent that goes into writing a love story that defy traditional storytelling. I like the comedy, the oddities, the effective editing format, and visual style, but I could not bring myself to love the film. The main reason, because Scott Pilgrim does not appeal to me, nor do I want to root for him. Cera is right on as a geek, but unconvincing as a man who has a slew of ex-girlfriends and who comes to admit his mistakes. I like the look of Ramona as a character, but find her lacking in personality.  The filmmakers could have made her edgier.  Perhaps, a girl with some sass and a sharp tongue, but who is also a softy in the game of love.

My rating: 3 out of 5


  1. Interesting concept mixing live-action with video-game like action. Lots of teenage angst in this movie, so I'm not completely sold on it. Fascinating to see local Toronto sites used as backdrops.

    1. I didn't even notice the Toronto sites. Hmm...

  2. I love this movie. I could watch it over and over again and never get tired of watching it. Cera is so hilarious. I loved him in Superbad and Juno. His dry comedy and quirkiness are entertaining. The video game concept really comes to a head at the end of the film with all the powering up etc. Brought back childhood memories of the classic Nintendo video games. The depiction of Vegans and their perceived eccentricities was absolutely laugh out loud and the best scene in the movie.

    1. For me, I think it's Cera. I just can't get into Cera.