It’s funny that when a film comes round that really disappoints me, or just is completely awful, you can’t get me away from the keyboard. I will pour it all out. However, right now, I’m finding it pretty hard how to put into words how amazing Scott Pilgrim was. But that might be because, I haven’t seen a film so near perfection for a long time it’s hard to know where to start.
IT’S FUCKING AWESOME!!
If any of you reading this have me on Facebook you will know that for the past year and a half I have become majorly addicted to the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley and have geeked out about all updates on the film adaptation by Edgar Wright. I started to read the books due to his involvement with the project, as a massive fan of Spaced I get very excited about anything he does. His love of comics and games made him the perfect person to take this on what with all the Nintendo, Street Fighter references throughout the book, it is a lot like the film references Wright would work into Spaced.
The graphic novels were amazing. The story of a guy having to defeat a girl’s seven evil exes is so completely out there in random terms that it allows anything to be possible. What I loved the most from the books was all the relationships between the friends (and enemies I suppose). So that with each volume you were revisiting old friends. Yes, yes I’m aware that may have been a good indication that I should get my OWN friends but these will do.
Adapting a book to film is always going to upset a few people, the filmmaker owes nothing to the original material and can pretty much do what they want. Which is why 9 times out of 10 the book will always be better than the film, if you read it first you will always be looking at that as a point of reference. I think Scott Pilgrim is quite possibly the best adaptation of a book…EVER. Coming out of the cinema I was aware of the little bits and bobs that were left out, it’s a two hour film…they had to leave some stuff out. And it’s slightly different at the end, but it did not matter at all. Everything they kept in was necessary and all bits that were left out you kind of understand why.
If you’ve never heard of the books or the film, then in a nutshell: In order to date Ramona Flowers (the girl of his dreams), Scott Pilgrim must defeat her 7 evil exes.
I would really love to know what someone thought of this film not knowing anything about the books, because I was blown away by the craziness and I was pretty much expecting it. To not know, this film will floor you.
Who ever was in charge of casting did a phenomenal job. For me it was Evil Ex number 1, Matthew Patel, that was most astounding. I’m pretty sure Satya Bhabha was created from the actual pages of the graphic novel because this is SPOT on:
I can’t imagine anyone other that Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers, her side long looks at Scott are perfectly reminiscent of the character drawn in the graphic novel.
Wallace Wells, Scott’s gay room mate, is actually my favourite character in the whole book and Keiran Culkin’s performance was perfectly dry and possibly my favourite performance in the film along with Brandon Routh as Ramona’s third Evil Ex, Todd Ingram “The Vegan”.
Anyone not going because they think this is just another “Michael Cera Film” couldn’t be more wrong. I was worried they would change the character of Scott Pilgrim to maybe suit Cera’s typical awkward, geek role but they didn’t. Scott is more of a gormless, idiot, unaware of his actions but still pretty loveable.
The fight scenes in this film are unlike any thing I have ever scene, it’s like a video
game just started playing right in the middle of the scene. Now I’m sure there were PLENTY of in jokes about games I’ve never herd of and I only got the obvious ones (like Nintendo and Street Fighter as previously mentioned) but it didn’t bother me, the style in which the film is made is so perfectly put together it does not matter if you’re not into gaming, or not into comics. Wright has pretty much created a whole new genre here and it’s pretty bloody exciting.
As well as gaming, Wright’s love of music is rife in the film and the soundtrack is phenomenal. There are plenty of bands in the film and I actually found myself a bit gutted a fight scene had started mid set of Scott Pilgrim’s band “Sex Bob-omb”, luckily the fight scene was bad-ass so I soon forgot about that. Music for Sex Bob-omb was written by Beck, Broken Social Scene contributed music for rivals Crash and the Boys and Metric contributed to The Clash At Demonhead.
I honestly could write about this forever so I should probably wrap it up… Scott Pilgrim is what I’ve been waiting for after many disappointing films this year. Go and watch it….NOW.
Just a quick post tonight, I’m watching something very smart, intellectual, stimulating on TV…definitley NOT Big Brother….certainly not…
Anyway, I’m oober excited about the release of The Last Exorcism which is hitting the UK cinema screens on September 3rd. First off check out the frigging amazing poster:
That is creepy as hell, and then there’s the trailer:
Yeash, looks good to me. I am a massive Eli Roth fan so having him produce this gives me high hopes. There will be obvious comparions to The Exorcist but when TMZ questioned Eli Roth on how it would be scarier than The Exorcist he simply said, “You CAN’T make it scarier than The Exorcist!!” The dudes right. But I’m pretty sure it’ll pay homage to the classic horror film, whilst putting a new spin on it. Hopefully.
With a good director, good cast, good script this could be the horror film I’ve been waiting for all year. And hand held camera horrors ALWAYS freak me out.
I previously wrote about my worries about the casting of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s adaptation of Stiegg Larsson’s novel. Well tonight it was announced that Rooney Mara will be taking on the role. I pretty much instantly had to IMDB the name because it did not ring any bells. Which is a good thing really, I certainly did not want to see Knightly or Watson up for the role, so maybe a slightly unfamiliar face will do the job.
Turns out she was the chick in Youth in Revolt (not a bad little film) and A Nightmare On Elm Street. Now, I just looked back on a previous entry where I reviewed (in a very angry, rushed kind of way that only one scorned by a beloved horror remake can) and I specifically name and shame Rooney for her annoyingly BLAH performance. Oh dear!
Anyway, all of this is redundant. I guess I’ll have to wait until the films release before I’ll make any real judgements. I remember a time when I actually thought, “Heath Ledger as THE JOKER?? No way!” Oh how wrong one person can be!
Just watched Micmacs last night, another film that passed me by at the cinema due to living in the middle of nowhere. Anyway I loved it and think this should be your rental choice of the week.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s latest film is an imaginative story of revenge. It’s recognisable as a Jeunet film from the start, incredibly quirky and stunning to look at. What I loved about this film was the nod to the silent era of films, the lead character Bazil has many qualities reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin or Marcel Marceau. He doesn’t have to say much it’s all in his facial expressions and actions.
It’s a superb little film, and wonderful to watch.
Starring in three* major films at the cinema this year, I thought I’d reflect on my favourite Jay Baruchel roles. He’s so the next big thing (it’s been a long time coming). I believe he to be “da bomb”.
1. Steven Karp- Undeclared
One of Judd Apatow’s amazing but short lived TV shows. It follows freshman Steven Karp embark on his first year of college, away from parents and friends. Geeky and awkward- he’s a loveable character.
Steven: The point is I’m tall, and handsome. And I’ve gained weight. And I’ve like finally got a fashion sense. Man, it’s like the beginning of a whole new era. Jack: A new era? You’re the same guy. You think you’re cool ‘cause you grew like a freak and got a haircut? Steven: I’m the same guy? Well, okay, that’s interesting. I guess old Steve would have done this. *Grabs X-Men comic book and slowly tears it down the middle* Jack: Dude! What the hell are you doing? I would have taken that! Steven: Oh god, what’d I do?
2. Windows- Fanboys
Fanboys is a fantastic film about four geeky dudes quest to break into George Lucas’ Skywalker ranch to watch Phantom Menace months before it’s release date. Baruchel plays ultimate comic book nerd Windows who’s chat room exploits get him beat up by ultimate internet geek (and my personal twitter bff) Harry Knowles.
3. Danger Barch- Million Dollar Baby
Probably the biggest film Baruchel has been involved in, and this Clint Eastwood film is by far the MOST depressing film too. It is however, another superb performance. He plays a mentally challenged (how very PC of me eh?) aspiring boxer. His motivation and resilience in the film, along with his relationship with father figure- Morgan Freeman, made his small role stand out among the Hollywood A-listers and pushed Baruchel’s career into the limelight.
4. Andy Hayes- Real Time
Real Time is a pretty random Canadian film that’s gone under the radar but I really enjoyed it. It follows a compulsive gambler Andy Hayes who is given one final hour to live by his hit man. It’s a different role for Baruchel, away from the usual awkward geek role (which is a damn good role to play) but it shows his range. It’s a funny, sad, thoughtful film.
I swear to God if I had one more chance….
5. Kevin Sandusky- Tropic Thunder
Playing alongside three major comedic actors is pretty damn intimidating but Baruchel’s character Kevin Sandusky allows for plenty of input. He’s the brains behind the team, geeky role again but doing his best comedic performance to date.
Kevin Sandusky: Tugg. Tugger. You’re the last piece of the puzzle buddy. We need you! Your men need you. Are you with us? Tugg Speedman: [pause] I’m a rooster illusion. Kevin Sandusky: Fuck it. We’ll deal with him later.
* Three films you’ve seen/heard him in this year: She’s Out Of My League, How To Train your Dragon and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
The other week I watched the film Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I’d missed it’s rounds at the cinema so it was pretty overdue really.
I absolutely loved the film, it was pretty much a perfect adaptation of the Stieg Larsson book which my friend MADE me read. I was honestly not bothered about reading the series, when books (especially books, not so much music and film) get hyped up it makes me not want to read them. I’m pretty snobby when it comes to books and have a bizzare taste in what I like, I will not have Richard and Judy what I should read on my summer holidays!! (I guess they don’t do that any more? Whatever I still refuse) I also hate book covers that have the movie poster on the front, like that will make me read it. Anywayyyyyy……..
The film was so gritty and true to the story that it got me wondering about the American version coming in 2011. For any who doesn’t know, the original film is in Swedish so it was pretty obvious from the success of the books and the film it would get a re-do.
I’m pretty split on how the film will come across with its revamp. On the one hand it’s going to be directed by David Fincher and I think this story will be perfectly translated by him (I’m thinking along the lines of Seven and Zodiac, you can totally see working well). However certain scenes may not make it in an attempt to gain mass appeal. I can see it becoming more of a glossy, crime thriller than the dark, twisted mystery it really is. Don’t get me wrong, I’m open to the film, it owes no dues to the book or the Swedish film but I at least want certain rumours to be dismissed. Mainly- Who the hell is going to play Lisbeth Salander!!
She makes the book what it is. Getting this piece of casting right will make up my mind on whether this film will be worth it. So rumours of Keira Knightley (ack!) and Emma Watson (ick!) really make me want to cry. The actress has to have edge, and versatility. Other rumours of Carey Mulligan scare me less as I think she can pull it off, either that or Fincher should go for an unknown. Noomi Rapace who played Salander in the Swedish film has set the standard pretty high.
Daniel Craig has been cast as Blomkivist which is pretty interesting. He’s got the look, like he’s kind of attractive I GUESS, I don’t know…but he has to have a way with women so casting James Bond is good going.
I’ve also read that the film will be set in Stockholm which really annoys me actually. I don’t see the point in making this an American film is you’re just going to base it in the city it was originally set…to me it would make more sense to completely change it, pick another city and make its own there.
Anyway, I think some more casting details will be released this week so here’s hoping its not KEIRA FUCKING KNIGHTLEY!
Her lack of enthusiasm and total revulsion toward the rest of her peers pretty much mirrors that of my own high school experience.
"Melorra: Oh my god, you guys. We actually made it!
Enid: Yeah. We graduated high school. How… totally… amazing.”
3. Tracy Flick- Election (Reese Witherspoon)
Highly focused, power mad, driven to succeed and slightly evil really- Tracy Flick’s character has drawn comparisons to many American politicians over the years. She’s a fun little devious cow to watch on screen whether you genuinely like her or not.
“None of this would have happened if Mr. McAllister hadn’t meddled the way he did. He should have just accepted things as they are instead of trying to interfere with destiny. You see, you can’t interfere with destiny. That’s why it’s destiny. And if you try to interfere, the same thing’s going to happen anyway, and you’ll just suffer.”
4. Lucas- Lucas (Corey Haim)
Because everybody loves the underdog.
5. Allison Reynolds- The Breakfast Club (Ally Sheedy)
The Basket Case: “ I don’t have to runaway and live in the street. I can runaway and I can go to the ocean, I can go to the country, I can go to the mountains. I could go to Israel, Africa, Afghanistan.”
I’d love to try her sherbet, cereal sandwich…thing.
6. Troy Bolton- High School Musical (Zac Effron)
Right just calm the hell down guys. I freaking love High School Musical. I haven’t seen the other two but this is just a superb little Disney film and Zac Effron is pretty damn good in it. I honestly see him being a big Hollywood player in the future what with his recent choices in film roles, proving he ain’t just a teeny bopper heart throb.
Anyway, Troy has the right mixture of humour and honesty to make him an all round good egg in this film. Maybe if it wasn’t for his slight tongue in cheek moments the film wouldn’t be the same.
7. Veronica Sawyer- Heathers (Winona Ryder)
Although part of the inner clique that rules the school through fear and intimidation, Veronica despises their attitude and power over all the other social groups. When J.D joins the school she gets wrapped up in his ideas of popularity but soon gets in over her head…when he starts murdering them all.
8. Spicoli- Fast Times At Ridgemont High (Sean Penn)
The ultimate stoner dude. He’s eating pizza! IN CLASS!!
9. Carrie- Carrie (Sissy Spacek)
She gets treated like shit, so pretty much kills everyone. Every high school kids dream. Right?….?
10. Mark Hunter (Hard Harry)- Pump Up The Volume (Christian Slater)
Mark Hunter represents every ignored, nameless face that walks the halls of any high school. While he is shy and quiet at school, he gets to vent his pent up teenage aggression as his alter ego Hard Harry on his pirate radio station.
"High school is the bottom. Being a teenager sucks, but that’s the whole point, surviving it is the whole point!"