by John LopezLet me get straight to the point: Go and pay to see Scott Pilgrim right now.
Why, you ask? Well, check out last weekend’s box-office totals. See Scott Pilgrim? Keep looking—it’s down there at No. 10. It made only $5 million dollars in its second weekend of release, a 53 percent drop from the first weekend, with a total domestic gross of $20 million. That’s not good. (Trust me when I say “not good”: Universal not only spent a lot making this, it spent a lot marketing it. They had to market the hell out of it because it was something you probably hadn’t heard about before—you know, the way movies used to be.)
The film’s dismal performance is pretty disheartening for anyone who’s a fan of the new, as opposed to the stale, trite, and cliche, because whatever Scott Pilgrim is, it is definitely not stale, trite, or cliche. It doesn’t redo old ideas, revisit threadbare conceits, or remake twice-told stories in a tired way. In fact, it’s good. Or, if you’re searching for movie-critic adjectives, you could call it “different,” “fresh,” and “innovative,” if not “cool,” “fun,” “heart-warming,” “intelligent,” and/or “awesome.” (Have fun with those, blurb-makers!) Listen, if A.O. “Nashville’s-the-Greatest-Movie-Eve
r” Scott can recommend a film aimed at video-game-junkie twentysomethings, whose themes and characters are as important to him as a Surgeon General’s Warnings is to Don Draper, there’s probably something there.
And if you haven’t noticed, it’s been an atrocious year for movies. That’s not just our opinion: it’s so bad even studio executives are ringing up agents with frantic “Oh my God, what have we done” conference calls to ask, “Oh my God, what have we done?”( Collapse )
'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Matrix'
One of these films is shot by Bill Pope.
The other is shot by Bill Pope.
Both star Torontonians.
But which is which?
True story. Bill Pope also shot the 'Freaks & Geeks' pilot. I once suggested to him that 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World' would be equidistant between 'Freak & Geeks' and 'The Matrix.'
Sources: Vanity Fair
, Edgar Wright's official blog
.Normally I really dislike 'Vanity Fair'.. but I really liked this article. John Lopez is so right.
Also, watch the video.. the editing is tight. Epic.