Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2009)

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Re: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2009)

#126 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:40 pm

This is still the movie I've seen the most in theatres. My friends and I saw it at least once a week every week it was in theatres, and we chased it to theatres in the county when it stopped playing in the city. Probably saw it eight or nine times in the theatres alone. Still watch it every year or two. Revisited it yet again earlier this year as well, still rules

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Re: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2009)

#127 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:51 pm

I'm curious on if you think it would fit as a musical, or resembles those qualities of expression. Definitely a bit of a stretch, but something I just considered this last time after many watches of never thinking of it

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Re: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2009)

#128 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:51 pm

It's a musical with fight scenes instead of songs (and then there are also songs)

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#129 Post by knives » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:52 pm

Great songs too. I still hum that Metric song regularly.

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#130 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:53 pm

Every time I watch the movie, the only major criticism I have is that the Brie Larson perf of the Metric song should be longer

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#131 Post by knives » Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:54 pm

Yes. Though I think the only way the film could satisfy me is if it was twice as long. I just love sitting in this realm.

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Re: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2009)

#132 Post by therewillbeblus » Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:12 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:51 pm
It's a musical with fight scenes instead of songs (and then there are also songs)
Precisely

I've been listening to the soundtrack all day at work, even "I'm So Sad, So Very Very Sad" has clever merit

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Re: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2009)

#133 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:39 pm

Biggest unanswered question re: the soundtrack: why is “No Fun” (the song the Scott-less Sex Bob-omb briefly plays at Gideon’s in the finale) left off?

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Re: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2009)

#134 Post by Monterey Jack » Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:52 pm

therewillbeblus wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:51 am
Scott may be dubbed an "asshole" for his treatment of Knives, but breaking up is hard, and as someone who has broken up with people in similar circumstances of awful timing ("let's meet my parents," "it's my birthday") yet when it felt gut-piercingly necessary, there's no escape from causing harm sometimes (though even still, one must acknowledge the self-driven place that action precipitates from along with the empathetic one- "I can't string someone along any longer" may be earnest but there's also a part that is saying "I don't want to be in this any longer" or in Scott's case, time to move on to the next person). The method by which Wright and co. navigate these real raw emotions peppered in with humor, takes both a non-judgmental and a revealing look at how all people are not only capable of, but naturally experience, selfish behavior and fear-based actions by the essence of social engagement which forces another's feelings to come into contact with our own.
So many people bag on the protagonist of Scott Pilgrim for being solipsistic and thoughtless...but it's not like the movie glorifies his behavior or lets him off the hook. The visualization of his breakup with Knives -- the world literally falling away behind them into an impenetrable, inky void when he says they should see other people -- is striking, and Ellen Wong's meek, quiet heartbreak lingers over the remainder of the film, no matter how much Scott likes hanging with his new-new girlfriend. And he comes to a hard realization by the end about his underhanded treatment of both Knives and Ramona, and learns a valuable lesson about empathy and truthfulness.

This is one of my favorite comedies of the 10's, one that's endlessly rewatchable and that grows deeper underneath Edgar Wright's sumptuous eye candy with each viewing. I can't imagine how good it would look on UHD, and Wright has teased about that recently on Twitter, so that'd be a wonderful way to appreciate the film's 10th anniversary (has it been that long...?! :shock: ).

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Re: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2009)

#135 Post by Monterey Jack » Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:54 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:53 pm
Every time I watch the movie, the only major criticism I have is that the Brie Larson perf of the Metric song should be longer
The whole song plays in the film's deleted scenes menu.

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Re: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2009)

#136 Post by therewillbeblus » Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:01 am

For those who haven’t upgraded to UHD, the current blu is like $8 and has all the stacked special features of the original Level Up collector’s edition including four commentaries, deleted scenes, etc. The audio is particularly impressive- I may or may not have gotten yelled at and learned my own valuable lesson of empathy from my viewing late last night..

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Re: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2009)

#137 Post by nitin » Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:00 am

And conversely to the comments in the TDK thread, this is a movie that has never worked for me at all (I think have seen it 3 times since its release). One of those headscratchers we all have but I just cannot warm to this one despite at least seeing what everyone is talking about, but just feeling nothing from it.

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#138 Post by therewillbeblus » Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:14 am

Re-release of the OST in the works, reportedly with 24 minutes of previously unreleased material and Godrich’s original score included, as well as the Brie Larson version of Black Sheep.

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Re: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2009)

#139 Post by lacritfan » Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:22 pm


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Re: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2009)

#140 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:52 pm

therewillbeblus wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:49 pm
Monterey Jack wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:44 pm
therewillbeblus wrote:
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:29 pm

That is Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who by being referred to as "the girl" reminds me of the injustice of her career trajectory. She should have become a star everyone knows by name.
I've been smitten with Winstead since the '07 twofer of Life Free Or Die Hard and Death Proof. A gorgeous, charming and talented actress who would have become a major star had she been around a decade earlier (before franchises took over Hollywood). She sparkles in Scott Pilgrim.
One reason Scott Pilgrim gets better over time for me is to view Winstead from a future context. I was attracted to her personality when I saw it in theatres, but having 'watched her grow' over the years since, and returning to that younger person as a seed of potential that would come to actualize in a variety of different fully-formed personalities, is like a nostalgia trip to a memory from the beginning of a relationship; where you detected an enigmatic attractive quality in another that you felt could change your life for the better. That idea functions perfectly for the film, as drunk romantic blindness and personal significance that may be artificially de-purified through biased memory but remains a sober subjective reality that you can't shake.
domino harvey wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:53 pm
I think the movie still reflects the original ending and Knives Chau comes off better.
I feel the end of Scott Pilgrim manages to validate this inexplicable seductive pull towards the one you're attracted to, negating the external sagacity we're used to getting in rom-coms. I agree with Knives Chau coming off better objectively, but there's something to be said for the choice to go with your gut, which doesn't necessarily subscribe to meditative virtues and is a different kind of sobriety altogether, paying attention to what internally feels right even if it can't be argued in a logic proof. Every time I revisit the film I'm genuinely shocked by the decision, and how confidently it affirms the feelings beneath our shells of imperfections.

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