2 for 1: Expendables and Scott Pilgrim

So, Yeah, I’m late, with my opinions but sometimes life happens. Anyway, I saw both the The Expendables, and Scott Pilgrim Vs the World, this week, and I thought one was good and the other great.

In a summer that has a slew 0f chick flicks with shirtless, buff werewolves, brooding pale vampires, bff’s traveling to far off lands and single women traveling to far off lands to eat, pray and love, it’s nice to see a man’s movie, made by men, for men. And since that’s the case, it’s pretty safe to say that The Expendables is light on emotion, serious plot, character development or any true thought provoking moments that will haunt well after you leave the theater. But what it does have is a whole hell of a lot of ass kicking, explosions, action scenes and very loud guns, and you know what? That’s good. Anyone going into this thinking they’re going to get something that what’s been advertised should seriously¬† rethink why they even go to action movies in the first place.

There doesn’t need to be an in depth analysis of the who’s, what’s when’s, where’s and why’s. Just know that some of the greatest action hero’s in cinema history are assembled on screen to kick major ass (which they do, and very well) and stuff gets blowed up real good, as it should be for a film like this. Stallone and his assemblage of hero’s each bring something unique, funny and good to the film, and while it’s more a buddy movie between Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, each character has his moment to shine, even the small cameos by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis come out decent. The gist of it is this: you want to sit back and watch some of the best action hero’s around do what they do best for a couple hours? Then do your duty as a man (or a really tough woman) and see this movie.

Now for something completely different: Scott Pilgrim Vs the World has its fair share of action but totally different from The Expendables. Pilgrim endears itself to the geeks of the world (like me) from the opening seconds of the movie, with a 16-bit videogame version of the Universal opening music and just gets better and better. From the first minutes of this movie, I fell for this film and it’s, let’s say, hyper reality from the world that we live in. Michael Cera, (Scott Pilgrim) is pretty much a one note actor, but he plays that note better than anyone else right now. As a slightly awkward doofus, Scott finds himself fighting against the “League of Evil Ex’s” to win the heart of the girl of his dreams, (literally) Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

What follows is an incredibly stylized, funny and even touching adventure that ranks as one of the best films of the summer for me thus far. It’s essentially a living comic book, which makes sense since the source material the film is based on is a graphic novel. The look, the sound, the characters and overall feel of this movie is awesome and perfect for the world that Scott Pilgrim inhabits. I’ve never read the comic book, but I can easily see the influences from the book and care the director took to make the transfer from print to film with the movie, and I think he did better than most that brought more prominent names in comics to the screen that had bigger budgets. My only draw back is that the film maybe a bit too long. Shave fifteen to twenty minutes off this, and the film is a classic, but even with the length this movie is great, or, to use the tag line on the movie poster: “An epic of epic epicness.”
Yeah, that’s about right.

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