Monday, March 28, 2011

Scott Pilgrim vs. This Blog

      So I finally saw Scott Pilgrim vs the World... and I'm sad to say that I enjoyed every minute of it.
      When it first came to theatres, it was a financial flop. It didn't help that the ads they kept playing over and over showed the timid, 98 lb Michael Cera nerding it up with punches, kicks, and deadly magic guitar riffs used to defeat some emo-looking girl's "seven deadly exes." One of whom was Chris Evans, by the way. I mean, are we seriously supposed to believe that Michael Cera, who possibly has to wear weighted shoes so he doesn't blow away in the wind, kicks Chris Evans' ass?

Michael Cera, looking back at Chris Evans in shock, because he can't believe they're both wearing the same size shirt. Shortly after this picture was taken, Chris Evans raised his arms above his head and snapped his size XS shirt in half.
          Since then, I've heard nothing but good things about this movie, and I've also heard that it was based on a pretty cool comic book graphic novel whatever you want to call it to justify being a grown man reading comics. So I watched it. And I'm glad I did.
          First, the movie was surprisingly good, if you accept that it's basically a live action comic graphic novel.
          Second, if you haven't seen the comic graphic novel, it looks like it was drawn by a 10 year old.


         Speaking of which, if any movie executives are reading this, I'm pretty good at MSPaint, I tell lots of funny stories, and I can make a full length and full color MSPaint comic (sorry, graphic novel) as soon as you need it because I'm unemployed always available. Just sayin.

         Anyway, I liked the movie. I thought it was a lot of fun, and I thought it had a great message. Maybe I'm just reading more into this than I should be reading into a comic book/action movie/anything starring Michael Cera, but I thought the story used some great symbolism for overcoming your past when going into a serious relationship.
         Let's face it, unless you move to Antarctica (and haven't hooked up with any of the penguins [she was asking for it]) you're going to either see, run in to, hear from, or hear about an ex. Now, we all hear this PC bullshit that the past doesn't matter and all that matters is the future... but is that true? Is it the same if the person you're going to possibly marry was single for 2 years before meeting you and 'waited' for you, or if they dumped their 3-year fiance the day after meeting you? Is it the same if your current love's ex-love was a fat, ugly, out of work slob, or if they were an Abercrombie and Fitch model with a million dollar smile and a wallet to match? Is it the same, guys, if your lady had a few one night stands, or if she's had more wieners in her than this guy?

This man loves wieners inside of him way too much
        It might be. It might not. That's not for me to say. However, I know that once we got engaged, the missus and I talked about our past encounters.


           After that fun 10 second talk, we discussed our past relationships. It was a little weird, but it was good to get things out there and bury the past.
           Evil exes included.
           Because while it's fun, ridiculous, and a good laugh, I think Scott Pilgrim vs the World has a valid point, that the past often does matter, that any exes and any emotional baggage belong in the past, and that if it's a problem, it's better to fight it head on with the one you love than keep trying to run from it and avoid it. And sometimes, if an evil ex keeps popping up, it's best to just bury them in the past too. Metaphorically, of course. Unless they're persistent and manipulative, in which case you might end up buying the biggest shovel you can find and taking literal meaning to burying your past.
           So did anyone else see this movie or read the comic graphic novel? Did anyone else get that message out of it? And what do you think about overcoming your past/overcoming your exes in a relationship?
            While you think about it, I'm going to go shred on my guitar.





Or maybe I won't.

Stay classy, friends,
Bryan

          
        

44 comments:

  1. Man that's awesome you were in a lego magazine :D! I still haven't seen this movie, but a lot of people talk about it how hilarious it is. I'm going to check it out this week and see why :D

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  2. ive seen it - way better than i expected. seems like cera plays a similar role in every movie

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  3. I saw that movie this weekend too and was unable to look away myself. Yes, I did enjoy it, once I kinda figured out that it wasn't a teen drama.

    As for the larger message the movie was trying to make. I just thought it was that it's okay to be shallow, as long as you fess up to it when forced.

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  4. I absolutely LOVE this movie. I don't see how it did as bad as it did in theaters.

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  5. You all may wanna kick my black ass after I say this...The ONLY thing I liked about the movie WERE THE FIGHT SCENES! Everything else was a snooze fest. I just fast fowarded to the fights...which were kick ass!

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  6. i hated it.

    not that i paid any attention to it, i was too busy fighting with one of my wife's ex's...

    wait...were not talking about where the wild things are?

    oh that scott pilgrim...

    damn i hate when i am too drunk to concetrate on what i am commenting...

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  7. i liked this movie. i also like these ms paint comics... how long does it take u to make one?

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  8. I really enjoyed the movie, and this post. I got a similar message out of it ... I believe that a partner's past is important to know because it lets you know more about a person, but at the same time the past needs to stay in the past.

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  9. I love Scott Pilgrim, not the movie so much. I liked the books much more.

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  10. just watched that movie, also. it was an interesting conversation starter about past relations/love interests.

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  11. I had been avoiding it but may check it out on your say so, I had no evil exes in my life, like vultures I mate for life not marry mind you just mate.

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  12. I married my hubby 6 weeks after our first day. I was 22 and he was 43. I also had a 1 year old child. On one date he asked me how many men I had slept with. I am an honest person so I got a pen and paper and the list was 35 +/-. I figured he'd say see ya. But no, he realized he was marrying somebody who liked a lot of those weiners! haha.

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  13. lol, very funny, I didn't liked the movie, tho.

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  14. Sounds like a must-see. Opinion on the important graphic novelly, comic-book-type philosophical question:

    People should deal with their pasts before they get involved with anyone else. It's not fair to bring along one's baggage.

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  15. rofl at the guy who loves wieners too much!

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  16. I did not see it because I thought it looked kind of dumb. If you say it was good maybe it's worth seeing.

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  17. I've never actually heard of that movie, but the actor looks buff, so...I'll probably catch it.

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  18. Chris Murphy from Sloan was a musical advisor, pretty much trying to teach Cera to rock out and not look like a weenie.

    I haven't seen the movie yet, so I don't yet know if he was successful or not.

    Maybe this weekend.

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  19. i'll watch anything that has george michael from "arrested development" in it.

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  20. Pretty good at MS Paint? You are a freakin' wizard.

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  21. I really, really need to see Scott Pilgrim - I keep getting glowing reviews of it. Also, have you seen Youth in Revolt? It's one of the few films Cera actually tries to act - he isn't just an irritatingly shy adolescent.

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  23. If you ignore the repetitive nature of michael cera's work, scott pilgrim isn't a bad movie. You make a good point about the moral of the story, too. The past can matter and it takes character to face it.

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  24. I thought it rocked - just goes to show what's popular ain't always good...and vice versa

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  25. I watched Scott Pilgrim last week and it is indeed a great movie.

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  26. haha i love the pics :p ..havent watched the movie but i probably will

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  27. I really enjoyed this movie as well. You have my support!

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  28. I was very hesitant about watching it. I'm one of those people that will avoid a movie if people I don't like are talking about how much they like it. I actually do that when my best friend tells me he likes movies. I'm angry like that.

    I finally saw it when I had absolutely nothing else to watch and wanted something new. I actually enjoyed it. It was a nice, fun, easy watch. But that's about it. I did imagine myself battling MY exes, which was a fun thing to think about. I imagined all their weaknesses and how I'd defeat them in epic battles. For one of them all I'd have to do is run a few feet. The other, have a logical and even-tempered conversation. I could go on and on.....

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  29. Excellent post man! Was a really interesting read! thanks for sharing!

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  30. i actually didnt like scott pilgrim. kick-ass was far better imo

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  31. My boyfriend's roommate rented it and that is the only reason I watched it. I have to say that I do not regret it, though. I found the movie to be quite enjoyable. I think I was side-tracked by all the Zelda noises to think any further into it, however.

    Although those are some good points now that you mention them.

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  32. I thought it was pretty cool. And yea, I'd be lying if I said past relationships hadn't bothered me a few times. I of course apply the old double standard which doesn't work and then a fight comes and we either work it out or don't. Immature, but my process.

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  33. What? You don't wear an x-small tee?

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  34. Watched the movie at a dollar theatre in North Carolina with my now ex. I loved the movie but honestly didn't pay attention to any symbolism. You're probably right though.

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  35. I love that movie! My husband and I bought it as soon as it came out on DVD. I have since started calling all my girlfriends Lady Dudes. My husband and I had a fun time talking about what it would be like to fight each others exes.
    Jess

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  36. Totally loved that movie. Now that you mention it that does seem like a totally plausible idea for a theme.

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  38. I watched about 10 minutes of it and I'm desperate to buy the DVD to watch all of it, alas - I have no money :'(

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