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Scott Pilgrim vs The World Review

by on Aug.15, 2010, under Articles, Films, Reviews

So my last “full” review was Avatar: The Last Airbender, which was not a good movie. Since then I’ve seen two very good films, Toy Story 3 and Inception. Neither movie, however, prompted me to write a review for them. I made commentary on certain aspects of the film, but not the films themselves.

And then we have Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
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by on Dec.23, 2009, under Articles, Films, Reviews

So its fairly simple. Go see this movie. I don’t care what negative press your friends my have gleaned from the marketing campaign. You should see this movie at least once. You should see it in 3d. And if you have the chance, you should see it on an IMax theater. That’s the short of it.

So by now you know what Avatar is about. I hold that the value of the plot of the movie is not in what it tells you but how it tells it to you. Yes some of the characters are archetypes. Yes the story has been done before. But has it really been done this well? Even Dances with Wolves, which was a movie that I very much liked, didn’t resonate with me as much as this movie did. I feel that the anti-marketing this movie has received is making people ignore how well presented this movie is.

And yes the visuals are stunning. But they are stunning in that way that only really supports the film. Yes there were some points where I was wondering about what I was seeing but I blame that on my studying computer generated graphics. The realism of this movie really was outstanding. So much so that I feel people undervalue the plot because the graphics are so awesome.

Wow. I could totally run this movie in Eclipse Phase. Seriously. The planet is a natural re-sleeving machine. I know people feel the movie is about nature vs technology (see rant below) but in reality, its all the same. The planet Pandora can do what humans have perfected through technology but ultimately it all becomes indistinguishable. The planet has just created more natural links between everything. If humanity goes a more biotechnological route, the Navi’s mental linking thing might be something humanity could write into their genome. I thought that was a really interesting idea, personally. My thoughts are disorganized right now so maybe I’ll write another post about Avatar and Transhumanism later.

Really though. People should just quit it about ‘this story has been done before’. Its been done just about as many times as any main stream movie. I believe it was South Park who likened the movie to Dances with Wolves and some trolls who hate anything that is highly marketed as being good jumped on a rather nice joke in order to try and smear the movie’s quality. While I’m glad people to say that I’ve seen people going to see it “despite it having been done before but because it is visually impressive” and have been coming out saying that it is a good movie but still making excuses for its “blandness”.

Please people. The movie isn’t bland. Its not a mystery film. You’re not supposed to not know the ending. It wasn’t an action film. While there was action, it wasn’t an action film. It was a science fiction film. At its very core science fiction talks about the future, society, and the possible good and bad of what we’ll create and discover.

Also the themes of the movie. Some people have expressed the dislike over the themes. Some people have stated that the movie is anti-might makes right. I’m not sure if we saw the same movie. In that movie might most certainly makes right. Just because it was the planet that decided to push most of the might doesn’t mean that it wasn’t might. As for the “men are evil aliens are good” theme. I think it was well established that both sides of the conflict wanted blood. You could argue that the Navi had more of a moral ground to stand on since it was their planet but their warriors were hardly “tree huggers”. They wanted to kill all the humans just as much as our warriors wanted to kill all the Navi. Scientists/Mystics on both sides were cautious and simply wanted to exist.

Anyway I just wanted to rant about that.

Sorry that this review didn’t have a lot of meat to it. I’m slightly distracted as I write it. Really the first paragraph is all you need to read to get my feel for the movie.

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