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Scott Pilgrim vs. Girls And Their Feelings

Yeah, I stole the subject for today's blog from a print a girl was selling at Otakon. But I'm not making money for this so it doesn't matter.
Anyhow, I wanted to talk about probably my favorite movie of this past year, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, based on the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O'Malley. Frankly, it irked me that this movie didn't make more money. It should have.
Let's start with the director, Edgar Wright. His previous movies (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) are absolute favorites of mine and have shown that Wright KNOWS funny. His name alone should have put more asses in the seats.
Then take the material itself. The Scott Pilgrim books were INCREDIBLE. I read the first five in something like two days. I hadn't enjoyed comics that much since the first time I read the Blue Monday series. Granted, I really have no way of relating to the types of characters in the books (on the surface anyway). Yes, we get it, you like a lot of bands I'm not cool enough to have heard of. Moving on… But the characters were SO good. From Scott (the type of well-meaning guy who doesn't know how he hurts the people around him) to Gideon (who, it turns out, collects his girlfriends) there was just so much here to love.
And the movie did wonders with that material. Like any fanboy I wish they could have put all the material in but they couldn't. I think Wright understood that for this movie to work you had to believe the leads. You had to like Scott even when he acts like a douche. You had to understand why Ramona was worth falling in love with in a fraction of a second from across a room. And it worked. Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead did that, all of it, for me. Additional brilliant bits of casting included Kierian Culkin as Scott's roommate and Chris Evans and Brandon Routh as two of Ramona's evil exes.
I love this movie so much that it may become the first Blu-Ray I buy when finally get an HD Tv and Blu-Ray player.
So BUY THE DANG DVD already! Well, when it comes out…