Archive for September, 2013

the problems of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World the movie

The movie is not about magical guitar playing, though there is that.

I understand this movie did not do well when released, and there were many arguments explaining this fact, from casting to promotion to target audience, all of which may be true. The one reason that isn’t often mentioned or accepted is that the story just isn’t told well enough. By this I mostly mean that after watching the movie, it is difficult to give a confident answer to the question of “What is this movie about?” I believe this is the central reason why the movie suffered despite its stunningly imaginative and bold artistry. By the end of this post it should be clear that the problems lie structurally. Spoilers ahead.
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