Last night, I saw “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” for the third time. I know, I know… it’s almost ridiculous at this point, but I can’t stop. I feel like a 13-year-old “Twilight” fan. I love this movie, and in particular, I love the two ladies in the life of Scott Pilgrim.
It really doesn’t matter what your taste is in either boys or girls… someone in this movie is going to ring your bell. It is an adorable cast, top to bottom, and the fact that they’re all great in the fights, funny, cool, AND lovely… well, it’s just too much to bear.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been working for a while now, but she’s never really had that one breakthrough role that defined her for audiences. Ramona Flowers is by far the best part she’s had, but the very nature of who Ramona is might keep this from being the breakthrough for her. Ramona is unknowable, careful to guard herself, and even at the end of the film, she remains the biggest enigma of the movie.
Ellen Wong is about to steal the hearts of boys of all ages, and for good reason. She took the occasionally psycho Knives Chau of the book and gave her so much heart and soul that she became just as worthy of Scott’s love and attention as Ramona, something that wasn’t necessarily the case in the books. I’ve seen some discussion of Knives as a stereotype, and a bit of humorless harumphing from people who feel that she offers a negative image of Asian girls. That’s just silly, though. Knives is a sweet, innocent teen girl taking her first steps into defining her own identity, and Ellen nails the character, making her efforts understandable and even endearing. “I didn’t even KNOW there was good music until, like, two months ago!” Oh, Knives.
Sitting down to discuss the movie with the two of them was a pure pleasure, and easily the most intimidating room of the day. I think I managed to finish the interview without any spontaneous marriage proposals, though, so I can consider that a victory on my end.
We’ve still got plenty more interviews ahead this week, and “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” opens in theaters everywhere this Friday.
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