Here on HitFix, as in the new film “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,” it all comes down to this: Michael Cera vs. Jason Schwartzman.
Actually, they seem like they really enjoyed each other as collaborators, so this interview is pretty much the opposite of antagonism. But it’s fitting that my long day of on-camera interviews for the film wrapped up with these two. This was still before Michael and I boosted that golf cart, but just by a half-hour or so. When Schwartzman saw the “Star Wars” t-shirt I was wearing, it inspired a story from his childhood that made an excellent way into the conversation.
I’ve got one more interview for you, and it’ll run Saturday morning so that you have a chance to see the film before you read it. It’s the one-hour sit-down I did with Edgar Wright, and it’s an all-print piece, well worth the read. In the meantime, I hope you understand that I’ve thrown this much effort and energy at the movie this week because I sincerely want to see it do well, and I’m worried that it won’t. There are times where I consider this platform to be a place where box-office shouldn’t be discussed at all, but the truth is that when a film like “Scott Pilgrim” underperforms, it’s harder for the next guy with a radical vision to get his film made, and if there were more films that tried as hard and reached as deep as “Scott Pilgrim,” then Hollywood would be a better place.
It’s not often I go this mental for a film, but when I do, it’s because it works in more than one way for me. I think “Pilgrim” is visually remarkable, thematically airtight, emotionally resonant, and frequently hilarious. It also says some incredibly mature and important things about love and responsibility while disguising its real message with video-game fetishism and comic-book technique. It’s not like anything else anyone will release this year, and so far, the soundtrack hasn’t left the player in my car in a week and that’s exactly the way I like it.
Will you feel the same? Who knows. I just hope you give the film a chance, even if your first choice is one of the weekend’s other big films like “The Expendables” or “Eat Pray Love.” And even if “Pilgrim” isn’t for you, I hope you find the experience worth having.
Have you been following the other interviews that were part of “Scott Pilgrim” week here at HitFix?
We interviewed Anna Kendrick, Kieran Culkin, and Aubrey Plaza first.
Then we interviewed Brandon Routh and Satya Bhabha.
Next up was Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ellen Wong.
Then we sat down for a few minutes with Edgar Wright.
Yesterday, we caught up with the other 2/3 of Sex Bob-omb, Mark Webber and Alison Pill.
And this wraps it up. Not a bad week. Not at all.
“Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” opens in theaters everywhere on Friday.
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