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I had a feeling that, as soon as the Universal title opened, redone in 8-bit graphics and MIDI-file orchestra, this movie would be an epic.

It did not disappoint.

Credit Edgar Wright, no doubt.  He’s got to be some sort of creative genius, pulling together everything in the graphic novels that made them quite popular (which, by the way, I still need to read), and mashing them together in this film.  From what I understand as I listened to my friends talk afterward, it followed the plot of the novels quite well, with various lines utilized throughout.  Some lines were missing, but some they got, they enjoyed hilariously.

Yes, I have some catching up to do.

But this is a movie, and as a movie, it was an exciting spectacle.  Sure, the movie drags after a while (how many ways can you have a fight scene anyway?), and the filming, strangely, gets a bit lazy towards the end (the first entrance into Gideon’s lair, for instance).  The feel of this movie though – the mix of a general slacker/gamer induced madness with the comic book geekiness – is what drives this film, and it doesn’t let it.  It doesn’t get old too.  The novelty that you’d expect to wear off after the first five minutes doesn’t do so at all.  Each fight scene – from Patel all the way to Gideon – is manically different every time.  The results are the same, no doubt (this is Scott Pilgrim fighting the League of Evil Exes (“seven evil boyfriends?” “seven evil exes”), so you’d hope he comes out on top), but how Pilgrim responds to each of them is crafty.  The special effects in the movie too – the endless word pop ups, the ringing points totals, the movement effects, hell, everything – is excellent.

An epic of epic epicness.  Okay, the story is as you would expect it, and there is a somewhat morally uplifting ending about learning self-respect, but this is ADHD-induced glee from start to finish.

What more can you ask for?  See it.

B+

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Another brief one.  I’ll be resuming full reviews as soon as time allows it.

A small unit of military men get betrayed by an unknown in the CIA, left for dead in Bolivia before encountering an agent who can get them back for revenge.  Sounds like everything you’ve seen before, right?  Well, it is, but it has enough wit and humor to keep you entertained.  The action is fast paced and frenetic at times, and the characters are well rounded enough that you can care for all of them (though when they had to float their names in the beginning, I was worried: normally floating names to point out who is who doesn’t bode well for a movie).  More enjoyable than it should have been.

Now, I just need to go back and find the comics for this series.  The movie definitely had the look for it, even though it’s hard to pull off Jock’s illustration on the big screen.  Kudos to the production team for doing that.

B-