It’s nearly a month since the 18th August premiere of computer game inspired film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, starring Michael Cera (pictured, of Juno and Superbad fame), and yet it is still generating a respectable level of interest amongst users, or ‘tyggers’ on the TellYouGov leaderboard. The movie is currently showing a volume score of 68: an increase of 60 points in the past 24 hours alone. The sentiment score, also of 68, up 76 points in 24 hours, suggests that such levels of interest are all for the right reasons.
The film, directed by Edgar Wright (also pictured), follows the quest of Scott Pilgrim, a guitarist for the oddly-named band ‘Sex Bob-omb’, who is on a mission to date the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, above). Unfortunately, before he can achieve romantic bliss, he has to defeat Ramona’s seven evil exes (one of whom is played by Jason Schwartzman, also above) all of whom have joined forces to destroy him.
Based on the comic strip Scott Pilgrim, the film is presented as a stylistic cross between a comic book and a computer game; the exes have superpowers and Scott gains an extra life just like a character in a video game. This decision has been met with lots of praise from tyggers, one of whom said they ‘loved all the film and video game references’ while others hailed it as ‘innovative’, ‘original’, ‘amazingly stylish’ and ‘a refreshing movie idea’. Frequently mentioned also is the film’s ‘laugh out loud’, ‘witty’ and ‘surreal’ humour, while Cera, who plays Scott, has been congratulated for being ‘such a good actor’ by one gushing tygger.
‘Not my kind of thing’
It was not all praise on the board, though; some weren’t so enthralled by the concept, with one saying ‘it’s just not my kind of thing’. One tygger called it ‘overrated and only funny to gamer geeks’, while others said it was ‘boring’, ‘disappointing’, and based on ‘games from ten years ago’. One user even purported to be ‘depressed’ by the representation of women in the film, because it depicts Ramona as ‘passive’.
Negative comments are the minority though, and interest in the film is still increasing. Scott Pilgrim may be up against the world, but he seems to have largely won over these TellYouGov users.