Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Box Office
I’m going to say it right here, right now. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World will be seen as the defining romantic comedy of this generation. Much like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and anything by John Hughes defined 80’s romantic comedies, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World will do the same for the 2010’s.
Unfortunately, like all great art, the film’s cultural impact will not properly be reflected by any financial measure. Scott Pilgrim performed horribly at the box office. It was beaten by an oversexed action movie on steroids (yeah, I’ll probably be seeing this in the theater sometime), Eat Pray Julia Roberts, a stupid cop/buddy/comedy that opened last weekend (I actually want to see this eventually, just not in the theater), and a spinning top movie that was released a whole mess of weeks ago.
The thing to keep in mind is that it takes time for pop culture to recognize genius. The Scott Pilgrim comic series wasn’t an instant mega success. It took a while for the comics world to appreciate Bryan Lee O’Malley’s little romantic comedy. Now it stands as a shining example of the level of awesomeness indy comics can achieve. I have little doubt that the movie will be the same. DVD and Blu-Ray sales will absolutely kill. It will be replayed many times over in homes all over the world. And it will go on to inspire some truly insane filmmakers in future generations who will point to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World as their inspiration for breaking filmmaking conventions, going all out, and having fun. Have no fear, fellow geeks, you are indeed witnessing the beginning of a culture shift.
If you put off seeing Scott Pilgrim opening weekend to see The Expendables, Eat Pray Julia Robers, that silly ass cop/buddy/comedy thing, or the spinny top movie, awesome. Those films deserve the support. Especially the spinny top one. But this weekend, please consider Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. You’ve never seen a film like it. And you’ll have a blast.