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In Canada on August 16, 2010 at 18:55

Popcorn Panel: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

National Post’s Alison Broverman and Steve Murray are joined by Peter Birkemoe of Toronto comic shop The Beguiling to discuss graphic novel turned big screen film, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

  • Our film reviewer Chris Knight gave the film three stars: www.nationalpost.com
    by Ron Nurwisah, National Post at 8/16/2010 5:00:55 PM1:00 PM
    • Chris Knight is nuts. This movie is definitely three and a half stars.
      by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:02:42 PM1:02 PM
      • There’s our first panelist. Steve Murray, feel free to introduce yourself
        by Ron Nurwisah, National Post at 8/16/2010 5:03:22 PM1:03 PM
        • Alright, I think we’re all here and ready for an epic Popcorn Panel. I’m Alison Broverman, editor-at-large of Popcorn Paneling.
          by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:03:58 PM1:03 PM
          • What am I, some commoner? YOU INTRODUCE ME, RON.
            by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:04:06 PM1:04 PM
            • My name is Steve Murray. I am a fan of the SEQUENTIAL ARTS and I do a bunch of stuff for some newspaper.
              by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:04:39 PM1:04 PM
              • I’m delighted to introduce the National Post’s infamous Steve Murray and The Beguiling’s beguiling Peter Birkemoe with me here today to discuss Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
                by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:05:09 PM1:05 PM
                • We want you readers to be part of the discussion too, though – feel free to weigh in with your comments and questions!
                  by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:06:04 PM1:06 PM
                  • As a book retailer who has had the SP volumes among his best selling titles every week for the last four years my critical faculties may have been fogged by the money I have made. The film for me was good, 2/3rds as good as the books.
                    by Peter Birkemoe at 8/16/2010 5:06:26 PM1:06 PM
                    • by Ron Nurwisah, National Post at 8/16/2010 5:06:31 PM1:06 PM
                      • I completely agree with Peter, except for the fact that the books have made me no money. But watching the series grow year over year in popularity has definitely made me feel “aw shucks” pride for the hometown(ish) author, so my views are also coloured.
                        by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:08:06 PM1:08 PM
                        • First off, let’s talk about the adaptation: I assume we’re all fans of the books (if only for money-hungry reasons, Peter!).
                          by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:08:09 PM1:08 PM
                          • I can’t believe you invited such a blatant capitalist to our National Post panel, Alison.
                            by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:08:50 PM1:08 PM
                            • I’m a huge fan. The Scott Pilgrim books reawakened a love of the medium for me, definitely.
                              by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:09:35 PM1:09 PM
                              • I don’t own a comic book store, and I have no such “aw shucks” feelings, and I barely even read graphic novels or comic books. But I still love the Scott Pilgrim series, despite the fact that it is basically about hipsters with superpowers, a combination I would normally abhor.
                                by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:10:31 PM1:10 PM
                                • The film must have reawakened a love of fight scenes in me, because it was the first in a long while where I didn’t fast forward through the fighting. Oh wait, maybe that was because I was in a theater.
                                  by Peter Birkemoe at 8/16/2010 5:11:25 PM1:11 PM
                                  • My god I have grown to hate the word “hipster.”
                                    by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:11:47 PM1:11 PM
                                    • Honestly, Peter, I wanted to fast forward through some of the fight scenes – it just got to be too much. The strongest scenes in the movie were the ones lifted directly out of the book, and I wanted more of that.
                                      by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:12:57 PM1:12 PM
                                      • For the record, I’ve never thought about the series as being about hipsters OR superpowers. It’s a bunch of slackers in their early 20s and the superpowers aren;t really super because, well, everyone has them.
                                        by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:13:06 PM1:13 PM
                                        • Adaptation-wise, the casting was spot on
                                          by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:13:44 PM1:13 PM
                                          • I was shocked when I learned that the movie would feature all seven evil exes. For the sake of chopping the fight scenes down a bit, I would have made it, I dunno, five? The fights were stellar, however.
                                            by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:14:42 PM1:14 PM
                                            • I was wary of Michael Cera at first, but he was funnier in this movie than he’s been since his Arrested Development days. And Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a perfect Ramona. I’d fight 7 evil exes for her, and I’m not even into girls!
                                              by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:15:17 PM1:15 PM
                                              • Yeah, the casting was great, plus everyone looked like they were having fun making it. I felt like I was smiling throughout because I was happy that they made it, y’know?
                                                by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:15:53 PM1:15 PM
                                                • Steve, the movie could have lost the twins, I thought. But then we wouldn’t have seen music turn into a gorilla.
                                                  by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:16:09 PM1:16 PM
                                                  • I felt the one miscasting was Thomas Jane as one of the Vegan Police. He’s great in Hung, but why have one character be inexplicably 15 years older than anyone else with significant lines. The otherwise narrow age range was a real asset
                                                    by Peter Birkemoe at 8/16/2010 5:16:51 PM1:16 PM
                                                    • Yeah, it’s hard to make those cuts now. having seen it, because while I think it may have suffered a bit from fight overload, there’s no one I’d want to get rid of.
                                                      by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:17:33 PM1:17 PM
                                                      • It’s unfortunate (or maybe necessary?) that we’re all Torontonians on this panel. Half the joy of the books for me is geographic recognition, and the movie is no different. Lee’s Palace! Honest Ed’s! The Wychwood library!
                                                        by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:18:02 PM1:18 PM
                                                        • Ha ha! I almost forgot about Thomas Jane. I laughed seeing him, but it definitely felt like a guy asking to be put in a movie.
                                                          by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:18:29 PM1:18 PM
                                                          • Non-Torontonians, please weigh in!
                                                            by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:18:59 PM1:18 PM
                                                            • Yeah, it made me a little giddy seeing these locations, especially since I was Scott’s age when I hung out at those spots, plus I fought a lot of evil exes.
                                                              by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:19:20 PM1:19 PM
                                                              • I’m just going to insert comment because it fits with what you’re all saying re: locations and Toronto.
                                                                by Ron Nurwisah, National Post at 8/16/2010 5:19:52 PM1:19 PM
                                                                • Thomas Jane aside, even the more minor roles were perfect. Young Neil was my favourite.
                                                                  by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:19:53 PM1:19 PM
                                                                  • There’s been a tourism site set up in response to the movie. Considering its low opening gross, do you think people will still come and visit Toronto for Scott Pilgrim tours in the future?
                                                                    by karen k. ho at 8/16/2010 5:19:57 PM1:19 PM
                                                                    • No. No no no. That is a botched tourism idea if ever there was one. Even if it came in number one at the box office, it’s an insanely narrow tourism demographic.
                                                                      by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:20:52 PM1:20 PM
                                                                      • This is the site for those who haven’t seen it: Toronto Loves Scott Pilgrim www.seetorontonow.com
                                                                        by Ron Nurwisah, National Post at 8/16/2010 5:21:38 PM1:21 PM
                                                                        • As a Non-Torontonian and a fan of comics and video games for over 20 years, I have to say that this movie was a lot of fun and is something I definitely want to go back to the theatre to see again.
                                                                          by Laughingdog at 8/16/2010 5:22:13 PM1:22 PM
                                                                          • They should have made a tourism site for Egoyan’s Chloe. A SEXY tourism site.
                                                                            by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:22:35 PM1:22 PM
                                                                            • Yeah, I don’t think an official “Scott Pilgrim Reality Tour” would go over so well (skateboard down the Baldwin steps!), but I’m sure a few people will end up coming up and getting a kick out of seeing, say, Lee’s Palace. Or experiencing the stark existential horror of Honest Ed’s. (A scene that I am DEVASTATED didn’t make it into the movie, by the way! Everyone needs to experience the terror of that creepy caribou puppet on the wall!)
                                                                              by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:23:19 PM1:23 PM
                                                                              • I loved that the movie made Toronto look like a fantasy play-land, but still real and recognizeable.
                                                                                by James Fraser at 8/16/2010 5:23:49 PM1:23 PM
                                                                                • Laughingdog, did it make Toronto look like a place you’d want to visit, or is the location immaterial to the film?
                                                                                  by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:23:55 PM1:23 PM
                                                                                  • when my out of town friends come to Toronto I show em where all the Pilgrim scenes take place but i don’t think there is much tourism dollars in that
                                                                                    by TdotComics at 8/16/2010 5:24:24 PM1:24 PM
                                                                                    • As a B.C. resident, the local references tickled me, but not overmuch; I know Lee’s Palace and Sneaky Dee’s, but it only served to fill out the location and make it more real. I didnt geek out over the library, but I liked that as much as Scott’s apartment being a real place.
                                                                                      by Andrew Bates at 8/16/2010 5:24:27 PM1:24 PM
                                                                                      • The video game aspect is played up a lot in the movie.While I thought it worked well, I have a very hard time figuring out who would be drawn to a movie for that. There’s no specific nostalgia associated with it, like an 80s property or something…
                                                                                        by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:24:40 PM1:24 PM
                                                                                        • @TDotComic -You need to start charging your friends like I do.
                                                                                          by Mr. Steve Murray at 8/16/2010 5:25:06 PM1:25 PM
                                                                                          • The video game aspect was overdone, I thought, and at the expense of some of the books’ character development.
                                                                                            by Alison Broverman at 8/16/2010 5:25:42 PM1:25 PM

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