Scott Pilgrim vs. His Own Fanbase
by, 10th December 2010 at 05:46 PM (291 Views)
When Scott Pilgrim vs. The World released in theaters, I didn't see it. I typically have a problem separating a film from its fanbase, especially if that means I have to go see that film with that fanbase. Even when the majority of the flick's fanbase straight-up doesn't get the material, I usually play it safe and wait for DVD.
You see, I hadn't (and still haven't) read the comics behind Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, so my only real ability to judge what this film was going to be was (other than critic's reviews, obviously), the fanbase it attracted.
The majority of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World's fans are just like the majority of Pinkerton's fans. They just don't get it. They are down right fuckin' oblivious to what is actually being said. They don't realize Scott Pilgrim isn't a celebration of Insta-Love® (NOW WITH 20% MORE LOVE!), nor is it a celebration of sweet nothings... it is, quite obviously making fun of it (while Pinkerton isn't celebrating it so much as lamenting its perceived existence).
It is making fun of the haughty, faux-individualist 20-somethings, and their 15-18 year old OMG-I'M-SO-DEEP-CAUSE-I-QUOTE-SONGS-AND-SHIT fanbase.
Ramona isn't supposed to be a likable character. She is supposed to be an indecisive, ridiculously self-involved bitch who thinks she has a grasp of what love is. But her definition of love is very-much the mushy Hollywood one (the aforementioned Insta-Love®); the love that doesn't fucking exist. Scott is also supposed to be a character in this vein.
You see what I'm saying, you crazy scene/neo-hipster kids? This flick ain't "speaking to you". And yeah, it does "understand" you, but not in the way you are using the word. It is pointing the finger at you. It is holding up a mirror and saying; "Look how silly you all are. It is actually rather sad, really."
And all this is Scott Pilgrim vs. The World's worst enemy. It is a brilliant film, but it is a film whose fanbase is a large group of raving, ego-stroking (yet oddly emo), pricks... and that hurts it, because those who can keep their heads out of their asses aren't going to want to see a flick with a fanbase of people who can't keep their heads out of their asses.
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