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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
I went to see this movie with my family this weekend. OH... MY... GOD! I frickin LOVE it!!! I think I'll look back on it as THE best cinema experience I've had since I saw Star Wars in 1977! Yeah, there have been many awesome films over the years, but as far as the entire experience, this was so double rainbow awesome that totally beats them. In a sea of 3D, this one that dares to remain flat really pops. How cool is that? I had a smile on my face from the moment it started until I was well out of the theatre. Going in I didn't really know what to expect because I avoided the hype as much as I could. Hell, it was an Edgar Wright film, I knew it wasn't going to disappoint, but I didn't want to be over excited and have it be a let down of sorts. I was blown away!
It FEELS like the book
A guy walked straight up to me at the end of the movie and asked what I thought, and I answered right away that it had the exact 'feeling' of the book. It totally felt like 'Prisoner of Azkaban'! Yes, loads (lol) were missing, but I felt none of it during the film... unlike the jarring missing parts of 'Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone', which I still adore none-the-less.
There's a part in this book called 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' that I remember my dad reading to me. Something along the lines of that it's hard to write a 100 word paper on an entire building, but one could write a 1,000 word essay on one of it's bricks. I think Cuaron applied this simple, yet very effective lesson to 'Prisoner of Azkaban'. He's done away with trying to cram as much in as possible and fleshed out what otherwise would have withered into faded memory. Just look at what he's done to Daniel Radcliffe. Before, his character was almost forgettable and the fangirls glommed onto Tom Felton and Sean Biggerstaff. Now that Cuaron was able to focus in on Harry and get a stronger performance out of Dan you see thread after thread of girls on the messageboards going completely ga ga over him. It's not just because puberty is unfairly kind to him; he was pleasing to look at even back in 'David Copperfield'. It's because Harry is now a character you can FEEL for. There's something sexy about a tortured character, no matter what their age, and in 'Prisoner of Azkaban' Harry's tortured soul has been amplified threefold.