My opinion: LOVED IT
This movie, to me, combined a lot of different genres. It’s a comedy, romance story, video game movie and a “kick-ass” action movie. Disregarding all genres this movie combines, I decided this movie uses the narrative device known as an allegory. If you know what an allegory is, then you know it is a pretty vague term and can’t really define what this movie is, so let me throw another term out there.
Frame story. Wikipedia defines it better than I do, but a frame story is basically a story that aides as a catalyst for understanding (I just stumbled onto this term myself). If you’ve seen the movie, or even seen the previews, then you know Scott Pilgrim has to defeat seven evil ex boyfriends. Now, each of these boyfriends, and the fights, are a different, smaller, story within the main romance story. (Confused yet?) Now, it is my theory that there is a story helping the viewer follow so it doesn’t seem like an awkward transition. I am not sure at this point. Like I said, I watched the movie five minutes ago and I just drove 1wo hours, so I’m pretty out of it. I just couldn’t resist writing about this terrific movie.
As for the allegory, it’s pretty clear what items are acting as a metaphor. For instance, the sword of love and the sword of self-respect are obvious metaphors. What does this tell us? The whole video game aspect of this movie is the top lining of the allegorical story structure. So what is the bottom line? What is the message cleverly disguised behind all this video game “Eye candy?”
That is obvious too. it’s the love story, isn’t it? Well, at this point of reviewing the movie, yes, But I really have to take a look under this movie’s hood to determine my theory. But why make an allegorical style story that is so obvious? Most stories require some serious thinking before the true story can be identified. Take Dracula for example, the famous epistolary novel written by Bram Stoker. There was actually a message telling the reader, throughout the entire novel, there is a thin line between a man and a monster. It wasn’t obvious unless you read the book from cover to cover, and you had to think about it a little bit.
The question is: why make a allegorical movie, but make the hidden message so obvious? That question I will leave up to you to answer because I am too tired to think anymore.
On a side note. I realize there is a comic book to this movie and I am aware the comic book was made before the movie. I will look into it and I’ll most-likely post about the comic book a swell.