Friday, August 13, 2010

Viewing Journal: 8/13/2010

(2010 dir. Edgar Wright) Date Seen: August 13 2010

Edgar Wright successfully transitions Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel series to film. With flying colors. Literally. It's drenched in vibrant primary colors as characters clash in mid air like some ridiculous manga. Almost to the hypnotic degree that they do in the Wachowski's underrated '08 masterwork SPEED RACER. Some of the edits are even identical. I was worried this movie was going to come off as a mere Xerox of the book's illustrations, but it thankfully also captures the humour and spirit of the text. Infantile as it may be, I think it's a kinetic and timely piece of pop art. All thanks to Wright's inspired directing. Not everyone will be able to connect with its sense of play, but I think many will find it more than amusing. I haven't laughed quite this hard at fight choreography since Stephen Chow's KUNG FU HUSTLE. Or possibly Ishii's ELECTRIC DRAGON 80,000 VOLTS. It's hilarious. Like an already over the top arcade game on steroids. Much of the film's appeal rests on its surface at first glance, but I found underneath all the assaultive visual flair is a fully beating childlike heart. I believe it portrays rather accuarately what it's like to obsessively crush on a gal in your late teens/early twenties. Scott's love is reckless, misguided, naive..but ultimately sincere. Scary, I know. Can't wait to see it again.

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