Sunday, October 24, 2010

If you have a signature anything, good on ya!

Nicole McBride
English 111
25 October 2010

In the St. Petersburg Times, the review "'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World' is merely mediocre" by Steve Persall starts off with negative comments about the film Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. "I have discovered more appealing ways to not have a life," is the second sentence of the article and immediately sets the tone Persall has for the rest of the article.

Persall then goes into saying that watching Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is like watching your friend play a video game and then trying to play yourself, but you discover that it isn't at all what you hoped. Basically meaning, that when Persall watched the movie it was a disappoint. Persall claims the director Edgar Wright is a good director, but did not bring his skills in this film. He then goes on to mention that Michael Cera simply just plays "himself" yet again in another film and brings nothing new to the floor.

Persall then summarizes Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World with Cera's "signature dorkiness" and the film's "psycho fight scenes." Persall ends stating that the film is not his type to watch. Persall also makes a remark regarding the fact that geeks will say that a young gamer should have done the review for the film and not someone like himself.

Right from the beginning of the article, I knew Persall had a negative reaction the the film. I also knew this because of the original article I read stated that the St. Petersburg Times also put down Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. I do agree with Persall's statement about Michael Cera's "signature dorkiness", but I do not look at it as a negative trait as Persall does. I've seen Cera's performance in two films and the way he acts is relatively similar, but that is what makes him what he is. That is why directors choose him in their films because they know he will come with that "signature dorkiness" that they're looking for.


  1. You have a really strong argument on Cera's acting. He really possesses such a "signature dorkiness" but yes, that's the way he is. Some actors have their own unique way of acting and portraying a character. Cera may be one of them.