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Exalted Movie Mondays – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

August 2, 2010

Some of us are fortunate enough to have caught a sneak peek at Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and I have to say, it’s pretty amazing. I was expecting something funny with some good action sequences, and I got that. I also got some of the best music I’ve ever heard in a movie, and a very compelling story, which were two things I didn’t expect.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a simple story about a young man learning about love. At its base, it’s nothing more than a romantic comedy. The good parts start to happen when the titular character has to defeat the seven evil exes of his new love interest. You’ve all seen the trailers, and they’re pretty true to the storyline.

The visual style is stunning, and Exalted could benefit from a few of the stunts and workarounds they use. Obviously, the movie draws more heavily from video games, but the fights are nothing but Exalted. They’re over the top, with flashy moves, hordes of mooks, and combat dialogue that comes, unsurprisingly, right out of the comic books.

The real pull of Scott Pilgrim, however, is the underlying character development. Scott Pilgrim especially learns that love isn’t just about the girl, but about himself, too. It pushes home the power of self-exploration and personal understanding, which is something more Exalted characters could use in my opinion. It showcases a number of effects based off personal virtue (or Virtues) that translate almost directly into Charms. Most importantly, Scott doesn’t solve every problem through violence (though that’s not to say there aren’t lots of awesome fights).

Oh, and check out the anima displays. You’ll dig those.

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