Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Best Perspective Redux

Edgar Wright explains why bystanders in his new movie, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, do not seem all that impressed by the fights despite their very magical nature:
“It’s like magical realism,” says Edgar Wright about the lack of onscreen interest provoked by the movie’s duels. “Magical things happen, and it’s just accepted in the logic of this universe that this is the way it goes. It’s like a musical in a sense. In Grease, nobody ever says at Rydell High, ‘Did you see it yesterday when everybody sung, ‘Summer Nights’ with all the harmonies? Yeah, they were all up in the bleachers! It was amazing!’ That was my feeling with the fight scenes. They’re like musical numbers.”
Wow, that makes more sense of musicals than I ever considered.  Of course, Edgar Wright is best known for Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, two movies frequently referred to here.  Anyway, I like his perspective, especially on The Greater Good:

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