Originally Posted by Andrew Woods
I'm kind of curious is to which chewers who saw this were older than say 35 and if they were able to relate. I do think this film plays better to younger audiences.
I'm 41 but I think I caught everything. But I've been thinking about it a lot.
Relationships aren't combat. Now, saying something like that may seem like I'm simplifying the film, but hear me out.
All the relationships of the film seemed to be based on combat in that it wasn't a mutual thing but what one person could take advantage out of another person. Even Ramona wasn't interested in who Scott was but was just interested in something that had less drama than her previous relationships. Scott did the same with Knives. And Envy, once she was through with Scott, tossed him aside.
But from my experience in my life, I came to the conclusion long ago that relationships aren't combat. It's not about points being scored. And at 23, I can see how that a self-centered person would only be interested in gaining something over another person, but at 41, I'm confortable in my relationship with my wife and not trying to one-up anyone that the lessons of this film are pretty much a vague memory. In the end, Scott and Ramona and even Knives learn that, but it's a lesson long ago that I learned, and that might be my frustration with the movie. I'm not trash talking it at all - it's an amazing movie and I'm likely going to buy the Blu-Ray - but I think I'm really outside the range of effectiveness for this movie. The lessons of SCOTT PILGRIM aren't any kind of revelation to me.