on Scott Pilgrim and CONSEQUENCES

Sometimes, movies have messages that you might not see initially. Welcome to “Special”, where we highlight that subtext and help you see your favorite movies in new, refreshing ways.

– I was having a conversation the other day with my friend Peter, and he did not like that the Teacher in “Whiplash” [SPOILER] did not suffer any consequences for his behavior. I felt the same way for the main characters in “The Get Down” and in “Wolf of Wall Street”. I started thinking, “What movie shows characters dealing and learning from consequences?” BOOM: Scott Pilgrim vs the World.
– Scott Pilgrim is self-absorbed and short-sighed and because of this, he’s hurt some people close to him. It’s not until he loses his girlfriend, his band and even his apartment when he realizes that the way he’s living is going to leave him dead and alone.
– Ramona Flowers has not had the best luck with relationships but that’s because she’s almost as self-absorbed as Scott. She’s not cared for her past relationship’s failings until they’ve come back to haunt her.
– Both lead characters have lived their lives in very controlled and selfish ways, and when that control crumbles, they finally understand that they’re more imperfect than those they’ve imposed perfection upon.

Accepting your shortcomings not only makes you stronger, but smarter.

Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production. He’s on twitter (twitter.com/josezuazua) and instagram (instagram.com/josezuazua).

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