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We've entered the dog days of August and the summer movie season is winding down. But, there's one major battle left to be waged in multiplexes across this fine land this weekend. That's right, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is set to square off against The Expendables. Michael Cera goes toe-to-toe with a bevy of 80's action icons led by Sly Stallone himself. It's steroids against scrawny guys. Explosions versus videogames. Comedy taking on action. Who will win, dear readers? That's the question we ask you tonight.
This one looks too close to call at the moment. Both films play on a strange kind of nostalgia. The Expendables reminds many of us when guys like Stallone and Schwarzenegger ruled the summer box office -- a time when the arms race wasn't only about the proliferation of nuclear weapons, but about who had the bigger biceps. A simpler time, where might made right and even the most brutal acts of violence were cool so long as you offered a great catch phrase after dispatching your enemy. It's going to be hard to beat a film featuring Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and Mickey Rourke. That's like the dream team for action movies.
Not to be outdone, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World plays on our videogame nostalgia, our love of comic books, and our penchant to root for the underdog. Edgar Wright's adaptation of a comic book series looks be very stylish, clever, and most of all, funny. Michael Cera may not be sporting a six-pack and oiled up pecs, but he's still gotta face Ramona Flowers' seven evil exes if he wants to win the heart of the girl of his dreams. Pilgrim looks set to appeal not only to a younger generation of fans, but those of us still in touch with our inner doofus.
I can't possibly guess how this might all play out, but I do know one thing ... there's a dark force lurking in the shadows while these two titans battle to the death, a film so evil and menacing that it simply cannot win the weekend no matter what. Yes, I'm talking about Julia Roberts' Eat Pray Love. Based on a novel by Elizabeth Gilbert, this film finds Roberts fed up with her life. What does she do? She goes off on an around the world trip to find herself, naturally. Talk about stretching my willing suspension of disbelief ...
What are you going to see this weekend? Can Stallone and his band of old dogs recapture the glory of the 80's? Does Scott Pilgrim have the kind of multigenerational appeal that will pack theaters? Or will Roberts push another chick flick to the top of the Hollywood heap? Vote below and share your thoughts in the comments section.