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.