This is a big week for movie adaptations, with the release of "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "Eat Pray Love."(Click on either title for the movie trailer; here are Scott Pilgrim movie reviews.)
It's hard to imagine two books -- or movies -- that have more distance between their audiences (or do they?). Scott Pilgrim, a popular series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley, appeals to guys who have spent entirely too much time watching TV and playing video games, are angry about all the jocks who torment them, and are yearning for a relationship. It's set to a frenetic pace, as if the camera crew had been on a diet of Pop-Tarts and Froot Loops.
"Eat, Pray, Love," based on Elizabeth Gilbert's book, is aimed at women who are searching for some larger meaning in life, are angry at all the guys who have tormented them, and are yearning for a worthwhile relationship. The movie is heavy on scenic shots that would fit well in a travelogue. I enjoyed Gilbert's sense of humor in the book, and I hope that element carries over to Julia Roberts' character.
We'll bring you more about the movies, including early reviews, as the week goes on. In the meantime -- even though the movies have common themes of anger and yearning -- I bet lots of couples and families are scheduling their weekends at the cineplex, guys to the left for Scott Pilgrim, women to the right for "Eat Pray Love." Am I going to be the only person to see both?