I saw Scott Pilgrim & thought it was throughly disappointing too. It seemed as if it was made for people with the attention span of about 0.2 seconds & just seemed very ‘throwaway’.
That was one of the points I think. Well, in that it reflects the characters, as opposed to it being done aimed at the viewer. I guess it wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
Here’s Edgar Wright talking about….
I first heard of Scott Pilgrim in 2004 when Bryan Lee O’Malley’s recently released first volume was pressed into my hands. Given that my previous work has strived to mix up the mundane with the insane, I was hooked immediately. I loved Bryan’s use of manga and video-game iconography to depict the emotions of these young characters.
Adapting these books was a gift as they are not only funny, charming and relatable, but have increasingly crazy diversions into the fantastical. To be able to do romance, comedy, action and fantasy in the feature was an intriguing challenge.
The best way to describe the world of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is that it’s a normal world of a normal young man filtered through his overactive imagination. Bryan Lee O’Malley describes Scot as the hero of the movie in his own head. My goal is to make that very movie.
The emotions and the interactions throughout the film are infused with the mass media that this generation has grown up with; not just in music, film and animation, but in over 30 years of video games. Our characters’ life experience is completely governed by the ridiculous amount of time they’ve spent with their Nintendo consoles. For twentysomething characters in the film, the incidental music for Zelda is as resonant as nursery rhymes.
In the world of Scott Pilgrim, minor disagreements are resolved in mortal combat. Our hero is thrown into a world of pain when he dates the girl of his dreams. The mysterious Ramona Flowers has something of a hex on her where her seven evil exes challenge her new boyfriend to a series of duels to the death. Many people have jumped through many hoops to pursue someone unobtainable. Scott must literally fight for his new relationship if he wants it to survive.
The increasingly crazy events of the film are the result of wild exaggeration. When teens of twentysomethings describe the events of a night out they are usually blown out of all proportion. My take on the fights in the film is that they are hugely amplified versions of the events. Someone might gossip about the ‘huge fight’ that broke out the night before. And here we see the huge version of the fight.
The fight sequences in Scott Pilgrim almost play out like big production numbers. In our film, people break out into fights the same way they explode into a dance number in a musical. When emotion is too great to convey in mere words, characters in a musical will sing out. In Scott Pilgrim, they throw down.
In the absence of a snappy phrase that can fully emcompass the overload of eye and ear candy that comprises the actions, I will instead leave you with a promise: “You will believe Michael Cera can fly.”
The film is set in a world of first apartments, crappy bands, thrift stores and coffee shops that we all know and love. It covers young love, loud music and big emotions. We see the world through a cast of young people who have a lot to give and a lot to learn. Oh, and people totally explode into coins.
- Edgar Wright