For those unfamiliar with the franchise, “Scott Pilgrim” began as a comic book written by Bryan Lee O’Malley. The comic struck a resounding chord by identifying with its readers (nerds) like none other. The book is chock full of pop culture references such as video games, music and, of course, comics.
I would say that this comic is the epitome of “nerddom.” And I love it.
Thankfully, the movie, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” is genius and one of the best comic-to-film adaptations I have ever seen. Some fans displayed anxiety over the casting of the film, (Could Michael Cera pull off the part of lady-killer, Scott Pilgrim?) but I feel that I am not alone in saying that everyone involved pulled it off magnificently in the end.
This is, of course, due largely to its director, Edgar Wright, who previously directed such modern-day classics as “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” Another reason the movie performs so well is because of the movie people’s close consultation with the author/artist of the comic, O’Malley. The acting, comic-based visuals, and music are a perfect match to the comic’s quirky sense of humor.
Scott Pilgrim (a name inspired by a Plumtree song) is the twenty-three-year-old bass player of an unpopular band, Sex Bob-Omb, who is currently “in between jobs.” Although he’s kind of a loser in some (or rather, a lot of) respects, he has always had an “awesome” rating with the ladies. When he meets a hot girl, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he must level up by defeating her evil exes, in order to win her love.
SCAD, if you like comic books and video games, this is the movie for you.Contact Tom Rogers.