|Edgar Wright Director||previously directed Hot Fuzz|
Based on the Oni Press graphic novel series, Scott Pilgrim has its title character go out and defeat his dream girl's seven evil exes to gain the right to date her, all while juggling his own crazy life in his crazy world.
One of the evil exes that Scott (Michael Cera) must defeat is Roxy Richter (Mae Whitman) who previously played Cera's character's girlfriend in "Arrested Development" (2003).28 More Trivia
Some of the music during fights in Kung Fu Hustle inspired the approach to the Katayanagi's fight.8 More Movie References
|Bryan Lee O'Malley||Graphic novel series|
|Michael Cera||Scott Pilgrim|
|Mary Elizabeth Winstead||Ramona V. Flowers|
|Ellen Wong||Knives Chau|
|Jason Schwartzman||Gideon Gordon Graves|
|Kieran Culkin||Wallace Wells|
|Chris Evans||Lucas Lee|
|Mark Webber||Stephen Stills|
|Alison Pill||Kim Pine|
|Brie Larson||Envy Adams|
|Anna Kendrick||Stacey Pilgrim|
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Scott Pilgrim is a loser. This 22-year-old from the faraway land of Toronto, Canada has no job and no motivation outside of mooching off his "totally gay roommate" Wallace and playing bass for "Sex Bob-omb," a garage band that features his ex-girlfriend Kim Pine on drums (but they're totally cool now, he swears!) and he is quick to ignore when given the chance. Oh, and he's also dating a seventeen-year-old that's he's neither that into nor has he gotten to first base with, but won't break up with her because he's never gotten over Envy Adams, the lead singer of "Clash at Demonhead" that broke his heart.
One day, Scott quite literally meets the girl of his dreams. Enter Ramona Flowers - a mysterious girl from America who works as a rollerblading delivery girl for Amazon.ca and dyes her hair a new color once every week-and-a-half. Scott makes it his mission to win her heart. But things aren't always so easy, for as it turns out, the League of Evil Exes - a group comprising Ramona's seven spurned exes - is now coming to kill him. The only way he and Ramona can be together is for Scott to take on every challenger, without getting killed himself.
It's a hyperbolic metaphor for saving the princess, or going the distance for the one you love. Director Edgar Wright also considers it similar to his TV series Spaced, which is about young people living their lives with their ups and downs, and having the protagonists a bit nerdy. Much like Edgar and friends, the characters reference pop culture several times.
The visuals in the film are referential to the style of video games and comic books. A lot of physical attacks connect with a "THOK", "POW" much like the action denoted in old school and recent comic books, most notably Batman.
In the world of Scott Pilgrim, Scott levels up, gains powerups, and receives 1-Ups. Of course, these are all done in regards to video games, and on the big screen, they are translated in some of the most eye-catching, enjoyable visual effects of recent years. The best example of this would be in Matthew Patel's fight, where Scott pulled a reversal, a 64-hit combo (reference to the Nintendo 64), a K.O. and received coins for winning the fight. Many viewers say that it's like nothing before it, and makes the film unique.
A lot of music and sound in the books were denoted with sound waves and other flairs around the person emitting them, and while the movie actually has the sounds, these little flairs are still added in. When a character is playing bass, the notes would fly off the strings (except for Todd Ingram, who is surrounded by huge sound waves and levels), little streaks of lighting would emit from the bands as they play, and so forth. Neither the music or the visuals overshadow each other, so the viewer can easily take them in at the same time.
The audio engineering was a big part of the production. A lot of the background noises, clicks and whistles are done in rhythm with music, as is a lot of the dialogue. Video game noises from such classics as Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, and Final Fantasy are used as punch-line clicks. These quietly denote importance in said lines and are mainly used for comedic effect. In the band scenes feedback is used in the same vein. Whip pans, instead of always being accompanied by a "woosh" noise, come in different noises related to what is going on in the scene; a coffee maker noise or a car passing by and honking, for example.
The film was heavily praised by critics for being fun, inventive, and creative. It has an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.6 on IMDB. The flaws pointed out by many critics are its often shallow characters, lack of character development, and its frenetic pace, which put off many viewers.
Its tepid box office returns ($10 million first weekend, $5 million second) caused many to conclude that the film was a flop. Pilgrim raked in just over $46 million worldwide at the box office (a $13.5 million loss of its reported $60 million budget excluding marketing.) Many blamed the studio's confusing marketing campaign that had difficulty conveying what they film really was to moviegoers. Others blamed the film's attendance and interest at Comic Con as being a false indicator on how much buzz the film had. Since the film's release on Blu-Ray and DVD, many devoted fans have heralded the film as a cult classic.
As of the second week out in theaters, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is gaining a lot of respect and love from Canadian movie-goers. This is mainly due to its apparent pride in taking place in Canada, denoting local landmarks like Casa Loma, Honest Ed's, Hillcrest Park, Pizza Pizza, et cetera. Scott Pilgrim creator Brian Lee O'Malley based all of the locations (most of them) in the book on local places from his neighborhoods from his youth (including Scott and Wallace's apartment), which Edgar Wright held dear in the film adaptation.
There are many colorful characters in the world of Scott Pilgrim, and it could be hard juggling them all around. Here's a little tree to help you know who is who and to whom.
Michael Comeau ( Nelson Franklin)
The Evil Exes:
MATTHEW PATEL ( Satya Bhabha) - Pirate, Bollywood Song/Dance Fan
LUCAS LEE ( Chris Evans) - Pretty Good Skater, Pretty Good Actor, and a Sell Out
Lucas goes to get coffee while the stunt doubles are taking care of Scott, but as he walks back, he sees that Scott took down all the doubles. Lucas and Scott charge at each other, and Lucas wins. Before he gets to finish Scott off, Scott asks Lucas to prove his skateboarding skills in front of the ladies. He convinces Lucas to grind down a "garbage", 200 stair-set rail. By the end of his grind, he is going too fast to live, and then blows up. Scott is delighted, but disappointed that he didn't get an autograph.
TODD INGRAM ( Brandon Routh) - Bassist of The Clash at Demonhead, Vegan Rockstar
Before Todd can finish off Scott, Scott recommends a cup of coffee, which has soy milk in it. Todd doesn't "fall for his trick", and takes Scott's coffee, which supposedly has the soy milk, not half and half. Todd is actually tricked, and ends up drinking the one with half and half. Then, the Vegan Police break in, read off Todd's "three strikes" ticket, and then de-veganize him. Without his powers, Todd is vulnerable, so Scott headbutts him into a ton of coins after spouting a one liner that confuses Todd.
ROXY RICHTER ( Mae Whitman) - Lesbian Ninja with a Small Speech Impediment
Later, Roxie attacks Scott again at the Clash at Demonhead after-party. Ramona then interferes, and fights Roxie herself with a huge, Amy Rose-esque hammer. After some weapon fighting, Roxie reveals that Scott has to defeat her with his own hands. He is reluctant, so Ramona fights Roxie using Scott as a puppet. After some fist fighting, Roxie separates the two, and knocks Scott down. As she is about "F him in the B", Ramona reveals that she has a weak point on the back of her knee. Scott pokes Roxie there. She pauses, collapses, and begins squirming and moaning telling Scott, "You'll never be able to do this to her." She then explodes into coins (Roxie orgasms to death).
THE KATAYANAGI TWINS ( Keita and Shota Saito) - Perfect, Japanese, Handsome Techno Twins
Scott gets coins, and a 1-up after the fight.
GIDEON GORDON GRAVES ( Jason Schwartzman) - Indie Producer of the YearRound 1
While in Scott's dreamworld, Ramona confronts Scott and reminds him of the extra life he just got after defeating the Katayanagi Twins.
Scott reverts back to the entrance of the Chaos Theatre. He enters in the same fashion but rather apologizes to Kim and compliments on the newly shaped band. Then Scott admits that he is fighting Gideon for himself, thus receiving the power of self-respect. Again, Scott defeats Gideon's henchmen and attacks Gideon, striking his stomach with his sword, knocking Gideon down. Knives returns but receives an apology from Scott for cheating on her. Gideon challenges Scott again, the two fight with Knives stepping in to help out. After a lethal blow, Gideon destroys Scott's sword, but Ramona kicks him in the groin. Gideon hits her in retaliation knocking her down the steps of the pyramid. Knives and Scott then team up for one all-out assault, using their skills from playing Ninja Ninja Revolution, and end up severely damaging Gideon. The final blow is dealt when Scott kicks Gideon in the face making him explode.
NEGA SCOTT ( Michael Cera)
After Gideon Graves explodes into 7,000,000,000 worth of coins, Scott begins to hear the whispers of Gideon coming from his glasses. Scott picks them only to see the reflection of Nega Scott. Knives and Ramona are prepared to fight with Scott, but he tells them that he has to fight Nega Scott on his own making them wait outside the Chaos Theatre. Scott later emerges from the front door chatting with Nega Scott, saying that he is actually "a pretty nice guy" and he mentions they were going to get brunch some time in the future.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation
Lisa suggests that to become cool they would have to form a band, but with only two members Scott remembers a student in his geography named Kim Pine, who plays drums in concert band. On Monday, Scott realizes his feelings towards the red haired Kim, and upon arriving at school he finds various students beaten up by the Benvie Tech boys, who also kidnapped Kim. Scott fights his way to the roof of Benvie Tech High School, confronting the evil Simon, who has Kim chained to the wall. The two clash in an epic battle (in the rain) with Scott emerging victorious by kicking Simon off the roof. He admits his love for Kim and asks her to be in his band. She replies by saying yes and the two kiss.
The rest of the segment shows the relationship of Kim and Scott growing and the times they share together, like playing in the band Sonic & Knuckles. However, Kim finds out that Scott is moving to Toronto, leaving her heartbroken and alone.
Major Differences from the Graphic Novel series (Spoilers)
ReferencesAs is often the case in Edgar Wright's films, there are a lot of references to popular media and culture, such as those in to video games, movies and TV shows.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World International Trailer
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Scott Pilgrim vs. Lucas Lee Fight Scene
Scott faces down Ramona's evil-ex Lucas Lee and his retinue of stunt doubles.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Trailer #2
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Defeat seven evil ex-boyfriends? That's easy. Once my girlfriend made me defeat twenty-five evil kittens. At least, I'm pretty sure they were evil.
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