‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ – The Daily Utah Chronicle

Poster for “Scott Pilgrim Against the World“. (Courtesy of Universal Pictures)

It’s been over 10 years since the cult classic “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” first hit the big screens. The film’s tenth anniversary should have been celebrated last year, but it has been postponed due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that theaters are starting to relax their rules and audiences are returning to auditoriums, the film hits theaters for a week starting April 30, 2021. The theatrical re-release has been improved and recalibrated for Dolby Cinema, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos under the supervision of the original team, according to a Tweeter by director Edgar Wright announcing the anniversary return of the film.

“Scott Pilgrim vs the World” follows the story of Scott, a charming and unemployed bass player who must enter a battle between the bands to win a record-breaking contract while battling the seven bad exes of his new girlfriend Ramona.

The story was originally presented as a graphic novel by creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. He was inspired to create the series and the character of Scott Pilgrim after listening to the single of the same name by the Canadian band Plumtree in 1998. Despite the fact that the Japanese manga had not yet achieved significant popularity in North America in the early 2000s , O’Malley wanted to write a at the shōnen comic series. In August 2004, Oni Press published the first book in the six-volume series.

The film is Wright’s adaptation of the Graphic Novels and premiered after a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010. It was subsequently distributed by Universal Pictures. Wright, an English director, screenwriter and producer, is known for his fast-paced, satirical films as well as his signature editing style which includes pans and wipes that give the feel and rhythm of his films well.

The film is set in Toronto and is crafted with comic book imagery and 16-bit video game icons mixed with live action scenes. The film and the novels match well, despite some basic differences like the passage of time – a week in the film versus a year in the books; Scott’s initial backstory – he’s a little less of a slacker in the books but still just as desperate; and solo wins over exes – more of the team effort off the books. This narrow page-to-page translation is in part due to the fact that the screenwriting and production was happening at the same time that O’Malley was finishing the novels, so in many cases, it was the books. that reflect the film, not just the other way around. about.

The Battle of the Bands plot uses real groups as the basis for each of the fictional groups. Wright, who is also known for his heavy use of popular music in his films, worked closely with the playlists that O’Malley had written on the back of each comic to organize these contributions and sounds.

The film failed miserably at the box office, only making a comeback $ 48.1 million from its $ 85 million budget. Critics, however, gave it positive reviews and the film ultimately garnered a cult following.

Does it hold up?

Ten years later the movie is still light and funny and it’s a nice watch. There are a few moments that fail to meet today’s social acceptability – such as the singular use of the insult “r”; a few race-based jokes and stereotypes have been thrown at Asian main character Knives Chau (Ellen Wong); the lack of racial diversity outside of Chau; and the rejection and shame of bisexuality. Despite these missteps that were perhaps more easily overlooked upon release, the film still manages to overcome those mistakes, albeit barely, with its style and sound.

Most notably, the film is a comic book flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is sort of refreshing in an age where entertainment is so saturated with very serious mainstream comic book content. This point is also funny when you consider that a few of Scott Pilgrim’s cast have found themselves in these more serious superhero roles over the past decade, like Chris Evans (Captain America), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) and Brandon Routh (Superman). The cast also includes other familiar faces like Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman and Aubrey Plaza.

The graphics and styling of comics and video games, along with the humor and absurdity of live video game battles make this a pleasurable movie, even for those who hate comic book movies.

Tickets for the anniversary screening of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World ”are available via AMC Theaters.

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