Wright, E., Vasconcellos, R., Dale, J. M., LeBoff, J., Siegel, A., Platt, M., Gitter, E., … Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm). (2010). Scott Pilgrim vs. the world. Universal City, CA: Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Scott Pilgrim is the bass guitarist for a garage band called Sex Bob-omb. He is unemployed and his girlfriend is still in high school. In short, Scott is stuck in a rut. He meets Ramona Flowers and falls in like with her .But she comes in baggage in the form of her seven evil who are coming to kill him. He decides to break up with Knives but he just can’t do it. So, he is juggling two girls and fighting all the ex-boyfriends.
Based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim starts with the basic storyline of a guy in the dumps meeting the girl that who will help him rise to the next level. Part way through the movie it turns into a video game with sound effects, slow motion, and cartoon action.
Scott Pilgrim feels more like a video game than a movie. The interaction between the characters is quirky and plays with many of the teenage stereotypes such as how teenagers speak and dress. It is overly dramatic and theatrical and with the songs sequences that just happen, it plays into the video game subculture.
Scott is really into Ramona. To get her, he has to defeat all her evil ex-boyfriends.
Information About the Author:
Bryan Lee O’Malley (writer of the graphic novels)
Bryan was born February 21, 1979 in London, Ontario. He realized early that he loved creating comics. He has tried film making in college and made music as the band Kupek. He released seven albums.
O’Malley started in comics by doing illustrating and lettering work for Oni Press. Scott Pilgrim was second graphic novel project (Albert, n.d.).
Edgar Wright (Director)
Wright was born April 18, 1974 in Dorset, England but spent his childhood in Somerset, England. He started directing films at the age of 14. He has directed a number of television shows and films in England – mostly mixed genres that include humour (Edgar Wright).
- Action and adventure films
- Comedy films
- Comic book adaptation
Reading Level/Interest Age:
- Ages 12 and up
- MPAA rating: PG-13; for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references.
- Sex, drugs, language, homosexuality, comic violence
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Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:
I included Scott Pilgrim because when I told my students about this program I was told this title was a must have. This is also an example of why it is important to look at reviews. This is definitely not a movie that I would have included on my own.
- Scott Pilgrim vs the world. (2010). Retrieved May 2, 2013 from http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/scott_pilgrims_vs_the_world/
“Its script may not be as dazzling as its eye-popping visuals, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is fast, funny, and inventive, 83%.”
- Zuckerman, D. (2010). Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Film Comment, 46(5), 70.
“What keeps this adaptation true to the graphic novel is the precise rendering of each character’s clichés. It’s a good cast full of palpable cartooned hip acting.”
- For a list of awards Scott Pilgrim was nominated for please see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446029/awards
- Empire Award
- Comedy Central Award for Best Director
Albert, A. (n.d.). Bryan Lee O’Malley Profile. Retrieved May 2, 2013 from http://comicbooks.about.com/od/comicbookcreators/p/Bryan-Lee-O-Malley-Profile.htm
Edgar Wright biography overview. (2013). Retrieved May 2, 2013 from http://edgarwright.com/bio/