Friday, August 13, 2010
MOVIE - Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.
How to phrase it...
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is both a faithful adaptation of the source material, and possessed of its own anima - its own life, which (mostly) adheres to the structure, the story, the tone of the books, but will gleefully leap off the page to play its own riff on what was set down.
These detours from the blueprint of Byan Lee O'Malley's books are not bad things.
Y'know what the problem with the recent Lord of the Rings trilogy was? It was too damn faithful to the books. Too reverent of its source material to risk discovering its own life - its own vital energy that could only exist in the medium of movies.
Scott Pilgrim makes no such mistakes. It follows roughly the same path as the books before splitting off around the events of Vs. The Universe (Volume 5) - and while it ends up telling a very different story (I like that Sex Bob-omb's struggle for success was given greater shrift, but think it could have been wrapped up with less Knives), it takes you on a journey with much the same objective as the books. It diverges in terms of narrative, but not in theme - not in its point.
The movie is hilarious - I already knew ninety per cent of the jokes were coming, and I still laughed more at Scott Pilgrim than I have at any other in recent (or ancient) memory. It also does an admirable job of offering greater insight into the characters. Ramona, in particular, seems much more human in her, well, human incarnation than she ever did on the page, and while Michael Sera does not burst with energy in the way we might wish Scott would, he also provides the character (who, let's face it, is pretty much a lazy, selfish dick) with a great deal of relateable charm.
Scott Pilgrim is a great movie. A movie that's worth paying ten dollars for to see in the theatre - and I can offer no higher praise.