An epic of epic epicness. The film, like its source material, is about a twenty-something Toronto slacker named Scott Pilgrim Michael Cera who meets an American named Ramona Flowers Mary Elizabeth Winstead , and must defeat her seven evil exes in order to date her Since the comic was as yet unfinished during filming, the film moves in a slightly different direction to the comic, though core elements remain the same.
While the critics and audiences loved the film, its extremely niche humor and style made it a difficult sell and it didn't recoup its budget. However, it fared far better in the home market. The movie provides examples of the following tropes: Toronto , a city so cool that Animesque fights can occur in the coolest night clubs and at least one girl is so hot that ice and snow literally melt beneath her feet.
Todd Ingram disagrees, though. The Members of Sex Bob-Omb are the only people in the film that can seemingly say their band's name right. Even fangirl Knives is the slightest bit off every time she tries.
The movie pares down many subplots and extraneous characters for example, the relegation of Lisa to the animation allows them to get rid of a lot of Volume 4 without impacting the plot too much , and compresses the time-frame to somewhere around four and a half weeks Ramona re-dyes her hair every week and a half, and goes through three dye-jobs over the course of the movie , rather than the year-ish of the comic.
Without an explanation playing into the climax as it did in Volume 6, which was being written while the movie was in production , the concept of "subspace" is essentially downgraded to a handwave for why Ramona appeared in Scott's dream. Subspace, and its random doors popping up, could probably have been cut altogether if it wouldn't have caused the fans to revolt.
Envy Adams is a redhead in the books and a blonde in the film. Knives also dyes her hair blue in the film instead of red. The back cover of book two shows Todd with brown hair opposed to the film's grey color although that appears to be a literal dye-job.
Also, Young Neil was blond in the books, but in the movie he is dark haired. In the novel, Lucas Lee was a Punch-Clock Villain who took a break in a middle of a fight with Scott to shoot the shit and share his snacks. In the movie, he's as evilly hammy as all the other evil exes.
Envy is every bit the heartless bitch she appears to be. Chau Knives' deadly father who hunts down Scott in Volume 4 never appears in the film, as his entire subplot was omitted. Knives' mother was originally going to appear in a flashback just like the comic, but the scene was cut out of the final film. Ramona's bag vanishes without much fanfare in the movie, Ramona just not having it in the final confrontation with Gideon Graves, and his control over her is through an implant.
In the original story, Scott finds a Subspace portal into Ramona's mind inside the bag, and discovers a mental Ramona who is in bondage and enslaved by a super-Gideon. As a result, Ramona does almost nothing during the final confrontation with Gideon except fight Knives in the first attempt, and get kicked round like a rag-doll in the second.
Lucas has shades of this, making small talk with Ramona after before tossing Scott into a castle, signing an autograph for Wallace, and remarking that Scott seems like a nice guy. This is a holdover from the comic, where he was more of an "edgy" than "evil" ex. All Gays Are Promiscuous: Played for Laughs - Wallace is dating two guys at once.
All Part of the Show: During the Lucas Lee fight scene, no one seems to realize that this isn't part of the script. After Lucas dies, someone has the audacity to say, "And that's a wrap, everybody! The film makes vague references to the backstories of its supporting characters. The details given line up with what's presented in the graphic novels, so it can be inferred that those character histories can be taken as true within the movie's continuity as well.
One assumes, for instance, that the reason the film's Julie and Envy seem close at least, relative to Julie and everyone else is that, as true in the books, they were roommates in university though in the novels, Julie hated Envy at the time, and is only being friendly now because she's famous.
Perhaps the biggest omission in the movies is the fact that Scott is the best fighter in the province. It makes sense that he can fight so well if you know that, but given it was a one-time line in the books and not in the movie at all, his combat prowess seems to come, not out of nowhere, but from playing video games. When Gideon kicks Ramona, sending her falling down a set of stairs the announcer from "Ninja Ninja Revolution" repeatedly exclaims "Bad!
Possibly what that continue screen at the end means. The night before the movie opened, [adult swim] aired a short two part animated prequel between episodes of Robot Chicken. After Scott first encounters Roxy. Oh, someone help me! When Scott defeats Lucas Lee's stunt team, he and Lucas start running towards each other as the music and sound effects intensify, and everything dies out as we hear only thumping heartbeats.
The two jump into the air Aroused by Their Voice: The sultry voice she has from her introductory phone call gets dropped in the aftermath of the Todd Ingram fight see Becoming the Mask. Ramona's flashbacks are done using the corresponding panels from the comics. As well as the doodles that appear throughout the film.
Neil is featured more prominently in the film, being treated more as the band's roadie than as just a hanger on. He even takes over on bass after Scott quits. Knives' role is also greatly increased compared to her role in the novels. As explained by Edgar Wright, Knives' arc in the novels reached something of a climax when she battled Ramona in the second volume; the film, by tying this into the final fight against Gideon, increases Knives' significance almost by accident.
A major example of this is that, in the original book, '2-Player Mode' was Scott and Ramona, In the movie, It's Scott and Knives, because, in the movie, Scott never released Ramona from Gideon's control. Ask a Stupid Question Julie's sarcastic response of "Did you check the section marked 'Clash at Demonhead'? Furthermore, in her very first scene, Knives also asks Kim, "And you play the drums? When Scott sees Envy in the coffee shop. During the fight against Lucas Lee, the stunt doubles start ganging up and kicking the crap out of Scott, and Lucas himself walks off to get some coffee.
The camera follows him for the twenty seconds it takes to get to the production assistant and get the coffee, and when Scott calls his name, the camera pans back over to Scott standing over the bodies of all the stunt doubles. No indication is given how Scott turned the situation around. Beauty Is Never Tarnished: No one in this movie ever really receives any lasting visible injuries, and this is especially heinous for Scott, who gets the ever living beat out of him throughout the movie.
Apparently, Envy, but Scott pierces the facade after the fight with Todd. Yeah, well, you kicked my heart in the ass, so No one calls me that anymore