"[142] Edelstein opened his review by saying "Yes, this is how you bring a graphic novel to life onscreen! [116], Debruge praised the ensemble cast and Wright's directing skills that make each of the many characters distinctive. [78] Scott's changing t-shirts often match Ramona's changing hair color through the film. And Aubrey Plaza got the part in Scott Pilgrim before she did Funny People or Parks and Recreation, which is crazy. [79], Scott playing the bassline of what he calls "Final Fantasy II" is also considered an easter egg; he plays the bassline from the game Final Fantasy IV, but this game was released as Final Fantasy II outside of Japan in the 1990s because the second and third installments had not been released internationally at the time. [91] Winstead reflected that "at Comic-Con it felt like it was the biggest film of all time". [46] Collider noted that the less-known actors fit their roles well, with Wright confirming that they did not have as much pressure to find lots of big names, adding that "Universal never really gave [him] any problems about casting bigger people, because in a way Michael [Cera] has starred in two $100 million-plus movies, and also a lot of the other people, though they're not the biggest names, people certainly know who they are. [35] The Sonic Boom store had been changed from how it appeared in the comics, but allowed its interior to be restored to the previous look for filming. [63] Beck wrote and composed the music played by Sex Bob-omb in the film. [27] O'Malley helped write the new ending and Wright called Knives' actress Ellen Wong beforehand, thinking she might be disappointed at the change but finding that she liked the idea. In the end, all viewers could see is Joe’s hands grabbing Beck and Joe’s voice narrating that he killed Beck. Sex Bob-Omb accepts Gideon's record deal, except for Scott, who quits the band in protest. sound effect onomatopoeia), which is described by Wright and O'Malley as "merely the internal perspective of how Scott understands himself and the world". Scott meets an American Amazon.com delivery girl, Ramona Flowers, after having first seen her in a dream. '"[6] Universal Studios contracted director Edgar Wright, who had just finished the 2004-released Shaun of the Dead and agreed to adapt the Scott Pilgrim comics. [156] Several notable video game, film, and anime industry personalities also praised the film after it premiered in Japan, among them Hironobu Sakaguchi, Goichi Suda, Miki Mizuno, Tomohiko Itō and Takao Nakano. [54], The film is not only physically set in Toronto, but also, according to Allan Weiss, culturally and temporally located within "the Annex and Wychwood neighbourhoods [of Toronto] during the David Miller era", the time and place of a very specific music scene that the film "embed[s] [itself] into [...] not only via Scott's fictional band[,] but also by the appearance of such clubs as the now defunct Rockit[, and] the film's indie rock soundtrack"; Weiss asserts that the film "marks the mythologizing of the cool Annex scene, the transformation of Toronto indie rock [...] into the stuff of adventure", as "nearly all of the major events [...] are connected in some way to this music scene. [168][169], The film has been placed on several Top Ten Films of 2010 lists, including as number 1 by Harry Knowles,[170] and on several lists by Empire. [13][133][134][135] John Bodner explains that "the film becomes an adaptation of a text that is, in many ways, itself a cultural adaptation calling attention to its own source material in its overt employment of many techniques derived from the aesthetic of comic books". [12] Burke writes further on the use of written sound effects, saying that "there are areas in which comics' visualized sound trumps cinema's soundtrack", engaging with Robert C. Harvey to agree that "word and picture can be coupled to reveal the hero's cheery bravado even in the very midst of thundering action". [64] The songs took two days to write and record, with Beck saying that "it needed to be underthought, [...] they had to be funny, but [he] also wanted them to sound raw, like demos. You season 2 spoilers: What will happen to Dr Nicky? Is Penn Badgley married? Throughout the stream, O'Malley, who also appeared along with Wright, drew character images as prizes for donations to Water For People. [157], In an editorial for Rotten Tomatoes, Nathan Rabin wrote that the film has a cult following,[158] and in a 2015 Met Film School feature, Danny Kelly listed it as one of the six most underrated films ever, saying it is "a crime" that more people did not go to see it. [He could] see it being something that people are slow to discover. [9] Before Godrich became involved with the film, early scripts had the running joke that "you never heard the bands [...] You heard the intro, and then it would cut to the next scene, and somebody would be going, 'Oh my God, that's the best song ever.' We went back and re-watched those films and they were still full of life. She said: “I loved working with Penn. [106] The theatrical poster, noted in Liam Burke's book, "mirrored the opening image of the graphic novel", as a signal to its origins; Burke says that the film's marketing campaign was "typical of the strategy of engaging fans and building a core audience with promotional material that displays comic book continuity". [20] The film was given a production budget of $85–90 million, an amount offset by tax rebates that resulted in a final cost of around $60 million. [98] Universal acknowledged their disappointment at the opening weekend, saying they had "been aware of the challenges of broadening this film to a mainstream audience"; regardless, the studio's spokesman said Universal was "proud of this film and our relationship with the visionary and creative filmmaker Edgar Wright [...] [Wright] has created a truly unique film that is both envelope pushing and genre bending and when examined down the road will be identified as an important piece of filmmaking. [68] The clothing, performance and style of Metric's lead singer, Emily Haines, is also the basis for the lead singer of The Clash at Demonhead, Envy Adams. [145] Abrams also notes that some of the comic elements work better in the film, like when Scott wakes up, followed by Wallace and Other Scott, because of the timing of the medium. [141], Further comparing the film to the graphic novels, and discussing it as an adaptation, Honeycutt agrees that "Director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright [...] has successfully reproduced the imagery and worldview of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novel, itself a mash-up of ordinary characters lost in a world of manga, video games, music videos and comic book iconography. Join Facebook to connect with Becky Todd and others you may know. The World Video Game", "Mary Elizabeth Winstead = Ramona Flowers", "Scott Pilgrim vs.