Things that are wrong with the Scott Pilgrim movie
1. The removal of certain character development moments which takes away the graphic novels’ moral, which features both Scott and Ramona getting over their hang-ups in order to be together, and leaving us with a “good guy beats up badguys and gets the girl” plot.
2. The reduced screentime and lack of lines for the Katayanagi twins,
turning them into effectively cameos with almost as little onscreen
presence as Sandra and Monique and less than Comeau.
3. For fear of making the wrong decision
over whether it ships ScottxRamona or ScottxKnives, the film ends up indecisive, which overall makes for either ship to be disappointing. It would be better to make the wrong decision, be it keep the original outcome from the comics or change it, rather than make no decision either way.
4. Michael Cera never quite captures the character of Scott.
5. The overload of special effects inflated the movie’s budget so much that it was a financial flop. Ultimately, given the story of the source material
the directing style, the film could have survived on a smaller effects budget.
6. Sex Bob-Omb signing with Gideon and replacing Scott with Neil ruins the dynamic, especially considering that there’s a running theme throughout the movie of Scott handing off his bass to Neil, so Neil almost gets more playtime than Scott does.
7. The interesting “casual fantasy” universe of the original takes a backseat to video game references, which is fine, but makes certain things (like Todd’s psychic powers coming from being vegan) feel weird.
8. By very nature of the movie, the second act feels like it runs through characters to cram them all in. Matthew Patel, Lucas Lee, Todd Ingram, and especially Roxy Richter run together very easily, without getting much of a plot and really not having more than a scene each. It gets worse in act three; see the Katayanagies.
9: Unlike every woman I’ve ever known, it climaxes too many times. While having Scott relive his fight with Gideon is a cute idea (especially the weird way it’s done where Gideon seems to know they’ve gone through it before), it feels a bit repetitive.
Monique (of Sandra and Monique) is a budding actress, but has not gotten any of her plays performed yet. To make ends meet, she works as a waitress at a Hooters-esque restaurant (in that she has to wear a degrading uniform). She has worked there since college.
NOTE: This post originally claimed Monique was a playwright, but Julie Powers herself pointed out to me that it was out of character.
I had a weird dream where Kim Pine was depressed and lounging around Toronto after Scott & Ramona left and she was basically doing what Scott was doing: just sorta showing up at Julie parties as if it was the only means of existing but it’s a few years later and Julie has become a master at party throwing (she rents out large houses and other buildings for her parties, hires caterers, hires cleaning crews for after the party, etc. but she doesn’t charge admission just for something called VIP tickets which basically get you into her parties free and you may get some other neat things like free hard liquor). Anyway, Julie is uncharacteristically friendly to Kim and gives her a free VIP ticket and Kim is just like “ok” and continues her semi-miserable existence and showing up at Julie parties and she finds out the VIP ticket gets her access to a secret bar in one of the houses and right before she drowns her angsty sorrows in alcohol she sees a girl and falls in love. Then I woke up. I think Sandra or Monique were in it too, and they were like Julie’s party planning assistants/secretaries and were equally uncharacteristically friendly towards Kim.
Man…i wanna write a fanfic about this but i’m not good at writing. or fanfic.