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 and 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.