When we refer to comic book movies we always seem to refer to those created by Marvel and DC Comics forgetting the likes of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. It’s not all spandex and aliens as Edgar Wright‘s cult movie has proven when it comes to good comic book movies, his visual style is very innovative too. I’ll admit I loved Shaun Of The Dead, wasn’t the biggest fan of Hot Fuzz, did enjoy The World’s End however it took me a couple of viewings of Scott Pilgrim to really appreciate the movie.
Wright has a distinctive visual style and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World has a lot happening in it, it can be tricky to keep up with everything that’s going on. This is not a fault of the film but after a few watches, you truly appreciate the scene transitions that made the film flow easily . Once you get a grip you understand the narrative it helps the overall story move forward.
In a new Video Essay from The Nerdwriter called “Scott Pilgrim: Make Your Transitions Count.” he examines those transitions. Those little tricks of the trade, many strategic, many sound and visual (diegetic), it really amps up the excitement of the movie too. Scott Pilgrim really captured the popular culture of the reader’s age group as well as the inspiration from Japanese Manga comics and video games too. It’ also like a hark back to the 1960’s and Adam West’s Batman TV show, which also used the diegetic transitions especially in the fight scenes.
This will play like a big slice of nostalgia for die-hard fans, however, this video essay might just help you truly appreciate why Scott Pilgrim Vs.The World is a highly underrated movie.