Thanks to a friend, I was loaned the Scott Pilgrim books and managed to read all 6 volumes.
What did I think?
Quite a few of my friends like the anime Cowboy Beebop. Can you blame them? Steve Blum voices one of the main characters!
That said… I don’t like it.
But I get why they do. If someone asked me to recommend anime to them, I’d recommend Cowboy Beebop. If I was stuck on an island alone with a big screen TV, a DVD player and only one anime to choose from, I would prefer Cowboy Beebop to a lot of other shows (go to hell Twelve Kingdoms). But there’s a lot of shows I would rather watch than it (Full Metal Panic – any of them).
Now I know it’s hard to think straight when someone disagrees with you on the internet so let me repeat this about 2 dozen times:
It’s GOOD, I just don’t like it.
My intelligent readers (but I repeat myself) have now probably guessed what my opinion of Scott Pilgrim is. I can see why a lot of people like it. It is better than a lot of stuff out there. But it’s not for me.
Well it’s not for any one single reason, but for a lot of little things that just don’t appeal to me (nearly everything listed here for starters).
One reviewer once described Scott Pilgrim as a musical with fighting replacing music. This is accurate in my opinion with the graphic novels. After all, how could you do a musical in a flat, silent format? So I commend the author for attempting something new and largely accomplishing it. But I don’t like musicals. (operas on the other hand…) Even replacing something as sissy as song & dance numbers with something as badass as fighting doesn’t improve it enough for me.
How do I think the source compared to the movie?
As well as it could be expected. In fact I’d call it the most faithful movie adaption I’ve seen in awhile. (Without a doubt, the best way to adapt Scott Pilgrim would be a video game or anime miniseries.) I still wish the movie had dropped Knives.
All in all… for me, I give it a 2 out of 5. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying this creative effort.