Comic book fans and film fans are rarely pleased when the two mediums merge. Comic books as movies often miss the point, and even extremely literal interpretations, such as Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's Sin City, leave readers as viewers disappointed.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, which screened at this year's ComicCon last weekend, may be the one exception to this rule. Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) skillfully translates most of the elements that made the comic great, while adding a few of his own. Wright is the perfect director for the project. His sense of pace helped adapt the comic's six volumes into one film, and his particular touch for directing action sequences brought to life the lengthy, unique fight scenes in the comic.
The film stars Michael Cera as the titular Scott Pilgrim, which had fans of the comic worried at first. Cera's past performances have all been of a similar type: nerdy, awkward and naive--nothing like the Scott Pilgrim of the source material. However, Cera breaks out of his previous roles and brings the confident bass-playing, kung-fu fighting slacker directly off the pages of the book and onto the big screen.
There are some parts of the film that may confuse people who haven't read the original work, but overall Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is a terrific film. It's funny, action-packed, frenetically paced, masterfully directed and has a killer soundtrack.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World opens Friday, Aug. 13, nationwide.