The movie though, could’ve been more successful commercially had they not over-budgeted the film. Maybe a $40 million budget with cheap, but decent effects would’ve been the way to go. That movie looked way overproduced as hell. And maybe casting a more bankable and more charismatic actor than Michael Cera would make the character more believeWell, the whole Scott Pilgrim story seems to be a bit of a light parody of the mid 2000's young adult hipster live style. They definitely acknowledged the self absorved nature of that generation, but I don't think the author had any intention of making any real bitting commentary on that.
The Scott Pilgrim books are interesting to me, because when they came out, I was at the right time and place to love them, and so I did, I loved those books and thought the setting and the idea behind it were genius...
And then, a few years ago, I revisited those books and I found myself despising the books. I still think the setting and the videogame gimmick is quite clever, and O'malley can write a natural dialogue, if a bit Joss Whedon-y, and the art style does have a charm of it's own.
But the main characters fucking kill everything else. I hate both Scott and Ramona. And while the big idea of the book was to bring a growth character arc to both of them, it comes in the very last book over a relationship that never gave the reader any reason to be besides the two people in it being self-absorved assholes.
It's okay to have assholes main characters if the point is to redeem them, but at one point in the story, you gotta give the reader a fucking reason to care about these people and the trials they are going through, and I couldn't bring myself to care, and the end just falls flat, because you don't believe these two were ever in love to begin with. Scott was just attracted to the mysterious cooler and above all pixie charm of Ramona and his own childish desire for romance... and Ramona was just killing time when it was time for her to disappear into the ether and leave yet another broken heart because the thing she values the most is her perceived image of being the eccentric aloof cool girl, ever searching for herself.
For very few things I have such a 180 turn like this, and that is why I find Scott Pilgrim fascinating and a drag at the same time.
But like I said, Universal overspent on this movie, like they had with other quirky indie-style movies during the time they were being bought out by Comcast between 2009-2011-and it was foolish to have it open against a movie featuring 80s action stars. Had it open in September 2010, it might have done better.