Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World Analysis (Technical and Review)

(A more technical-focused older review)

The film I chose to write on is Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. It is a comic book adaption film directed by Edgar Wright. The film was shot digitally on a Phantom HD camera. They used a lot of different lenses, mostly consisting of Panasonic lenses. They had a lot of digital work done in a few different places in the US, but most of the editing was done in Canada. It was printed onto 35mm film for release in theatres. During it's time in theatres, it made roughly 31,494,270 dollars gross in the US. The budget was around 60,000,000 dollars, so sadly they did not even get enough money to be considered a hit. Besides this, it is considered a cult hit. The film was shot on location in some areas in Canada, mostly in Toronto. There were also some shots filmed on sets. The film was then sent to different areas, some in the US, some in the UK, but most of the processing and lab work was done by Deluxe in Canada. afterwards, the film was released in theatres to a broad audience along with advertisements running on television and other forms of media. The Cinematographer for this film is Bill Pope. Bill Pope is well known as the cinematographer of The Matrix Series, along with the Spiderman Series of films. overall, he is known for being able to film good action scenes. His approach with this film was to do some interesting shots for all the non-action scenes while also switching up some of the angles during action scenes.
            One scene in the film that really stands out is the last battle scene between Scott and Gideon. The sound design is very interesting in this part of the film. First of all, you have the ongoing music that has to match the pace of the action. Alongside that you also have the grunting or screaming sounds of the actors, along with the digitalized sounds of the weapons and the pixelation sounds that were laid over them. Also, whenever swords collide with something there is usually a video game sound effect for the hit. The sound design during this part is in part supposed to evoke the feeling of a video game, approaching a final boss. The fast-pacedness of the sound design seems to grab your attention and show some tension to the scene- that this an important battle that is leading to a bigger one. The sound designer for this film is James Boyle. James Boyle also did sound design for films such as Batman Begins and the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace.
            The director of the film is Edgar Wright. Edgar Wright is known for comedy action films that end up having cult followings. One of his first popular films was Shaun Of The Dead, followed by Hot Fuzz. He seems to be pretty good at doing action and comedy together, and that is in part his signature. This is obviously utilized in this film, which is in fact based on a comic that has those same elements. He was indeed a fan of the comics when he read them, and was interested in the project to begin with. He wanted to evoke the feeling of video games in the film, along with somewhat of a childhood wonder. He wanted the audience to somewhat feel like they were in the main character's daydream. He directed the actors in a way to make it seem almost hyper realistic for some of the scenes, and made sure that they acted perfectly for it. There is also a lot he did to make sure that the music fit into the overall setting and feel of the movie. Wright had always wanted to make a comic book adaption movie, and I think the stylized way he did it was something that normally isn't seen in film. He tried to make feel and seem like an action-comedy comic book, and it came across really well.
            For the most part, the film Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is about falling in love. Scott Pilgrim is dating a girl much younger than him when he meets a girl who seems beautiful to him in an odd place- his dream. It turns out that she's real and she just so happened to wander through his dreams while he was sleeping. He begins to like her and dumps the younger girl. From then on he finds out that he has to fight her seven evil exes in order to be with her. He fights them all with hyper-stylized, almost dreamlike fighting skills, and he learns more about this girl and some of her quirks. He finds out a lot about her past and the way that she treats people while also growing out of his arrested development towards being a responsible adult figure. at the end they are happy and accept each other's problems and he defeats the evil exes. The film has a very interesting way of showing the story of a romantic comedy. It could have been done a lot more down-to-earth and less stylized, but it wouldn't have stood out as such an interesting and entertaining piece of work if it wasn't for the stylization. The comedy is used throughout in different ways, even in the middle of action scenes to keep the audience engaged. The characters are well written and interact well. Every action scene is a visual treat, along with having a solid impact on the story and part of the girl's past. The film even does a pretty solid job of adapting the comic, only leaving out a few things that were not overall too important. The film does a lot of things that haven't been done in film, and relate more to a younger crowd and the current generation watching these sorts of films. I think that it is a very niche film, but it is definitely one that will stay on people's minds for a while.

(Written in 2012)

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