Bryan Lee O’Malley’s six-tome graphic novel about Scott Pilgrim is one of the biggest pop-culture phenomena of the last decade. Each successive edition published by the independent Oni Press increased its number of fans, with the entire run of the sixth and final issue published in July 2010 selling out in several days.
The titular hero is an average 22-year-old short on dreams or aspirations. He sleeps, cruises town alone or with friends, getting his kicks flirting with girls, staying up all night playing videogames and bass in a garage band. All that changes when he meets Ramona, the woman of his dreams (literally!). But to be with her, he must first defeat her seven evil exes.
Edgar Wright’s film stays true to O’Malley’s comic world, in homage to comics, old school videogames, independent music, and the love story, while the director mixes in some of his own fascinations, e.g. Bollywood, Asian action films, and sitcoms.
This explosive mix is encrusted with tons of cultural references and maintains a breakneck pace, caffeinated by an editing that often imitates the structure of a comics page and great soundtrack, written especially for the film by Beck, Broken Social Scene, and Nigel Godrich (producer for e.g. Radiohead).
Born 1974 in England, director, scriptwriter and lover of cinema. His affair with film began as a child shooting Super 8 and Video8 pastiches of his favorite film genres. After graduating Bournemouth Art College, Wright made a western parody, A Fistful of Fingers, which received limited cinema and cable distribution. Television work followed, proving an ability to draw audiences with hits like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, his mastery of genre cinema and feel for the pulse of pop-culture.
1995 A Fistful of Fingers
2004 Wysyp żywych trupów / Shaun of the Dead
2007 Hot Fuzz – Ostre psy / Hot Fuzz
2010 Scott Pilgrim kontra świat / Scott Pilgrim vs. The World