It’s no secret how much I’m looking forward to Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World…
(image to the right is me with Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley)
The films coming out this week and I’ve been ready for it, even getting ready for disappointment.
Let me explain. Every time I watch a movie based on a book or comic that I’ve read, I get a little bit disappointed. The disappointment comes from a stupid place. It always come from the fact that the film didn’t include stuff that I liked from the source material. Dumb right? No matter what, even if the film is great, I still wish they kept that ONE thing that made the source material so great to me.
Now, I’m aware why things don’t make it to the finale film. Not enough screen time, the scene is not needed for the for a feature film, too hard to do for a movie…etc.
With Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World specifically, I’ve been trying to get my mind-set for the changes the film will have. You see, theres fun to be had in enjoying the film version too. That’s the exciting thing about adaptations. It’s gives you new things to enjoy in the story you already love, and you get to see the fun of other creative ways the story can change (unlike a certain Airbending movie that came out this year that was afraid to adapt and change).
One of my favorite books of all time is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but just because the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory changes plenty of things from the book to the film, doesn’t mean I don’t love the film version just the same. It’s different, yes, but it’s still the same story and tone the book has but it’s creative in making its own thing.
Films like Fight Club and even the recent Kick-Ass movies showcase changes that worked better then the original source material. The ending to the Fight Club film is completely different from the book, BUT even Fight Clubs author Chuck Palahniuk admits that the film has a better end then his book. I personally think the characterization of Red Mist in the Kick-Ass film is far stronger and better developed in the film then it was in the book.
To the fans that want the film to be exactly the same as the source material, I beg them, please look with better eyes. What I want in an adaptation is this; get the characters right, get the tone right, and the get the spirit right. Make a good movie using what made the source material worked in the first place.
So yeah, I know I’ll be a tiny bit bummed that certain things from the books won’t make it to the film (Lisa Miller, the obvious downplay of Scott and Kim’s past, Knives dad slicing a bus in half…) but at best, all I’m asking is simple. A good movie.