Edgar Wright Analyzes the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Teaser Trailer
04.01.10 by Ryan
The teaser trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World created some huge buzz around the Internet after its premiere with its arresting, comic book-esque visuals and its spot-on sense of humor. The story sees Michael Cera as Pilgrim, who must fight seven evil ex-boyfriends to win the love of the girl of his dreams (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Director Edgar Wright spoke to Empire and gave a frame-by-frame analysis of the trailer, which Wright says only reveals a portion of what the movie has in store.
There's a lot of eye-candy crammed into 85 seconds, but it doesn't cover how crazy it gets. I wanted the whole film to be like a ride in one sense, and a bit of a trip in a way.
One part of the "ride" is the use of written sound effects, taken directly from the Bryan Lee O'Malley comic book which Wright says is part of the movie's obvious comic book homage.
That does exactly what it says on the tin. 'Whud!' I felt that the last time that was really done was in the Batman TV series. Bryan's books are comedic and I was always a big fan of pop-arty comic book adaptations like Danger Diabolik or Flash Gordon, something that gave me an excuse to have some fun with the medium. There's a high graphic element in the film, that you couldn't or wouldn't do with a grittier comic book adaptation. It's also been interesting seeing how much information an audience can take in at one time.
The visuals continue inashort clip where Chris Evans — who reportedly accepted another comic book role in Captain America — throws Cera into a building and celebrates with an improvised "Boom!" and bicep-pump. Evans told Wright he was glad the moment made the trailer.
This is straight from the books, this shot. Chris just sent me an email saying that he was very pleased that "Boom!" made it into the trailer. I said, if you don't say "Boom!" when you throw your shield at Hitler's face in Captain America, I want my money back.
Wright admits that Cera is not the typical choice for a comic book action hero but says that's exactly what made him perfect for Scott Pilgrim.
What's brilliant about him is that he's the ultimate underdog. I remember reading once someone saying Chris Evans should play Scott Pilgrim. To me, it's much more satisfying and amusing to see Michael fight Chris Evans rather than a Chris Evans-type fight Chris Evans. Michael being a flaming sword-wielding bad-ass is the ultimate wish fulfillment, to me. Michael's perfect and by him coming from a more naturalistic place, it makes his transformation into bad-ass more satisfying.
For more of Wright's trailer breakdown, head here.