Hey all, I’m Warren Oates. I’m new here but you may know my antics from the comments section.
In this, the first of what I hope to be a regular weekly column (‘m thinking of trying out “Wild Oates” as a title… maybe… I’ll decide later), I’m breaking with the Retaliators concensus and declaring the first Scott Pilgrim Trailer to be awesome! Here’s why:
1. The Psyche out.
Emo music. Michael Cera. Boy meets girl. Looks like another typical romantic comedy, I’ll just stop paying attention [record skip]… wha!?!?!?
2. Whud! Smak!
The minute the sound effects hit it’s a game changer. From Sin city to Watchmen a lot of comic book inspired movies have claimed to be “comics come to life”. But the visual language of comics is not necessarily given to the cinematic. So much of what comic artists do is meant to imply the feeling of movement. This is unnecessary in movies, the picture actually does move. (Which is why the motion lines on the daggers in V for Vendetta = Retarded). I kept hearing about how R.Rodriguez pain painstakingly recreated the panels of Sin City. But Miller’s art has always be defined by bold breaking of panels and splash pages; effects that are literally impossible in film where every shot is locked into the 1:2.35 ratio.
As soon as I saw Whud! I thought that this at last looks like a movie that’s adapting the language of comics while also understanding the language of movies. The moving backgrounds, the close up on the fist it all looks like it hits the right note.
3. Mike Cera’s insane hairdo.
Since his days on Arrested Development Cera’s been a actor known for his uncanny fashion sense. This one looks like he’s taken it to the next level. Cera’s not the guy I ever imagined while reading the comics but this trailer (and specifically the hairdo) has me almost convinced that this could be the unconventional casting that was meant to be
4. The source material is awesome.
If you’ve not had the pleasure of reading Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s perfect graphic novel series then give yourself a treat and pick up the first volume. It’s hilarious, sweet natured, packed with memorable characters and quotable lines, and surprisingly poignant. Imagine if Holden Caulfield got in kung fu battles with robots and you’re getting an idea of the pleasures of the world of Scott Pilgrim. There are five volumes and the sixth and final one is due out this Summer.
5. The trailer’s not a literal point for point plot description.
This is a big one. In his run down James said something that sounded odd to my ears. He said “The tailer’s not bad. At least it shows the feel of the movie”. To me that’s like saying “The comedy’s not bad. At least it made me laugh”. What else is a trailer supposed to do other than tell me what the movie’s going to feel like. That’s the ultimate goal, anything else is too much. It’s like capturing that insect ball in that Harry Potter game: nothing else matters. And most trailers fail. Most trailers today are charm free witless plot breakdowns. And audiences have come to expect, nay demand this approach. If a movie doesn’t give away the third act then audiences walk away complaining they don’t know what the movie’s about.
Well Huzzah for director Edgar Wright for going against the grain and expecting audiences to go into his movies with open minds willing to have their expectations challenged. Sadly it will probably prove to be a bad business decision. Expect confounded audience members to write this one off as “stupid”. Couples looking for a good time at the cinemas (and make no mistake, Scott Pilgrim has the makings of a perfect date movie) will head to this Drew Barrymore movie opening the same Friday.
So in conclusion, James you’re wrong. Next time watch movie trailers better.