I found Edgar Wright’s original Scott Pilgrim movie enjoyable, but I must express my newfound enthusiasm for the latest animated series on Netflix. To put it plainly, I’m so enamored that I’d willingly take on the show’s 7 evil exes.
The core premise of the movie remains intact – a classic love story interwoven with elements from Kill Bill and a generous dose of video game references. Initially anticipating a faithful adaptation, given the reprisal of roles by the excellent cast from the movie, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a lot more.
With a well-deserved 97% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, the series takes an unexpected turn after the first episode, skillfully manipulating expectations and offering a fresh take on the source material. Despite these changes, the adaptation amplifies the movie’s best aspects while addressing some of its weaker points.
The series is notably humorous, blending meta-humor, one-liners, and visual gags into a recipe for success. It even includes nods to the movie director Edgar Wrong and cameos from two Cornetto-loving Brits.
Furthermore, the series delves deeper into character development, particularly for Ramona Flowers (the brilliant Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Lucas Lee (Chris Evans). It adopts more of an ensemble feel, enhanced by a gorgeous art style and a top-notch soundtrack. When characters engage in combat, it’s a spectacle reminiscent of a fusion between Street Fighter and Dragon Ball Z.
While uncertain about the potential for a second season, given considerations such as source material, the star-studded cast, and Netflix’s decision-making, if it does happen, you can be sure I’ll be binge-watching it on the first night.
For those in search of another exceptional animated series, it seems they come in pairs on the best streaming services. If you’re interested, why not explore another one on Netflix boasting a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score?