There’s a conversation that crops up around Scott Pilgrim — the dude, the comic, and the movie named after him — far too often to go unaddressed: Scott Pilgrim is dating a high schooler.
This is quite literally the text; it’s the first line of the movie, the first panel of the comic book,and mostly framed in the same way each time: Scott Pilgrim is kind of a loser. Still, as these things do, from time to time the Discourse™crops up, and people squirm under the uncomfortable discussion introduced by generally well-liked Scott Pilgrimbeing a bit of a turd. Like Doctor Manhattan, we experience this loop over and over again, as people relitigate the issue that’s really supposed to be a clear indicator that Scott has made some very questionable decisions.
[Ed. note: We’re getting into light spoilers beyond the first episode of Scott Pilgrim Takes Off. You’ve been warned if you want to watch first!]
Netflix’s new anime Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, written by original comic scribe Bryan Lee O’Malley and BenDavid Grabinski, makes its point on this matter even clearer. When Lucas Lee (Chris Evans), now playing Scott Pilgrim in a movie, hears his character is dating a high schooler, even the “quintessential Hollywood bad boy” is skeeved out. “I’d never do anything that stupid. If I did, my career would be over.”
Takes Off is very aware of what two decades worth of fans have said about its titular guy. And now it’s decided to do something totally different with all those thoughts. If Scott Pilgrim the comic was the original song, and the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie was the radio edit, then Scott Pilgrim Takes Off is a full-on remix. We’re talking Beyoncé’s “Savage” remix, or Elton John joining forces with Dua Lipa. Hell, youRead more on polygon.com