Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Trailer


When it comes to writing about upcoming movies, I usually try to contain my fanboy excitement somewhat, because let’s face it, no one wants to hype something up to a point that it can never live up to expectations. With that being said, take a deep breath, and check out the first official trailer for Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World over at Apple.com… because right about now, my jaw is on the floor. We’ve been hearing a lot of great early buzz about this movie, but in about 80 seconds you’ll realize that it was all absolutely justified.

Based on the series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the movie stars Michael Cera as a twenty-something wanna-be rocker living in Toronto who falls for a girl named Ramona V. Flowers. There’s just one problem: she has seven evil ex-boyfriends that he must defeat in order to date her. I love how the trailer starts off looking like a typical Michael Cera twee-indie comedy, and then unleashes itself on you. The movie’s style perfectly melds comic book art with video game references and hyper-real action sequences. It just looks like an insane amount of fun. What do you think… too early to call it movie of the year? Scott Pilgrim vs. The World hits theatres on August 13th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

  • Napalm


    Shaun of the Dead (fucking loved every second of it), Hot Fuzz (entertaining) and now this! Edgar Wright is the future!

  • Nate

    Yeah. Everyone else is playing for second.

  • Yikes. That was disappointing. I’m still hoping the movie itself turns out all right.

  • I’m a huge fan of Edgar Wright, especially loved Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, but this just didn’t do anything for me. It just seems so cartoony, dumb, and over the top. I’m also not the biggest fan of Michael Cera, he has really started to become overexposed in these same kind of roles. Hopefully the next trailer furthers my interest, or I’ll be ready to just skip this one.

  • Too cartoony? This is exactly what the comic is. You guys are crazy.

  • Mike

    Sean, while i don’t necessarily believe making a movie exactly like a comic book is always a good thing, i actually think this looks awesome.

  • Looks awesome, I’m shocked and impressed. Hated Hot Fuzz and Sean of the Dead were mehh, but this looks over the top and corny in just the right way.

  • Ryan

    Really? I was ready to have my ass kicked by this trailer but meh?

    Love EW but this looked like a rom com mixed with Tekken, 2hrs of that speed ramping fighting will just piss me off, heres hoping the movie is better!

  • Nick Robertson

    The effects look amazing and Edgar is insanely fuckin talented.

  • AlexG

    This looks like really great fun! After hearing you guys at filmjunk go on about how cool this film was gonna be, the trailer is finally making me pay more attention. Definitely not looking like other (post-Superbad) Michael Cera films as well. Psyched!

    -Only dude who likes Hot Fuzz better than Shaun (?)

  • Mike

    i think Hot Fuzz is funnier than Shaun of the Dead, but i’m a sucker for zombie movies.

  • Antho42

    Love the manga and anime influences. But, appears to be too nerdy.

  • Falsk

    Ugh. UGH!! Everyone here who hasn’t read the comics can’t comment on it. The whole CHARM of the graphic novels are just how cartoony and nerdy and ridiculous it is. I LOVE that they included the comic words thrown in–that’s just what I was hoping would happen with the film version. I’m unbelievably stoked for this. After seeing Kick Ass (which references Scott Pilgrim, lol) I think this is going to be the year of the Indie Comic.

    If I have to nit-pick, it’s Ramona’s hair. I’m mean Jesus Christ. She’s supposed to be cool and hip and she has a freaking mop on her head.

    Whatever. July 20, volume 6. August 13, the movie. This is gonna be a great summer!

  • james

    yo i gotcho back sean! looks goood, excited definitely!

  • it was billed as a game changer by a lot of directors whom got in on screenings…what is game changing about this trailer? could be an over sell.

  • Antho42

    I do not thing is going to do extremely well in the box office. It looks to appeal to very niche audience…even more narrower than Kick-ass.

  • patrik

    I think it looks awesome.. I´m not too fond of Cera though but Winstead will make up for that

  • Colin

    Rus… I’d like to know exactly you think constitutes a “game changing” trailer.

  • Marc

    Looks pretty lame to me, not to mention that I’m pretty sick of Michal Cera!

  • arsenal27

    i ve never read the comics , but i think the trailer looks awesome and the the whole comic wording on the hitting and stuff is awesome

  • Nate

    I think it was billed as a game-changer by Jason Reitman who is BFF with Wright. Kevin Smith said he and Tarantino enjoyed it. Who cares if it’s a game-changer or not? I think it looks awesome.

  • Chris

    Can’t wait!

  • Niklas

    I guess it could be good but the trailer was nothing special..

  • if a film is a “game changer” the trailer should communicate that…that’s the purpose of a trailer; to communicate the style, feel, story aspects of the film. I think trailers for films like The Matrix did/do that


    all I’m saying is Wright’s director buddies might be doing him a disservice.

  • Kurt

    I think the trailer look great (probably a good thing it is in august, though, as this would nibble the exact same audience for April’s KICK-ASS)

    In terms of announcing itself as ‘game changing’ – if Edgar Wright even had that on his hands (and I do think that SPvTW will be imitated in the future), they have too much of a self-deprecating and quieter sense of humour to claim that, the gag is in the opening minutes of the trailer that makes it start to look like the exact same Michael Cera picture before tearing the lid of the thing with all the nerd-chic gaming/comic culture. Wright and company have always underplayed their sense of humour and self-importance, and that is probably a good thing for the film. The fan community is going to trumped this (and Kick-Ass) to the moon though, so the work is done for them. I doubt SPvTW will ever hit full mainstream cross over, though, but I do not think it (or Wright’s filmography) is designed to do that. And good for them.

  • fatbologna

    I thought this was a film site frequented by film geeks? This seems like a geek’s wet dream to me. I’m not a huge Michael Cera fan either but he suits this role perfectly and the idea of him doing crazy action sequences strikes me as pretty damn funny. I’m also not a fan of the comics, I gave up on them after the first book but I really like the look of this. In terms of changing the game, it does seem pretty different. These days it’s VERY difficult to be original and this looks pretty original if you ask me.

  • becca

    I am not a fan of Edgar Wright (hated hot fuzz) but I do love the comics and I am a big Michael Cera fan, nice to see him branching out with an action film.
    So yes I am biased towards this film as in I think it will be amazing. I agree that the film does and will attract a niche audience but what film doesn’t? I don’t think the trailer has much wow factor but maybe nearer the time other trailers will be released which are a lot better. But from what I have seen so far looks good. A nice mix of cheesy comedy action like the comics. A film that doesn’t seem to pretend that it’s something its not.

  • Werner

    Love the comics and Edgar Wright is the right director for this – but I can’t bring myself to watch yet another Michael Cera doing Michael Cera. Sick and tired of that guy. Will not see this at the theater.

  • Reminds me alot of Speed Racer, kinda like a Speed Racer mixed with Youth in Revolt. I’m looking forward to it. :D

  • Steve

    Ben Lyons has a lot to answer for.

  • rob

    have to say i was expecting this to be crap with cera playing his usual dweeb role
    looks surprisingly good will defo watch

    Hot fuzz and shaun of the dead appear to not be so loved out of the uk? everyone likes both over here!!