Edgar Wright, director of amazing comedies such as Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, did an interview with the Onion A.V. Club where he goes into great detail about Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, the feature film coming out this weekend.
A point of interest is when Wright compares the film to musicals, as he’s done in passing before:
That’s where the idea of making allusions to musicals came in, and playing the fights like production numbers in a MGM musical, where Gene Kelly does a big dance number, and then you’re right back into the story, and nobody comments on the amazing virtuoso tap number they’ve just seen. That was the idea about making the fight scenes dream-like and big production numbers, and also through the ensemble and peanut gallery, show that everybody else had their own preoccupations that stopped them from doing what any real person would do during these fights: “What the fuck was that? He just had this fight, and was flying through the air!”
The series of books by Bryan Lee O’Malley had a strong fan base before the film’s release became imminent, but the movie will surely send casual movie fans to the source material in droves.
If you’ve been on the fence about the books, I’d suggest you check out this post on the Millions, briefly sums up why they’re worth checking out.