MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD
While many on Spill were disappointed by the box office returns of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, we had all hoped the film would have a legacy on Blu-ray and DVD. Well it seems our crystal balls were right as Scott Pilgrim jumped to the #1 position of Amazon the day it was released, hopefully the trend continues. But on the DVD, I found a strange discovery in the extras: an alternate ending.
Now I'm fully well aware that many film blogs chatted about the alternate ending prior to release, but I avoided them so as not to spoil the movie for me. After I had seen the movie and enjoyed it, I forgot all about the alternate ending...until now. So for the purposes of dissection and opening the floodgates for Spill to debate "which ending is better" I will now speak of and show the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World ALTERNATE ENDING
ONCE AGAIN....SPOILER ALERT
Huh...Edgar Wright REALLY had a different vision than Bryan Lee O'Malley did. I would have hoped the comic writer would alert the director to the series' true conclusion (kinda like when J.K. Rowling told Alan Rickman Snape's true alleigance for the movies). But when I come to think about it, Knives was much more involved in the movie than she was in the comic to the point that she was given her own character arc. Seeing this ending makes me realize that all those scenes with Knives were Wright's way of setting up the ending that HE wanted. However, upon finding out from O'Malley the COMIC ending, he realized he did a boo-boo.
Some directors (like say Stanley Kubrick) would say "fuck authorial intent" and claim the movie as HIS own and move on. For people like Kubrick, this worked out to the film lover's benefit with hits like The Shining and A Clockwork Orange. But sometimes you have the Joel Schumacher's of the world who say "fuck authorial intent" and give us "classics" like Batman and Robin and Phantom of the Opera. As you can see, this could go either way.
But Edgar Wright seems to be a respectful man, and chose to honor the source by giving the ending that appeared in the comic (released two weeks prior to the film's release)...but he did it while leaving the Knives scenes intact. While the move did allow him to inject his own artistic desire (which I believe all directors should do with adapted material instead of flat-out copying it...to a point) it left a big fat what if in the minds of fans.
Personally, I liked the ending given to us in theaters. Here you had this "boy" learning to get over his emotional baggage through a series of over-the-top video game fights all in the pursuit of a goal = to get the girl of his dreams (literally). To me, it would seem silly to abandon that goal as soon as you have cleared through every horrible obstacle that stood in your way and tried to eliminate you. While I did appreciate Knives' development, the fact remains that she was not "destined" to be with Scott to fulfill her character. By the end of the film, she realizes what an ass Scott was but reconciles with him to become a stronger person (and hopefully much less clingy in her next relationship).
So what do you guys think? Are you Team Ramona or Team Knives? (Sorry about that last joke, I couldn't resist)