The Scott Pilgrim Effect
Another important lesson filmmakers can learn from past video game movies is to embrace what makes the Castlevania games special. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World did just that, using familiar music and 8-bit sounds that reminded the audience what they loved about those types of games. Everything from the 8-bit Universal opening screen to the ten seconds of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past opening theme made Scott Pilgrim a cut above the rest– that, and director Edgar Wright is a huge video game nerd.
It’s easy to get cynical. After all, this is the internet, the cynicism capital of the universe. But what’s important to remember is this: just because we’ve seen a lot of very bad video game adaptations doesn’t mean Castlevania is doomed from the start. We’ve come a very long way over the last couple decades, and while we might still be a way away from seeing a video game franchise we can all be proud of on the big screen, there’s no question that the quality is getting there. Remember how Simon Belmont was portrayed in the Captain N cartoon? It can’t get much worse than that, guys. And who knows? If Castlevania misses the mark too, perhaps it will be a lesson for the next video game franchise that gets a Hollywood makeover.