Without any question in my mind, this goes to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The book series was amazing in itself, but this year both the film and video game adaptations blew my mind. Both adaptations of the series were clearly crafted with by fans harboring much love of the franchise, which is a feat that is rarely accomplished. The film was excellently put together, well cast, and adapted almost perfectly from the book series with a few minor changes to the ending (and even those changes were acceptable, the script was written before the final book of the series was released!). Even the video game adaptation, Scott Pilgrim: The Game, was amazing beyond reason; blending all the story elements of the Scott Pilgrim series with all the classic side-scrolling beat-em-up video games of the past. Both the film and the game were among my favorite pieces of entertainment released this year, so I can’t help but give credit where credit is due.
Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn‘s script plunged it’s hand into the occasionally mean-spirited ribcage of Mark Millar‘s real-life-teens-as-superheroes yarn, yanked out its heart and put it onscreen for all to see. One of the rare occasions where the film is actually better than the comic.
This selection should be a no-brainer at this point. If you haven’t watched this show pray for a marathon so you can catch up!
I personally would give this one to The Losers, for their flawless work with Max. Loved it. This choice, is of course followed immediately by Iron Man 2 and The Walking Dead.
I try to avoid the live action movies because they rarely turn out good. For every Spider-Man 2 we get 10 Ghost Riders or Fantastic Four’s. I’ve also realized that the best adaptations in live action are smaller titles. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World was the best live action adaptation I saw this year taking the top spot, for me, from Kick-Ass. In animation it would be Green Lantern: First Flight followed very closely by Superman/Batman: Public Enemies.