Yeah, yeah, good fun all round. Hopeless nerd Scott Pilgrim falls for the cool new girl in town, only to discover he must battle her seven evil exes in order to win her heart, the whole a kind of kung-fu comic book manga video game beat ’em up pastiche. Kind of Tekken vs Ninja Scroll vs Juno. Very neatly done, cleverly put together, nicely acted. Likable, touching, funny, at times very funny, perhaps particularly for those of us who’ve spent more than a minute or two in an arcade in our lives. The first half really was excellent, with a deft touch on the characterisation, but they couldn’t quite sustain it. Perhaps it’s a strange criticism to make of a film that revelled in its own silliness right from the outset, but it got a bit silly towards the end. Or perhaps it stayed equally silly and got less funny. Or perhaps the silliness started to pall somewhat. Or perhaps it lost its way narratively a little, or didn’t know where exactly it wanted to go, and started to replace the inventiveness, the light touch, and the emotion with a little too much schlocky kung fu special-effect-i-fication. If the first of your battles is crazily outrageous and over the top, you do give yourself that old anime problem of where to go once you’ve already dialled it to 11. You either have to dial back, or stick on 11 knowing that you’ll get diminishing returns. After a while, 11 starts to seem like 6 or 7.
But yeah. Good fun, no doubt.