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Scott Pilgrim takes on the big screen and kicks major ass

In a world of comic-book heroes, Scott Pilgrim is even less super than the caped crusaders in Kick-Ass. In fact, he isn’t super at all. And in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – based on a six-volume graphic-novel series – the nerdy, 22-year-old protagonist (Michael Cera, who really needs to look into expanding his résumé a little) falls hard for a girl, Ramona V. Flowers (geek dream Mary Elizabeth Winstead). But before he can even think of calling himself her boyfriend, he must defeat her “seven evil exes.” The movie’s comic-book and video-game style – short character bios pop up onscreen, exclamations splash out of people and objects, all of the battles look like video-game fights, complete with “finishing” moves – is fun, and there’s plenty of visual pizzazz speckled across every scene (you can thank Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright for that). It feels a bit disconnected at times, which has as much to do with the source material as with the movie’s inability to stay in one place for too long. Still, this is a total geekfest. Comic books, video games, indie rock – this is Scott Pilgrim’s world, and at times it’s a totally awesome one.

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