Well, the movie was exactly what I was expecting and hoping for, with great music and visual effects to boot.
It has a great energy that kicks in during the opening credits and never slows down. It's cheeky, fun, and the action is incredibly well directed. It's much more palatable than Edgar's action direction for Hot Fuzz
, which was intended to be a spoof of Michael Bay's style, so it was completely intentional. Not that I didn't like the action in Hot Fuzz - on the contrary - but Scott Pilgrim's is less glitchy and the better for it.
All of the cast does wonderfully, with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Cera being the obvious standouts. Amongst the exes, it was obvious all the actors were having a ton of fun in their roles. The whole movie had a great sense of fun and of people having fun making it. It's really just a blast to watch.
That being said the movie deviates from the comics a lot, and has only 2 hours to complete all seven evil exes, so it's a little compressed, and unfortunately, somewhat inferior to the comics. But this is mostly due to the limitations of the format and the necessary evil of its Gecko Ending
. I enjoyed the climax in the comics more.
While we're comparing, it must be noted the characterization suffers due to run time. Some of the exes get abbreviated backstories, but just about everyone role is reduced from the comics except Scott and Wallace. Even Ramona's characterization had to be trimmed, and while Winstead is great in the part the character suffers a little for it. Many of the incidental characters are reduced to walk-on roles (Julie, Comeau, Monique, Sandra) and some of the heavier characters are cut short, too (Envy and the twins, of particular note).
This, however, is almost all a necessary evil to tell a six-volume story in a feature length runtime, and is entirely forgivable. The script was airtight and kept things movie fantastically well. Then again, this IS Edgar Wright, so that's pretty much to be expected.
Verdict: it's fantastic. Go see it. Just don't compare. Treat the movie and the comics as separate entities and you'll love it.