Ace Attorney ★★½

What is this, exactly? Yes, it’s based on the Nintendo DS game series, however it’s no straight adaptation. Its twisted sense of justice; heightened, stylised design; and occasional surreal moments signal satire all the way (and all par for the course for Takashi Miike). But that clashes hard with its deadly serious dramatic elements. If it jettisoned the latter, and were half an hour shorter, it might work a lot better as a more focused send-up of American courtroom dramas.