A star for some truly beautiful moments with lavish set pieces and interesting camera work. Otherwise, it is a cheap, slapdash affair with no wholly enjoyable elements. Skimped on the violence and lasciviousness, underutilized its best talents, and had a severely under-written story. Watchable, but by no means good - painful, too, considering it had so much potential.
"Close-ups of Guys with Long Hair & Frilly Shirts - The Movie." Easily one of the most boring films I have ever seen. There is absolutely no reason to care for anyone, the ripoff Tim Burton cinematography was forced and ugly... I struggle to think of one positive thing about it.
Unfairly derided for butchering an unadaptable source, this feels like fragments of a much greater work, but focus on the fragments: there's Ian Holmes' performance, the Hughes' sure eye (this is very far from an MTV Ripper, though their images are often gorgeous), and the victims are given adequate characterization to avoid charges of exploitation. Oh that it were all noughties horrors were this ambitious.
Not so much a massacre of adaptation, but certainly a massacre of cinema. Plodding & ugly, but never in the ways it should be; the material is unpleasant with a point, emphasis on the daily bleakness of 19th century street life. Instead we get Gotham City CGI shots, romance and prophecies. The Hughes use all the tricks, which often belies a grasp on the material.
I hear Alan Moore despises all movie adaptations of his work, and here is a case study in just why that may be....the Hughes brothers (the pair behind the excellent "Menace II Society") take Moore's novel length exploration of the Whitechapel murders and turn it into a vehicle for Depp (an actor with ups and
downs) to act dark and brooding...really guys, waiting
for the "Jerusalem" (Moore's novel) miniseries...
2 / The beautiful gros-plan scenes with Johnny Depp on opium are, no doubt, quotes from "Once Upon a Time in America", with Robert de Niro; those scenes of Sergio Leone are so iconic, so unforgettable, that they deserve to be quoted, now and ever after. Ian Holm is very good as absolute evil, and so is the end of the film. But... gosh! Too much blood on walls. Why is that?
Top quality atmosphere and strong cinematography makes this one of the glossiest "Jack the Ripper" films, but I would have loved seen Robbie in the lead actually as he looks more like the character from the graphic novel. The laughable casting of Heather Graham as a nice prostitute destroys the film with her unconvincing accent and good looks. Depp should have done the role - now that would have been risky casting.