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.
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.