This has aged very well, and I liked it much more than when I first experienced it upon its release. The deadpan visual style paired with Black's manic performance drew laughs from every scene. There's a lot of energy here. There are jokes that fail, but overall it's a lot of fun. Complete with surprisingly beautiful camera work, stunning leading lady, and a homely background cast. Extra points for the fashion.
Could have been a lot of fun, but it lacks the manic energy it needs to be really funny. Hess' deadpan style just doesn't quite work here. Jack Black is appropriately over-the-top, and Ana de la Reguera is almost distractingly beautiful. Danny Elfman's wonderfully wacky score seems to just underline what is missing. Still, it's definitely different, which counts for something.