Visually interesting, and as an alternate reality experience due to the deft balancing of different registers within each shot and across the whole thing. BUT. Disgusting in human terms. I got the sense of a nod and wink from juvenile (thankfully, in this case) Rodriguez, but I get the sense that Miller is a disgusting human being and he knows it but can't admit it. He is the infantile yellow creep, inside and out.
2.5 Saw this when it was released and did my best to sleep through as much as possible. "Ultraviolent" doesn't really do justice the level of violence. It was overwhelmingly, brutally, tortuously, sickeningly, dehumanizingly, relentlessly violent. It's also way too long. Then again, as some fellow pointed out, I wasn't the "target audience." So have fun, all you 18-34 year old males!
Over the top, gregarious, not in the good way. The film is unrelentingly childish in its celebration of gore and pretty women. It hides behind the sheen of arthouse black and white, but it never really can fool the viewer of anything higher minded than something out of a twisted mind of a pubescent comic book fanatic. The film certainly did not even attempt to properly explain the plot, leaving me saying "why" often.
One of the better comic adaptation visions. And it's also on the short list of comic movies that actually carries itself like a comic book. If you somehow skipped this, follow my instructions. Go buy the first four books on Amazon for like a $1, read them, and then watch the movie.
Impossibly sleek and stylish, the trio of directors including the author of the graphic novel have produced a stunning film visually, with a strong and film noir tone which enhances the surreal atmosphere. Mickey Rourke makes a great return is just impressive and charismatic.