The relationship between the spectator and the spectacle is at the heart of this really rather well done adaptation. There is a nice underlying riff about the theatre and the street feeding off each other and the grand guignol styling works well as the heightened form in which an audience is both shocked and satisfied the more lurid the occurrence. Might there be a commentary on our current times lurking in there?
I just loved this one. The character development and the general theatrical construction of the film are great. Mr. Nighy is at the center of the pace, although the whole of the cast is absolutely brilliant. There's beautiful moments of cinematography, great use of references and subtle gory details, all of which feel like fresh air for the genre. This film is like the tale of a great writer, like a classic. Bravo!
It started great, and then becoming style-over-substance sort of film, and then the rest was just itself patching pieces together, dragging and throwing political and social awareness issues here and there, barely incorporating it to the story.
An entertaining victorian murder romp with great production work and art direction which really evokes the era. The cast is very accomplished and the characters are interesting. Shame that many of the players don't get to really delve deeply into their characters. The writing is quite on point but in somewhat of a hurry and the direction is more workmanlike than prolific. Good and engaging but not riveting.
It's 1880 and London is being terrorised by a prototype Ripper.As 8 years later,it's the poor and destitute who are being victimised,in the Victorian urban sprawl of the East End.The police have 4 suspects(including Karl Marx!),but this whodunit has several twists and turns to do,before it's finale.The mix of music hall,streetlife and gore,give this literate thriller/horror film a "Grand Guignol"feel.Enjoyable.