Billy Ray ( 3 1/2
out of 4 pops )
I guess the reason most people went to see "From Hell" was
because they thought it was going to be an action-packed, terrifying,
and somewhat fictional account of the killings. Evidently, those
people wouldn't know a good movie if it bit them in the butt.
is exceptionally good, even though I doubt many critics will
agree. The cinematography is so dark and so creepy that we could
just look at the settings and still be scared. The tension and
suspense are perfectly timed, and Johnny Depp has perfected his
ability to play oddball characters. It is true that Heather
Graham looks more like a super model than the other prostitutes, but
not all prostitutes are fat and ugly--there are some attractive ones I
am sure. The murder scenes are inventive and creepy, and the
Hughes Brothers are quickly becoming some of the premiere directors in
Hollywood. "From Hell" is a perfect Halloween movie
and a pretty good historical retelling of the crimes that Jack the
Ripper himself says, "Gave birth to the twentieth century".
This movie is incredible.
Liz ( 1 1/2 out of 4 pops )
If beginning with a perfect four pops, we must deduct one full pop for
the sheer back-lot
quality to this film-- it's all weather machines and dimmer
("Okay, just push that nifty carriage in front of the camera and
everyone will forget
about the Hollywood sign practically looming in the background.")
Left with three pops, we can subtract another full pop for the
lack of suspense in crucial scenes plus the light of udder stupidity
shed on the ripper's
victims and those chasing the ripper. We must take away
one half of a pop for what this must've done to Johnny Depp's
head. He must
have alternately cried at how cheesy this film would turn out despite
his best effort and
laughed at how silly it renders a unique history. So,
one and a half pops go
to this one-- and that's only because I'm tired of thinking
about its problems.
Patsy ( 3 out of 4
I rented "The
and "From Hell" one weekend and the guy at Blockbuster said
to me-- "You've got the good, the bad, and the ugly."
I had assumed that "From Hell" was the ugly-- not quite
knowing why-- was it a bad movie? I didn't think so (but "13
was definitely the BAD). Also, Blockbuster guy told me that this
movie was very predictable....not a good sign. So, needless to
say, I didn't expect much from and in the end I was surprised at how
much the film didn't stink (funny eh? cheers to low
expectations). There were a few problems with the movie but I
found the plot to be adequate and not predictable at all.
Halfway through the person I watched it with was like, "Oh, it's
so obvious who Jack the Ripper is."...but in the end he was
wrong. Anyway, on to the good things...Heather Graham has a
small part and hardly any lines, there is lots of gore, and the story
is interesting and historically accurate (or so I've been
told). If you want to see a good gory horror mystery then
"From Hell" is for you.