After reading some reviews I thought this was going to be terrible. It isn't bad, actually. The plot is all over the place and there is some really weird editing, especially towards the end. But there is some really interesting visuals and the cast is pretty great. So, not terrible exactly, but miles away from being good.
It begins with an ending that you've come to expect from an Agatha Christie movie. An eccentric group of odd balls are assorted in a drawing room while a man rolls out the solution to the murder. It could have been anyone there, you see, as they all had their motives. Its a fun little scene of the sort that you've seen played out a million time if you like this sort of murder mystery. Then the film of this…
Caught the 3.5 hours ultimate cut. It definitely improves the theatrical version adding in some extra footage that explains the plot a little better and the animated Tales of the Black Freighter fleshes out some of its themes. It is definitely faithful to what happens in the comic book (although it still leaves out the giant monster thing at the end) but I still feel like Snyder just doesn't get it.
Lord knows I'm not an expert on the book, but watching it felt like an exercise in cool visuals without digging very deep into its rich, layered ideas.
Still those visuals are pretty cool.