Rachel Talalay | 94 mins | streaming (HD) | 2.35:1 | USA / English | 15 / R
Critically derided, this anarchic adaptation of the rebellious comic has become a cult fave. You can see why: a ramshackle plot allows for plenty of outré zaniness, including a big musical number to a punky Cole Porter cover, and surely no one predicted the bizarre truth about the Rippers!
Malcolm McDowell chews scenery as only he can, a pre-fame Naomi Watts grabs attention, and Lori Petty’s looniness somehow holds it together, helped by efficacious design from Catherine “Twilight” Hardwicke and sporadic animated interludes.
Compromised in post-production but too wacky to fully suppress, it isn’t strictly good, but I enjoyed it.
Rachel Talalay directs tonight’s Doctor Who season finale.
This drabble review is part of the 100 Films Advent Calendar 2015. Read more here.