When I saw this movie in the cinema, the trailers had made me believe it to be an "18s" style X-Men. As such I was bored silly and couldnt get into the several stories that seemed very disjointed on first viewing.
However, as happened with other movies for me (magnolia, Southland Tales), I decided to give the film another try.
I decided to watch it again. I read up a little about it beforehand, but still didn't expect much from my second viewing.
When I saw it again, I really enjoyed the mood, the music, the dialogue (superbly written), the story and the characters. I dont think you can ask much more from a movie if the truth be told. I subsequently watched it again 3+ times and then bought this version. I must say, it only enhances the experience.
To me this represents everything that modern "movie hero's" lack. A human element, a vulnerable side, a dark side. Heck, even the villain has a curiously debatable master plan that many people will actually feel that while their actions were completely incomprehensible on one level, in many ways their dirty deeds were understandable.
At the risk of sounding pretentious, while its not that important in a movie, when you see something you really enjoy it only adds to the appreciation of it when you realise that it was a movie made by a director whose goal was to celebrate a popular comic, as opposed to the usual Hollywood mantra of making a movie to appeal to the masses just for financial reasons (No PG for the sake of it thank you very much). Its nice to see a movie made with quality in mind.
It certainly will not appeal to the masses, but in time (if not already) this is a guaranteed cult movie . . For me it just gets better the more I watch it. . 10 out of 10