Though by no means the first attempt of realising the Moore's & Gibbon's complex graphic novel, it is definitely the most akin on-screen depiction we are likely to get.
The style has been mirrored flawlessly and the attention to detail is amazing; these aspects alone, make the film instantly enjoyable for me personally. Although it can be argued that you are required to have read the novel in order to fully appreciate (and some would even say 'like') the film, I believe that it is not at all necessary, but still highly recommended.
Although initially disappointed with the changing of the ending and the removal of consequential sub-stories, it is understandable considering the length the film would have to be and the amount of money that it would have cost. This is not to say it has been rushed: costing around $130 million to make and being over two and a half hours long.
The soundtrack to this film is another unblemished trait, utilising an array of both new and old tracks, whilst still in keeping with the atmosphere, as well as the period.
Overall, I think it is a remarkable film that has been released at an appropriate time in order of satirising the common concepts of costumed 'heroes' that has been so strongly established as a result of the surge in superhero flicks over the recent years. I only give it four stars due to the fact that this adaptation has been totally disregarded by some, displaying its somewhat inadequacy to typify the magnitude of the novel... in other words, it is far closer to being the paragon of a book, than the film is to being a film.