The whole movie was a visual droolfest for me. (Ok, I didn't think everything needed a spine... or that could have been done a little more elegantly, but.) He was like a cherry on top. Since I like Vin Diesel, too (yes, yes, groan, I know... I just can't help but like the enthusiasm he seems to have for his projects, since he tends to sound much more intelligent than he looks much of the time, and that's just one of those things that will always catch my interest) it was a happy, happy film, oh mercy yes.
They could have made a plot out of the elements they had to work with. Or developed that one into something a little more... well, something, I thought. It was the sort of thing that, with a few more dashes of intrigue and a little more exploration of the characters and their motives, I think may have made an interesting two-parter or miniseries. The world looked fascinating, and I was left with a lot of curiousity about it.
Well, admittedly, I enjoyed the film most when Vin was offscreen. As much as it pains me, I -did- enjoy it. Of course, in my mind, Karl Urban was sporting the Mullet of Villainy, so I didn't quite picture it in the same way.
He is rather rediculously handsome though. Speaking of that, Thandie Newton singeing her flesh to achieve the eyeliner look? Also priceless. As was her dress and Lady Macbethitude.
On the other hand, I really, really enjoyed Colm Feore (also known for playing Pierre Trudeau in a miniseries, up here)
The whole thing was very pretty. Very, very pretty. And, to my shock and horror, I found myself thinking that the universe was pure Warhammer 40K, with all of the majestic cheesiness going on. (And fewer Chaos gods) That, however, is the geek in me, though with Vin involved in production, it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest.