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The story is as much of a mess as you'd expect given the well-known production problems, to the point where it's basically a collection of random set-pieces haphazardly chucked together into a box, but those set-pieces were fun enough for this to be worth it overall.
As terrible and heartless as it sounds, since this was Polanski's first film after his wife and unborn child were brutally slaughtered, I was expecting and wanting much more of a completely revisionist, ultra-depraved/violent/gory, grief-laden dartboard where Polanski just let out all of his mental anguish, than it ended up being. Still a worthwhile and faithful adaptation, though, with fleeting moments where Polanski makes the story his own.