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Watchmen

Summary: YAY! Not ZOMG FLAIL YAY!!!, but definitely YAY!

Spoilers, natch.



I probably shouldn't have gone searching for reviews. Everyone's so geeky-whiny. "Waaah they didn't put in every single line from the comics, and there's SEX in it! Noooo, RUN AWAY! Also hahahaha look a penis!" I did see someone complaining that the new ending made Ozymandias seem underhanded, which...yeesh. I'm worried that they actually think he's the hero.

I haven't read the comic for about five years, probably, and I don't know it THAT well, which might explain why I'm not exploding with geeky rage, but I don't think so. (I am going to start it again tonight, probably. And then go back and see the movie again once I've finished it.)

Things I thought were amazing: the visuals. The rain. The casting, both in terms of acting ability and similarity to the graphic novel - the Comedian and Rorschach were great, obviously, but Dan/Nite Owl was equally good in a much more understated role. The cinematography, wow. The opening credits. Rorschach's mask. Most of the musical choices. The structuring - I'm a bit of a sucker for recursive flashbacks, even if everyone else hates them. I thought the violence was done well, very ouchy but not gratuitous - we need to see how violent and desperate ALL of these people are, some because that's their nature, some because of the state the world has got into. The decent sex was needed to balance out the almost-rape. I liked the new ending, personally, though I'm undecided as to how much sense it makes. It fits Ozymandias's personality, but perhaps doesn't work all that logically. I loved that Rorschach ended up as a Rorschach test pattern of blood on the snow - I checked the comic, and it wasn't there; that's new for the film. People have complained about the pacing, but I was fine with it - I'm not a huge fan of blam-blam action films, and this was one I was quite happy to get lost in the slow build of. Ooh, and Archimedes was made of WIN.

Not so sure: Laurie was still a bit blah, and her mum only had the two short scenes, so women were a bit under-represented. That's a fault with the comic, possibly the genre, so I can't really blame the film. Same with a few other things, like the password hacking being as idiotic as these things always are, and some dodgy expository dialogue. Nixon's prosthetic nose, WTF? All your other special effects are great, and you muck up a nose that badly? Bubastis seemed to come out of nowhere and so lacked...something. The ending seemed a bit more final in the film, like Ozymandias had saved the day, hurrah, which...no. Maybe for ten years. (Hey, sequel!! No, I jest. Please, no.)

Aside: The whole message of the comic/ film is in Shelley's sonnet Ozymandias , of course. Ozymandias the character has the lines inscribed in his hideout: "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" But the point of the poem is that those lines are ultimately ironic: they're found on the pedestal of a statue in a vast desert, and the pedestal few other statue fragments are all that remain of the king and his kingdom. Ozymandias, in the end, will be forgotten and all his great "works" swallowed up by time; the poem he quotes is a warning against the very hubris that defines him. As Dr Manhattan would say, "Nothing ever ends."

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pentane
Mar. 7th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
Best. Movie. Ever.

The director had me at the opening credits. HE GOT IT.

The reason for the new ending was because they had spliced out the Tales of the Black Freighter, which took our Max Shea, which means no alien squid.

I actually learned about the comic watching how the lines were delivered. It all made more sense.

I'm vaguely disappointed that Nite Owl wasn't impotent first go round, but they sort of glossed over the whole sexy in my uniform thing, so it made sense.

And Rorschach not lighting the guy on fire ("but it's been done in Mad Max! Meat Cleaver to the head!") which changed his soliloquy, but that was ok too.

I am prepared to accept, nay, embrace the differences.

Best. Movie. Ever.
andrewducker
Mar. 7th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
He was impotent first time round! He apologises for it and everything!
pentane
Mar. 7th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
Dunno, that expression on his face seemed to me "I finished too soon" not "it's not working".
marrog
Mar. 7th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Nah, it was definitely him not getting it up, as confirmed by the director in one of his interviews.
pentane
Mar. 8th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks!
andrewducker
Mar. 7th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
Pretty much with you on everything - including the sex scenes.
purplesnap
Mar. 7th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
I have to disagree with your opinion. I did not think the film was YAY!

ZOMG FLAIL YAY!!!!!!!!!

Loved it. Bemused at the people walking out of the cinema half way through, because it wasn't an action film. Does no-one do any research other than looking a film poster before choosing what to go see any more?

Had to bite my tongue on the way out of the cinema when the young girl in front of me said that she didn't like it and that she "thought it was meant to be a comic book." Seriously, people: Doom is a computer game, does that mean all computer games are first person shooters? No! So why do all comic books have to be action books? Really, I want to sit these people down and make them read Maus, Persepholis, Where the Wind Blows and the Invisbles, in that order. Then make them read the Invisbles again, because I enjoy watching people's brains leak out of their ears.

Right, I'm getting ranty, going to stop. Must save rant explosion for moron in work tomorrow, who is inevitably going to have seen it and complain. He shall die by my hand.

In short, thought it was excellent. Can't wait for the extended DVD.
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