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The Mail watches the Watchmen

Oh, boo. The Watchmen credits were available online last night, but they've been removed by request of the copyright holders now. Very pretty, though... There are a couple of vids on youtube, but they're "not available in my country".

Anyway, the Daily Mail has reviewed Watchmen. Shockingly, they didn't get it. Also, it's a terrible indictment of the world today.

The review complains about the "shocking tastelessness" of the violence. It calls the vigilantes "alarmingly fascistic", which made me laugh out loud - the Mail saying that like it's a bad thing! Maybe they're secret left-wingers! It calls it unoriginal, pretentious, overblown, and hard to stay awake through. And it finishes:

Watchmen is unwatchable - a grotesque squandering of time, talent and technology.

This despicable trash will find an audience among sad sociopaths, deranged pseudo-intellectuals and brutalised, immature men of all ages. I just hope that there aren't enough of them to make it a hit. If there are, God help cinema.

I think I must be a deranged pseudo-intellectual.

Now, what better reason do you need to go and see it?

(Edit: And hey, the spam comments are getting more interesting o.O)



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Mar. 9th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Who watches the Watchmen? ...I did...
I saw Watchmen on Friday night, having stood in line for half an hour with a 100-degree fever. I read the graphic novel not long ago, on loan from a friend. Did the movie wow me? ...Honestly? Not really. It was like watching a comic book come to life on the screen, without a lot of the good parts that made it a really interesting, three-dimensional story.

However, I wouldn't call it "despicable trash." Negative press like that will only fuel the fanboy fire, as it were. As a movie, it was okay. It was like Lord of the Rings in that it played upon an existing demographic to capitalize on what originated as a great idea. It could have been better, it could have been worse. Some stuff was different, some stuff was lifted directly off the page, camera angles and all. One of the most accurate reviews I've read so far said, basically, "the only failing of the movie is that it wasn't the comic book."

Just depends on what you're looking for from the movie, I guess. To each his own and all that.
Mar. 10th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Re: Who watches the Watchmen? ...I did...
Yeah, exactly. I quite liked it because it was like the comic book come alive, while being aware that there was obviously a lot more in the comic book just because of the genre limitations, I think. I'm not sure how well it works as a straight-up film, although people I know who haven't read the comic have liked it well enough.
Mar. 9th, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
My favourite part of the review was where they complained about it being slavishly accurate to a 20 year old graphic novel, and thereby out of date. Then, in the very next sentence, they call it unoriginal because an aspect of the plot is similar to superhero films made in the last few years. Does anyone proofread or edit these reviews?
Mar. 10th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Paying an editor would mean less money to pay people for their "PC gone mad" stories, I assume...
Mar. 9th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
Oh man! I want to see it even more now! Lol!
Mar. 9th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
Well, I loved it. I didn't mind the smallish changes they made to the book, for the most part it all made sense and my wife (who had not read the book) managed to follow it all just fine. I just enjoyed seeing it all come together so much like the comic book - almost everything in it played out, sounded and looked like I imagined it would.

Unoriginal? Wow. What kind of cretin slates the film of a 20-year-old very original comic book as 'unoriginal'. Do they actually research anything that they print?

What was the deal with the credits? At 2h 50m, the very minutes the credits started to run we headed for the car (to be fair it was almost midnight). Was there something going on later in the credits?
Mar. 10th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, I liked it - I'm going to see it again, heh. And yeah, you do wonder if they slam the Beatles for being unoriginal too, because there's other stuff now that sounds like them...

Credits, it was the fantastic opening credits that were online for a bit. They're fun to watch just in isolation.
Mar. 9th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
In March, I'll have external fertilization.
As many I possible.
Mar. 9th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
Because it's your baby, honey.
Baby between you and me.
Mar. 9th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
Hey. You need to wear OUR wedding band, honey.
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