Just finished watching Watchmen
; I didn't see it in the theater because I knew I'd be buying it right away anyway.
How would I rate it? Ehh, I really don't know. I've read the graphic novel lord knows how many times, and I've purchased it for each of my friends
to read. I love the book.
But the movie?
The scenery and photography were great. There were a few excellent scenes, and the portrayal of Rorschach was outstanding. But, well... there were
a lot of alterations which made little or no sense. Example: in the movie, the boy asking his mother "Mommy, the man in the spaceship, is that
Jesus?" instead of the comic books "Mom, is that an angel?" (when viewing Specter) doesn't really justify the "just like the book" speech that
everyone gives it. Likewise, why is Dan talking to Viedt in the beginning, instead of Rorschach? It's the little changes like that which made me
groan, and the movie was full of them!
What about the major change? Won't say, in case no one has seen or heard of it yet. I can somewhat see this, as it made for the whole story-telling
that more shorter, versus the novel's, which probably would have added another hour easily.
The scenes. For the most part, it seemed as something was missing. The scenes just seemed jammed together, there was no pacing. Again, I know that
to include everything would have made for a lengthier movie, but I'm not talking about that. Something just seemed amiss.
Is it a good movie? I really don't know. I want it to be. I've been wanting this since the very first Rolling Stones
write-up a couple
decades ago... yes, I've been waiting that long. Maybe I want this to be such a great movie that I am ignoring some things, or perhaps I've read
the novel so many times that the 'wrong' parts of the film stick out like a sore thumb.
Or maybe, just maybe, us true novel die hards are right, that Watchmen
was possibly not meant to be made into a movie.
Anyways, I'm off to buy the V for Vendetta
graphic novel now. Loved the film, but never read. I can't wait to see all what I have been
ALL HAIL ALAN MOORE!
[edit here: the way I described the movie to my friends is this: it's like playing with Lincoln Logs when you could use an Erector Set; it's still
fun, but it lacks the details.]
[edit on 2009/7/23 by The Soothsayer]