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Old Mar 10, 2009, 02:51 PM   #76
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Re: Watchmen

Well -- I have to say, I think it was on a par with The Dark Knight. I really really enjoyed it and I didn't expect to in the least. I watched it completely on a whim with nothing else to do and it really blew me away. Visually, very compelling.
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Old Mar 10, 2009, 03:49 PM   #77
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Re: Watchmen

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as well as update it to modern times.

Are you insane?


Also, Rocharch's comeback is in the graphic novel. Finally, Snyder had to trim the movie down at the studio's demand, so obviously some stuff was left out, but there's a 3+ hour version coming out on DVD in a few months.
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Old Mar 10, 2009, 10:30 PM   #78
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Re: Watchmen

Can't wait for the extended Blu-Ray which should kick all kinds of ace that could make the movie better. I loved this movie, a wonderful adaptation of the greatest graphic novel ever! i loved the visuals, the violence, good acting and great storyline to it.

It's perhaps the next "Matrix".
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Old Mar 11, 2009, 10:13 AM   #79
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Re: Watchmen

Well I thought the movie was great, I'd read the novel, and I understood there were always going to be differences, but none so jarring that it made me feel either disappointed, or so completely different from the novel that it was a poorly ripped off piece of work. I went with my girlfriend who had never read the novel and knew almost next to nothing other than what your average movie-goer would. She loved it too. On a purely visceral level it was truly satisfying, as for Snyder's fetishistic attitude towards sex and violence, that didn't really come across to me. Ok ther's a lot of violence and PVC flying about all over the place, but come on........ they're Superheroes..... there's always PVC. In some ways it almost felt like a pay-off for me after all those years of seeing Michelle Pfeifer in that catsuit and never getting to see her get out of it!

As for the violence, I didn't think it was anything new particularly, don't get me wrong, I thought the choreography was superb, but violence is violence.

All in all, a very good movie, considering how it could've gone.
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Old Apr 2, 2009, 09:37 AM   #80
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Re: Watchmen

The opening credit sequence almost made me shed a few tears. It was... so beautiful. The rest of it was okey. I have several major issues with it, but (Snyder's signature cheesy slo-mo aside of course) I could hardly expect a much better adaptation of a basically unfilmable comic.
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Old Mar 3, 2010, 11:58 AM   #81
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Re: Watchmen

Well, there is an obit in the NYT today about an author who did acerbic stories, one of which is the watchmen. I did not read this but saw the Watchman movie which is not much. If you really wanted to see a good one for why super heroes retire, I admit I loved the Incredibles.
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Old Mar 3, 2010, 09:50 PM   #82
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Watchmen isn't really about "why superheros retire." It's about why the superhero mindset is absurd, unethical, unnecessary and untenable. The film did however manage to entirely miss the most important points of the comic, so I could see how one could come away from it with that impression.

You really should read some of Alan Moore's comics. The man is one of the great English language writers alive today. Watchmen (the comic) is ****ing brilliant- it examines the very problematic concept of the superhero in a way that is unsurpassed, and it was one of the first works to question some of the basic tropes and premises of the genre. It wasn't the first comic to handle real-world themes (Green Arrow's sidekick Speedy was a junkie in a 1971 story arc, for example) but it was the first great total deconstruction of the superhero archetype. Though watching that ****ty movie might have somewhat ruined the comic for you, it's still well worth reading. It's generally a good idea to read the source material before going to see an adaptation. Especially when the source material is an easily available comic book that you could easily finish in one day.

Most comics since the 80's can be seen as a direct (though albeit largely inept and muddled) response to Moore's early work. I loved The Incredibles too. But you really can't compare something (entertaining as it may be) as simplistic, and if you get right down to it cheerfully and uncritically (though probably unconsciously) elitist, authoritarian and eugenicist as The Incredibles to Watchmen.

Moore is alive and well by the way. So I am confused as to how you could have read his obituary.

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Old Mar 16, 2010, 04:13 AM   #83
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Re: Watchmen

I really wanted to see this film at the theater, but I just couldn't make it happen. I guess it was for the best because I was able to see the "director's cut" on DVD with additional scenes. I usually prefer director's cuts anyway.
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