Saturday, March 07, 2009

Never accuse me of consistency.

Saw WATCHMEN tonight. Decent enough flick, though it lost all subtlety in an all-out grab at working as an action movie. And yeah, it reveled in all the wrong stuff from the book (which is why this is my favourite review of the movie I've seen so far). As such, it reminded me of how so many comics in the period straight after Watchmen were also influenced by the wrong parts of it, by a superficial reading of it, rather than - like - y'know - being influenced by the ambition or intelligence of the work.

7 comments:

RAB said...

I haven't seen the movie yet but that one review is one fine piece of writing. I certainly know enough about Watchmen and about Boogie Nights (and about the obnoxious attitudes of the average cinema audience, for that matter) to say these points have the ring of truth. I won't be surprised if I find myself agreeing with it even more when I do see the film.

joe bloke said...

Much against my every expectation, I thought it was alright. It's not the comic, of course, but I really don't think it was too shoddy an effort. And, God help me, I thought the ending made a lot more sense than Squiddy.

Just sayin', is all.

Scaramanga said...

Yeah twas good, I actually agree that the ending made more sense when you consider the theme of the FILM.

Am I now to be burned alive?

Anonymous said...

Its never goona be the graphic novel
The film has time restraints and no matter who band rolls it, it aint gonna be the just version we want

However that aside, its a good attempt. I await the dvd cut that promises the side characters and the full scenes of Rorschach/doctor and Blue Man trip over mars

I would love Moore to step up and try his art in the film. I think there is so much more we could get

saudade said...

Saw it last night, and I really liked it. Casting was phenomenal.

WJC said...

I had no sense of 'movie pace' as I ticked my way through the book elements which where picture perfect which was a shame but I was pleased that I was totally satisfied with the changed ending and the film altogether.

He should have had a a go at Fantastic Four.

Mark said...

I reckon the failure of the FF movies mean the franchise is a little radioactive at the minute, but with all the talk going around of an FF reboot, they'd do well to pitch it a little more faithful, a little more retro. And get someone who knows how to photograph and light it - the first 2 looked like TV movies.