keskiviikko 11. maaliskuuta 2009

Who watches the WATCHMEN...

Well... I did. Last night.

My biggest concern regarding the movie was always how much they would be forced to leave out of it. And the answer is... not much. Snyder has managed to stuff most of the key elements from the comic into the movie with amazing accuracy and style... and more importantly, still manages to make a great movie instead of just a collage of scenes. That bein' said there still is enough stuff missing to make me wait the ultimate-absolutely-final-and-long-as-hell-directors-cut version on DVD.

I'm sure there's people who say that the movie doesn't have this or that and it's not true to the original graphic novel because this or that was changed into something else, but I think it was a DAMN fine interpretation of one of the greatest and most complex comicbooks ever done...

The cast of the movie is also great. Naturally the two leading sosiopaths (the Comedian and Rorschach) steal the show, but the whole cast is pretty much spot-on. The only character I would've done little bit differently was Ozymandias. In the original comic Ozzy seemed very emotional and empathic (even too emotional) whereas the Adrian Veidt of the movie is very calm and stoic and almost expressionless.

The WATCMEN is a great superhero movie for adults. It has violence and nudity (I was happy to discover that even a superhero can have a penis... which usually doesn't seem to be the case. In fact at some point I humoured myself thinking that the main reason for all the frustrated violence in the comics world was because, despite all the muscles and sexy looks and tight outfits, the people didn't have genitals... I know I would be pissed off!) but also a deeper level that provokes thoughts (about Malin Akerman in high heels... NO! No, don't... concentrate... CONCENTRATE!) about the human psyche and moral (YES! That's more like it!)

Also the soundtrack deserves to be mentioned. It really nails the movie to the historical time frame, subtly reminding the audience when everything takes place.

I loved the movie.


PS. There's no SPOILERS in the blog entry, but there's few in the comments, so consider yourself WARNED!!!!!!!!

3 kommenttia:

Maure kirjoitti...

thing I didn't love: they subtly altered Laurie's character so that instead of being the very-human, very-emotional foil to Manhattan, giving us a true sense of how distant he'd become from his original humanity, they made her a Strong Woman With Issues But Nevertheless A Strong Woman. I think this was partly to blame on Ackerman's acting, as well as the script, though. Laurie is an emotional rollercoaster. She's FREAKED OUT with the group sex. She's screaming and crying all the time. In the film, she's just annoyed. I think we lose some of that intended perspective, and it makes the film less emotional, I think. At least it did for me.

thing I did love: the music -- aren't the choices made because they're the songs from which the names of the chapters come? Stefan won't give me my copy back, so I can't check, but I noticed it with Sound of Silence and All Along the Watchtower.

Thing I just didn't get: Why'd they leave Ozy's cat in? It doesn't make contextual sense in the film, whereas in the book, it helps get you ready for the fact that he genetically engineered a GIANT ALIEN FREAKING SQUID to destroy the city. In the film, the cat (Bubastus? I haven't read this in like, ten years) kind of comes out of nowhere and is never explained.

Anyway, I thought it looked as close to perfect as could be, and the feeling was right. I really liked it, in a strongly contented way, but I didn't love it. My friend Than.E put it best, I think, when he said, having never read the book, "It feels like too much and not enough." But I do think it's the closest thing to the graphic novel possible on film.

Jouniac kirjoitti...

Hello Maure!

Thanks about the comments.

About Laurie: I see your point and pretty much agree... I guess I was just paying more attention to the sosiopaths.

About music: Ummm... don't know about chapter names (don't remember them), possibly true... I just loved to hear the "good old stuff" in a modern movie. Makes you remember that the movie didn't happen "present day".

About Bubastis (I think it was Bubastis): Agree. Weird little detail for anyone who doesn't know the comic, but I must confess I liked seeing it.

About the whole thing: Considering the fact that the Watchmen-by-Alan-Moore IS impossible to do as a film, I think Snyder&Co did really well... and I do love the movie... and wait for the DVD.


Kitty Cat kirjoitti...

I just saw WATCHMEN today and have had to keep blinders on, was in NYC when it came out, so couldn't go then (you really just don't do a movie in NYC unless FORCED)
i triple-quadruple loved it.
I was totally ok (and very happy!) about Bubastis.
MUST ADMIT, wanted some squid in my movie, but do understand the choice to can it. To blame it all on Big Blue Jon was kinda a struggle for me, but ok, anyway.
Nite Owl was splendid, and yes, I agree about Ozzy being not quite so available as in the book.
But geez, what a beautiful ride.
and ARCHIE! i was astounded by what they did with that travel ship.
yes yes yes to the DVD, gonna be spending hours with that thing.
(and i am not referring to Dr. Manhattan's "stuff")
LOVED THE COMEDIAN so so so so much.
my bad boy fetish.
thanks for the blog, Jouni.
we talk soon.