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Who watches the Watchmen?




Turns out, I do. So only one of you probably knows what this will be vaguely about, and might care just a tad. or not, but I digress. So I finally saw the watchmen movie, and I must say, I was mostly pleased with the way it turned out. Casting was pretty good. They all looked about right, and mannerisms were mostly down as well. The comedian might have been able to be better, but maybe not.

Only real disappointments that weren't too big anyways were....

1) the mars scenes. The first part with his flashbacks was mostly decent, but the second part with laurie I felt was lacking and didn't have the same impact that the book had for that part. And the whole relativity of time thing didn't really come through. As in the book, I really liked that "4 seconds ago, this happened. 2 minutes ahead, this. and then the photograph drops" section, which really didn't show up.

2) the giant squid octopus psychic alien brainwave killer blast thing. I understand that without the whole extra sections of articles and other little parts about development of the monstrosity, no one would know what was going if they hadn't read the book, which mainstream audiences would have not expected to have done, but I feel that it was far more effective than the "Doc Manhattan gone evil" routine, even if it had the same result.

But besides that, and pardon the most likely difficult comprehension of this piece, not too many complaints. And the Nite Owl certainly did git 'er done.
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Post on Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:55 am by J-Mads

I didn't mind the changed ending at all, but a couple things bothered me. The book Watchmen really aren't superheroes (except Dr. Manhattan and, imo, Ozymandias) at all, but in the movie they all can destroy like a dozen people at once.

I also thought Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II were poorly acted, but it was made up for by how good Rorscach and Dr. Manhattan were.

Overall, I do like the movie a lot, but not as much as the film version of V for Vendetta.

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Post on Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:17 am by AgentW

talking about changed things. when Rorschach stopped being kovacs, due to the murdered little girl, didn't he just lock the guy to the stove and burned the place down? Thinking upon that, I felt that better showed Rorschach as an impersonal killer. He saw that the law wouldn't do enough, so he let the fire do it. But in the movie, he just took a cleaver and chopped the guy up a bit.


and how does ozymandias count as a superhero for you?

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Post on Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:48 pm by J-Mads

Smartest man in the world is enough for me to call him a superhero, but he's also one of the world's best gymnists in the book.

In the book, Rorscach chains the guy to the stove, gives him a hacksaw, and then lights the place on fire. It's really just Saw, even though Alan Moore had it first, but they probably worried that it would feel stolen. There is someone who gets hacked to death in the book I think, but it's in someone that got cut from the movie, so I guess they combined the two.

One of my favorite things about the book is that even though Rorscach's a total badass, he gets caught because he breaks his ankle on a two story fall. I love how real that is, because it's exactly what would happen. In the movie he gets up and a dozen dudes have to drag him down. I just didn't like how SUPER everyone was.

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Post on Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:16 pm by AgentW

true. like when silk spectre and nite owl are going to (hollis's?) and they get jumped, and they fight like 30 something guys. I understood them kicking the butt of the 7 or so guys in the book, but that fight was a bit excessive.

and I agree with Rorschach capture. The house scene was pretty bad ass with the fire and the grapple like the book, but the who tackling business was way over extended.

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