Saturday, March 7, 2009

I watched "Watchmen"...

... yesterday, along with my daughter (home from school for a brief visit), and enjoyed it a lot. While there were a couple of scenes which seemed to either go on too long or just felt a bit superfluous, and some really unnecessary (in my opinion) over-the-top bits of violence, as a whole it was extremely entertaining. It certainly held my attention for the entire two hours and forty-three minutes. It's quite a beautiful-looking movie, with some great performances and memorable characters.

I purposely held off re-reading "Watchmen" before seeing the movie (the last time I read it was when the original comics came out), and with that caveat, I think it was a fine adaptation. Now I'm planning to read the graphic novel and see if the film left out -- or added -- anything substantial. And I'll probably go to see the film again after that. -- PL

7 comments:

Andrew J said...

Yeah, I was trying to figure out why one would choose to insert so much graphic violence in there. Was it to make a point about violence? Was it to "show you're an adult" and get an R rating?

I think in the end it was just a preference by the director. The handling of violence seemed to match the offerings in Dawn of the Dead and 300. Still seemed to interrupt the movie for me, but whatever.

Summer said...

I didn't know the film was over 2 hours. I'm planning to see it this week. I'll make sure to hold off on the water or soda beforehand. I'm looking forward to seeing it. I've heard good things about it from my friends.

Nick Nitro said...

*may be a spoiler listed below, I apologize in advance*
the movie definately left me like I did when I read the graphic novel. It was amazing, but I felt empty a bit. I'm hoping tonight or tomorrow morning, I will see it again, and get a better sense of the film itself, not me seeing the graphic novel.

I also had, at the midnight showing, the first bad showing in about 5 years, these two 'comic book guys' around 30-40 years old, laughing at Dr. Manhattan's junk.
I don't love crowds but midnight showings are usually very dead on with the core audience and has a great feelign usually. Like when I saw Spider-man or Dark Knight, everyone was on the same page, laughter, gasps, bad-ass moments where everyone clapped, etc. The midnight watchmen showing tho, it was awkward, so I also was trying severely to focus on the film while the hyenas behind me laughed at any little thing.

My only real complaint that I noticed without heckle and jeckle behind me was that the music fit the film, but it felt, edited into the scenes, sorta disjointed with the rest of the film.

did you feel that way too Pete? And what about your daughter? Was she a fan of watchmen or was she fresh to the expierence overall and if so, and what were her thoughts? My dad was fresh to it, and was engrossed in the universe despite being a bit lost at first. My friend, also fresh to the universe, felt 'okay' by it, but wasn't moved like Dark Knight.

PL said...

Blogger Nick Nitro said...

My only real complaint that I noticed without heckle and jeckle behind me was that the music fit the film, but it felt, edited into the scenes, sorta disjointed with the rest of the film.

did you feel that way too Pete? And what about your daughter? Was she a fan of watchmen or was she fresh to the expierence overall and if so, and what were her thoughts? My dad was fresh to it, and was engrossed in the universe despite being a bit lost at first. My friend, also fresh to the universe, felt 'okay' by it, but wasn't moved like Dark Knight."

Sorry to hear about your experience with the noisy idiots -- it's amazing to me how many people still do that in theaters.

I enjoyed the music (probably partly due to the fact that it is the music of my youth).

My daughter and I did not have much chance to discuss the film, as she left right after to meet some friends in Boston, but perhaps we can talk about it more today when I drive her to the airport. I will say that I was impressed by the fact that, before she came home for this visit, she had purchased the "Watchmen" graphic novel and had read most of it by the time we saw the film. -- PL

Nick Nitro said...

Peter,

I got a chance to view it again, because I wanted to give it a good fair shot.

Overall, it was a good film. The music, which I do love the music featured in there, (my dad's big bands that I would always listen and thus grow up with were Styx, Crosby, Stills & Nash & Young, and Simon & Garfunkle) actually seemed to fit and flow well this go around. (Tho halleluijah[sp?] in that *particular* scene felt still, a bit cheesy ultimately).

That is very impressive in terms of reading watchmen!

I've just been curious tho as usually comic book fans come out saying the film is good but not great, prolly the best we could of gotten from the watchmen if made into a film, and then people who never read it are either in the "I hate it" or "I love it" categories, so it's a very split demographic, so it's very interesting to me to see people's reactions.

Sarah The Anime Librarian said...

I haven't seen it yet. I had a dinner theater show I was in and then 4 teeth pulled this weekend and was pretty much useless after that. Hoping to go next weekend.

WHITEHAWK said...

I am looking forward to seeing this film. I read a bit of the graphic novel of Watchmen and thought it was good. I really enjoyed Dawn of the Dead though 300 was very bad (though it didn't have much to work with seeing as he did it as a legend hyper-real style story anyway - when films about history aren't accurate it irks me).

Chris Nolan def is a much better director. Maybe my opinion may change after seeing Watchmen though I doubt it.