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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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Caught Watchmen on IMAX over the weekend - of course - and I loved it.  I simply could not believe how faithful the flick is to the source material... I mean, when I saw the first teaser attached to The Dark Knight last year, I know I recognized multiple scenes pulls right form the book, but wow, Zak Snyder pretty much translated the page to the screen (as much as he could over course).

Of course, the big bitch that will come from fanboys will be the change in the ending.  But you know what: I (and Night Nurse, who just finished reading the trade paperback a few days before) think that this ending works even better than the book.  The book's threat is all made up, and something that the rest of the world has to watch and suspend disbelief for - as well as experience secondhand.  The movie's threat is actually something that the entire world can understand and comprehend.  Overall, I liked it.  Also, FYI, my non-geek wife actually told me afterwards she caught the Squid anyway in an acronym on the computer... I missed it!  My wife has surpassed me in picking up geekdom minutia.

Acting-wise, I found Jackie Earl Haley as Rorschach (and more importantly, Walter) to be spot on.  The entire prison scene was awesome.  I didn't really know Patrick Wilson from anything but he treated Nite-Owl pretty much how I always pictured it... disappointed that the "impotent" line didn't make it into the flick, though.  Malin Ackerman... eh, she was okay, just think she got the short end when it came to character... the book had much more of a defeated tone to her.  Jeffrey Dean Morgan was spot on as The Comedian, and I was happy they were able to give him such a big part.  Matthew Goode exuded self-righteousness quite well as Adrian, however I think a better actor could have done better.  And Crudup as Dr. Manhattan... well, when you need a great voice, go with MasterCard.

I'm giving the flick 4.5 out of 5 Stars, mainly because I think it was hampered in the music department.  There's no solid score recognizable throughout, and while some of the soundtrack was pitch-perfect (The Times They Are A-Changin' and Sounds of Silence were great!), some were downright laughable (especially Hallelujah for the gratuitous - but admittedly book-loyal - sex scene).

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As a fairly rabid fan of the books, I wasn't bothered by the lack of calamari.

I have to say I felt the biggest problem was that this was supposed to be a world without super powers (barring the obvious exception) and yet the fight scenes were insanely comic-booky.

This annoyed me more than anything else in the movie, and kept dragging me out of the scene. The movie could have been improved a great deal IMO, by making smarter choices like that.

Ultimately very disappointing, though the best version of a Watchmen movie that would ever come out of the studio system.

By Anonymous Manchild, at 3/11/2009 1:19 AM  


I do agree with the "female punches pulverizing bones" action scenes were a tad annoying, but that's Zak being Zak. Did have a bit of a Daredevil feel... but I liked Daredevil, too.

By Blogger Holz, at 3/11/2009 11:12 AM  


Just got back from seeing the movie, I thought it was fantastic. Wish they could have had more of the newstand's people involved, but I liked the movie's ending much better. I absolutely liked where they were going with the book's end, I just thought the ol' squid was an awkward way to get there. And Rorschach was dead on, what a great character.

Jay

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/19/2009 8:43 PM  


The finale of Galactica is on tonight, and as a resident of the East Coast, I'll be seeing it before you. I am therefore better than you. I'll be enjoying it with cheesesteak and a Yuengling. I'm gonna make a scrapple and Tastykake sandwich as well. How many spoilers do you want me to post on your site?

Jay

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/20/2009 4:21 PM  


I am going to do a running tweeter commentary directed solely at Holz revealing all the action as it happens Eastern Standard Time. I will also be in a threesome with Athena, Caprica Six, and Starbuck at the same time, because I am awesome and you can all suck it.

-Chris

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/20/2009 5:21 PM  


I also just learned that NJ has banned Brazilian waxes. Sorry Jason, it looks like plans to get a spring clean up tomorrow in Atlantic City have been dashed.

-Chris

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You are also old, and you smell. (This is directed soley at Jason)

-Chris

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Ha Chris, I have you beat! I am going to have a tryst with the Admiral, Baltar, and the lawyer who wears sunglasses at night. Just the thought of Admiral Adama's cheesegrater cheeks rubbing against my inner thighs is enough to make my Viper launch prematurely.

Jay

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