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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
What Happened To The American Dream? You're Looking At It!
Ugh...I tried. I have to admit that some of our reveiws can be so informative in stressing the precision of our opinion that a person can go cross-eyed reading them.
Yes, I read Watchmen when it came out in the 1980's.I also owned a copy long before I knew they were going to make a movie. And I have been involved in reading, collecting, buying and selling comics for 30 of my 49 years. Does this mean that I have a informed opinion....????
And how about how difficult it is to interpret certain literary classics to screen? Does this mean that they should never be attempted? I would rather see an honest effort fall short than for it to never be attempted. Personally I have no problem digesting it and moving on.
Ask yourself which DUNE rendition you liked, the movie or the mini-series? Or which THE SHINING you liked, the J. Nickleson one or the Steven King produced mini-series. How about THE STAND, was this junk, and the LOTR's that could "never be filmed"....seemed like an excellant adaption to me.
So as I said, I really loved this movie. I also enjoyed the comic-DVD and the Black Freighter DVD. They all were great fun in there own ways. Ok I'm done. Time to go back to double-shifts and helping raise 4 kids. Enjoy!
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4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
Aimed for the stars, landed in a huge pile of disappointing mediocrity
How do you take one of the greatest comic book stories ever told, and reduce it to a meandering, claustrophobic, flashy, soul-less husk? Ask Zack Snyder. Admittedly, the opening montage was pretty phenomenal. And Rorschach was pretty per...
How do you take one of the greatest comic book stories ever told, and reduce it to a meandering, claustrophobic, flashy, soul-less husk? Ask Zack Snyder. Admittedly, the opening montage was pretty phenomenal. And Rorschach was pretty perfect. Beyond that, the movie stripped away almost everything I loved about the graphic novel and replaced it with this showy garbage. Case in point: the ending. Going in to this, I knew there was no squid. I knew that they removed it in order to make it more "accessible" (something which I don't understand, considered a giant NAKED blue man is in almost every shot, but not a squid. That makes no sense). What we get instead, is a messy, poorly thought out conclusion, which doesnt serve the purpose. What purpose is that? Well the squid, in the novel, was supposed to show an OUTSIDE threat. Something that would get the US and Soviet Union to unite against a common front. This made sense. The same happens in the movie, but for an entirely different reason. You see, Doc Manhattan was always publicised as the AMERICAN Superman. So lets say China has a superpowered guy that does all their dirty work. And lets say that one day he snaps and blows up not only Hong Kong, but New York. I don't know about you, but I'm still going to be ticked off at China. It's THEIR "weapon." It's THEIR fault. But, whatever. That's just the ending, right? The rest of it is so perfect, right? Wrong. There are many other scenes that miss the mark completely. Sally bringing Dan to see her mother at the end. "I love you too, Mom." What the hell is that? How about that awkwardly long sex scene, with the sickeningly embarrasing climax imagery? Degrades the scene to frat comedy level. How about the music? Can't forget the music. I could be wrong (I'm not), but I doubt Alan Moore used the quotes/lyrics to end each chapter as a Stephanie Meyer-ian "soundtrack" to the book. It was not an excuse to use those EXACT songs in the movie. They didnt fit. At all. Then again, they fit better than that My Chemical Romance garbage that played throughout the credits. What I don't get is how the trailers, the stinkin TRAILERS used good music, but the movie gets a horrible mashup of Tyler Bates, Phillip Glass (though awesome), and random classic rock staples. The most irritating was the constrained cinematography. Look, I know that Snyder became an uber-success story with 300 (another shallow piece of eye candy, but at least the source material was the same). But his panel-to-screen adaptations give the movie a shoebox feel. Like the actors/characters are rats, and they're running around in this wholly confined space. You need to let the scenes BREATH. Did it look like the comic? Sure (except for those horrible costumes). But that isnt the point. The art was never what made Watchmen. It was the story, the characters, the sense of urgency. This movie felt like a group of faithfully adapted scenes, not a faithfully adapted piece as a whole. The problem is, the film had potential. You could see it, but somewhere along the line it faltered. It isnt bad. It isnt Elektra. But at least you sort of KNEW Elektra would fail. It was so bad that you could write it off. This movie left me indifferent, and sometimes that's far worse than being flat out horrible.
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Posted October 1, 2010
Way too long, way too convoluted
I understand all of the hype behind Watchmen, and I must say I was excited to see it after seeing the trailer for it. I never read the graphic novel, nor do I plan to, so that may have had something to do with my distaste for this. However, this is not to say I dislike comic book movies. I loved Batman Begins and The Dark Knight as well as V For Vendetta (also an Alan Moore graphic novel before becoming a feature film); I loved them because they were well constructed and had great dialog. Watchmen had neither of these. The plot seemed to plod along, the dialog was amateur at best and the characters never seemed real. I could never get a feeling that they deserved my empathy. Add this to what I consider to be the most awkward sex scene in recent memory and you've got yourself a stinker.
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Posted October 1, 2010
this is not worth the money
if i wanted to see a soft porn, i would have turned on a cable channel that puts on soft porn. it was three hours worth of nothing! the only redeeming qualities were Dr. Manhattan and Roschack characters. the visuals were excellent, but other than that it is not worth buying or renting.
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