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Worthwhile Watchmen Tidbits

Today is opening day for one of the most anticipated films in Geek land. Here are a few Watchmen tidbits to hold you until you get a chance to see it.

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7 Comments on Worthwhile Watchmen Tidbits

  1. Weyland Yutani // March 6, 2009 at 1:52 am //

    So far, my favorite thing about Watchmen is the brand new trailer for Star Trek.  Wow.  I’m in love.

  2. SF Scope ran my review of Watchmen at http://sfscope.com/2009/03/contemplating-watchmen-1.html if you’re interested.

  3. Actually, that’s an interesting contrast there, WY. Watchmen will be as awseome as Star Trek: Lost will be teh suck. Almost completely, but not quite. 

    And Michael, I don’t see how anyone could give the film a 3 or 2 start rating. It’s either going to be a geekfest extraordinare, or a gore- and fetish-drenched in-joke, depending on the viewer.

    I’ll find out which it is for me tomorrow.

  4. Awesome links. Can’t wait to see WATCHMEN. I hope Ol’ Zack included the sex scene, and that it’s hot.

  5. Futurepunk // March 6, 2009 at 9:22 pm //

    Saw the Watchmen today. Sadly, I must concur with Alan Moore. It was not possible to truly capture in film.

     

    This is not to say it’s a bad piece of cinema, it has some truly spectacular sequences and some breath-taking editing. Rather, the emotional weight of the original did not return with my viewing.

     

    I found myself, like Dr. Manhattan, melancholy at my certainty of the future, knowing how every scene would play–I existed with him, in some sense outside of time, outside of the narrative, already understanding its progression and feeling somewhat overwhelmed by this prescience. Snyder made a faithful reproduction, that I do not question. Perhaps it was this very faithfulness that was its undoing for me.

     

    Those who have not read the comic will be in for a joyous experience, profound, moving, and sincere. But consider the sadness of Dr. Manhattan, and you will perhaps begin to grasp how a fan of the original has come to feel.

  6. @Futurepunk

    I guess you’ve never read a book or seen a movie twice then? 🙂 The Watchmen I saw wasn’t terribly joyous, but the profundity, movitude and sincerity were all still there for me. And the badassery.

  7. Futurepunk // March 9, 2009 at 11:58 am //

    “Those who have not read the comic will be in for a joyous experience, profound, moving, and sincere.”

    Got to diagree Futurepunk. I read a number of viewer comments about how boring it was. I suspect these were people who were expecting something different i.e. a superhero movie and/or actin flick. I greatly enjoyed it even though it was amazingly faithful to the original source, but it definately struck me as too smart and slow for the “average” viewer.

    I mean “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” is still in the Top 10! People who can enjoy such idiocy are not the audience for Watchmen.

    I see that Watchmen’s take this weekend was below expectations. I think the problem is simply it’s not for everyone and some potential audience members figured that out in advance.

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