Wednesday, November 12, 2008

About That WATCHMEN Movie...

I once wrote that I didn't want to see a Watchmen movie made, but after seeing some of the posters and stills from the upcoming Zack Snyder helmed Watchmen movie, well, I could be wrong... The movie looks slicker and faster-paced than the graphic novel, but it would have to be, if they hope to get the whole story in. I don't worry that a bad movie will ruin Watchmen; I'm right in the middle of re-reading it, and it holds up just fine twenty-three years later, but I'd like to see a well done movie, too, of course. The movie will be its own thing, and as a movie, it...actually looks pretty damned impressive:
















Of course, looking good is one thing, but will it be coherent? That remains to be seen. What do you folks think? I figure a Watchmen movie would probably get made sooner or later, and this one actually looks better than we had any reason to expect, so great! There was also once a much worse version in the works, apparently, so it sounds like we dodged a bullet. But hey, this is the Internet, so if you disagree, what are ya waitin' for, get to fuming impotently, already!





13 comments:

Booksteve said...

I am at once amazed by the visuals we're being spoon-fed and yet dreading that the story can't come together as a whole. I WILL see it...and it looks more promising than THE SPIRIT, about which I have similar thoughts. Time will tell.

Lubbert Das said...

The posters look great. I'm hopeful, but it really is hard for me to see anything past the comic.

Nice post.

Alex said...

I'm ambivalent about it. Watchmen is very clean, solid Alan Moore storytelling, but I've never been as wowed by it as many people I know. Among other things, it always annoyed me that it was viewed as 'the' deconstruction of superheroes when, you know, it has one and a half actual superheroes in it.

snell said...

Whatever else you can say about, Zack Snyder sure as hell is making an honest attempt to do it right. We'll find out in 4 months whether it succeeds or fails...but it's pretty clearly a labor of love for him, and not a quick cash-in, which counts for something.

Phillyradiogeek said...

I'm possibly the only person who considers himself a comic book fan who hasn't read it. I better get my act together and read it before this movie comes out, or it will likely be spoiled for me.

Sea_of_Green said...

I'm still withholding judgment until the movie is actually released.

Anonymous said...

I didn't think anyone would ever be able to do "V For Vendetta", either, but the Watchowskis did a credible job of walking the line between art and commerce. I'm thinking we might be in line for a similar job on "Watchmen". Of course, there'll be some quibbles over minor details (I'm thinking Night Owl looks a little too badass, for instance), but overall I'm feeling pretty hopeful. Just remember that movies and print are two completely different animals, so try to enjoy it for what it is and not for what the comic was.

joe bloke said...

I'm quietly cautious about the whole thing, sure, but no more or less than I am about ANY comic book movie. my only real misgiving is the supposedly altered ending ( apparently, cthulu-squiddy's been sacked, and Doc Manhattan's gonna take the fall ), but that's not the end of the world. the important thing is the spirit of the original, I reckon, and, so far, judging by the trailer and the posters, that seems pretty much solid. hey! could be worse! could be Frank Miller making it. . .

Avocet said...

I haven't read it either, Philly. Since I started collecting comics back in '78, I've been pretty much a mainstream Marvel and DC guy (with Star Trek and Star Wars on the side), not reading books that didn't fit into that continuity (I consider Marvel's Ultimate line to be a perversion of the "real" universe). I won't be going to see the movie, as I have no emotional stake in these characters.

Scratch said...

I have said, since Watchmen first came out,that it couldn't be filmed and do it justice. The bits we are seeing may prove me wrong.
I could pick apart the Schumacher costumes and the whole "alien ending" change, but I won't. I'll wait and see with fingers crossed. This isn't a property like Batman or Superman...they get one shot at this relatively obscure gem. I hope it works.

Anonymous said...

Hated the book-I've always said that TW is The Catcher In The Rye of graphic novels...the characters were predictable, utterly boring, but hey, I read it, because that's what you're 'supposed to do."

And that squid. Thankfully, that laughable thing seems to be removed from the movie. And this is the solution from the self-styled smartest guy in the room.

Moore can say what he wants-because he's probably getting money for it. oh, anyone notice the way the trailer is being marketed? TW is massively, horrendously dialogue heavy. Only one snippet of dialogue in the trailer. That's to draw you in, if you haven't read the comic, make you think it's an action movie. Unless 90 percent of the dialogue has been removed, bring a pillow for this snorefest.

Won't even bother to download it.

JP said...

I've got a couple of problems already with some of the promotional posters-- first and foremost being I object to Dr. Manhattan being clothed.

But more importantly, I have BIG problems with Laurie's pithy quote. Her quote is about being stupid, and being used to it-- and only makes sense if you've actually read Watchmen. Those new to Watchmen won't get that it really refers to her cynicism and disillusionment. Which is ultimately disappointing, as everyone else's quotes act as effective shorthand as to the rest of characters.

Also-- arm garters are stupid and serve no purpose.

Anonymous said...

I know that grammar advocates are often scorned, but here's one error I just can't overlook. The tagline for the Ozymandias poster says: "I just wish it wasn't this one." It should say: "I just wish it weren't this one." I wouldn't normally bother to point this out, but you'd think the smartest man in the world would speak correctly -- which he does in the graphic novel.