Watchmen (film)
By Zach Patterson Monday, 9 Mar 2009

As I walked out of Watchmen on Friday night, I couldn’t help but smile when the teenagers in front of me loudly remarked “Wow, worst movie ever. What the fuck was that even about?” There’s something comforting knowing that the movie stayed true to the graphic novel, and it wasn’t diluted to something the common stupid teenager would mindlessly love. As the comics are, Watchmen is a dense movie packed with a lot of impressive sights and fascinating moral questions that still ring controversial to this day. While I did feel there were some issues, it’s a miracle this even got filmed at all, and that it turned out as well as it did. Last week Jon went over the basic plot to Watchmen, order viagra online so I’m not going to reiterate. Instead, I want to start with what I did not like, because while I thought this movie was really well done, I think there were some things that were excessive and not needed, and even slightly detracted from the focus of the movie. First and foremost, I think the pfizer viagra online violence was a little over the top. I’m by no means a prude when it comes to violent movies, and the graphic novel has its share of violence and violent acts, but it never gets too gruesome or anything. However, director Zack Snyder, known for his manly bloody gruesome movies like the Dawn of the Dead remake and 300, applies some of his same tendencies here. At times, it seemed like downright overindulgence to add more violence and snapping bones and buckets of blood to scenes like the Nite Owl/Silk Spectre alley fight, the Comedian death scene, and the prison break scene. The gore didn’t really have a point other than to be “edgy” and I’m of the opinion that if it doesn’t serve a point and if it isn’t crucial to the source material, it shouldn’t be there. The audience doesn’t need to be shocked to attention every 20 mins. This also goes along with it a bit, but I’m already tired of Snyder’s fight scene cliches. Every punch in every fight seems to be normal speed->slowmo->speed up in order to make it “more intense”. Bleh. It’s a cheap effect and he overused it in 300 and uses it too much here too. Additionally, I think the sex scene in Archimedes was a bit too drawn out and almost uncomfortable to a point. I mean, look, I don’t have a problem with sex on screen as long as it is tastefully done, and I think a bit of this was hard to take seriously. I mean, it nearly devolved into soft core late night Cinemax stuff here, as you got the thrusting, the grunting, multiple positions, orgasm, etc. The comics had that scene as a scant few panels and actually put a bit more reference as to why it happened, and the film it just kinda happens. And really, for a film you are marketing to a young adult crowd, a sex scene this long is just asking for the audience to laugh and start getting hooting and obnoxious comments. I don’t think they kept their full audience in mind for that. The other issue that bothered me was one that probably couldn’t be avoided, but it still should be commented on. Watchmen in comics form is a long, sprawling, occasionally meandering, but masterfully written murder mystery and action adventure tale. One of best, no doubt. It slowly unravels and the end kind of comes as a great shock. Here, stuff justed need to be cut for film purposes, and I am okay with that. But the pacing of the film seems like it’s in “hurry up!” mode for most of it. Instead of slowly getting into the story and the characters, the movie really bombards you with informations and backstories in rapid fire succession. While you can certainly get most of it in one viewing, it does give the story a different feel, and I felt like I needed to see the movie again after I just watched it just to get a better feel for how I felt about it. I wasn’t sure if some of the deeper meanings and plot lines really came across as well as they could have or if it was meant to be pretty subtle and discovered on later viewings (like the significance of the final scene where they find Rorschach’s journal…that’s just not a minor note at the end, that has huge ramifications to the ending of the movie, and I think the novel made it seem like a much more significant thing that the movie). I had some other small issues too, but they are likely more me nitpicking than anything. I think some scenes should have been added to give more backstory, such as more of Adrian’s history, Rorschach and his mask’s origin, Adrian and Manhattan’s project and the Antarctic compound, introducing Bubastis, and in general, I felt like a couple one sentence transitions would have made parts of the film a lot more coherent. As it was, it was a little jumpy, sometimes intentionally like the Manhattan parts, sometimes not, like the funeral scene. Now that I have most of my issues out of the way, I have to say this was a damn accurate movie. It follows the books nearly religiously and smartly changes the plot only when necessary. The big reveal and canadian pharmacy evaluating exam books climax at the end still has the same impact, but because they removed a big subplot from the comics, it was changed, but in a way that still worked without coming out of nowhere. And frankly, I don’t think the comic ending would have worked all that well on screen. But the same moral repercussions and questions still linger as they did in the comic, and it is a story that will provoke discussion, same as it did when it was originally released. While I was impressed they kept the story together (nearly word for word at some parts), the casting here has to be applauded. They didn’t just do a decent job, like say, X-Men, where they nailed a few characters and a couple others seemed serviceable or ill-fitting. I mean, these actors ARE the characters from the book. It’s almost scary to see Nite Owl II, Comedian, Rorschach, Silk Spectre II, Dr Manhattan and others as actual moving actors (I feel Ozymandias was changed a bit too much, personally, since the comic version was a buff Olympic gymnast and the movie’s was kind of a wiry businessman, but they made it work and it was something I could look past, even if I felt they ignored his character a bit too much). The acting, the cinematography, the wardrobe, everything worked with this casting. In an adaptation of a comic that was, in large part, a character study, they do a remarkable job breathing life into characters that the casual audience has never heard of (as opposed to a Batman or a Spider-Man) and make them care and feel for these guys. They aren’t just conflicted super-heroes…well cialis covered by insurance aside from Dr Manhattan, they aren’t superheroes at all really. They are just people, and the movie portrayed that

well I thought. What I really liked about the movie is that it brought 90% of the comic to life and turned it into a big movie spectacle without tearing the heart out of the source generic viagra online material. For the shit I gave Snyder earlier, he really embraced this project and made sure it didn’t become a Batman and Robin fiasco. He kept the original 1985 setting with third term Nixon and the Russians, he kept the controversial scenes like the attempted rape, he didn’t water down heavy scenes like Rorschach’s first case and final confrontation between Manhattan and Rorschach. Much like Rorschach, Snyder didn’t compromise what he thought was right for this, and it is the single reason this ended up being a great movie. And in the end, this is a great movie. it brought these great characters to a new generation of people that otherwise might have never read the graphic novel. Rorschach, Dr Manhattan, Comedian, Nite Owl…all these memorable characters were brought to life with great acting and likenesses and a strict adherence to the source material. As I said earlier, it’s a small miracle this actually got filmed, and amazing that it wasn’t a trainwreck. That it turned out as a faithful, great adaptation of the most heralded comic series of all time is reason enough to see it. No, it isn’t perfect, as I elaborated on to start this review, but this is as good as a movie version will get. Read the graphic novel. See the movie. Do both. The graphic novel is still better, but the movie is completely worth it too.

7 Responses to “Watchmen (film)”

  1. Andrew Raub Says:

    Pretty much agree with everything you say. Haven’t read the graphic novel, but it still appealed to me.

  2. f.poopsmell Says:

    Really? The sex scene and violence were too much? The sex scene was supremely passionate, and, as stated in my preview, I was waiting for those Malin Ackerman titties. And I loved, loved, loved when Rorschack dumped the hot oil on that prisoner: “I’m not trapped in here with you. YOU’RE TRAPPED IN HERE WITH ME!”

  3. jer Says:

    All this talk of sex and gratuitous violence makes me want to see this even more.

  4. Zach Patterson Says:

    the hot oil part was fine, i think snyder just tried to make things too edgy at other times and it distracted from the movie itself. most people walking out of the movie were talking about the sex scene, or manhattan’s wang, or one of the bloody fight scenes. that stuff shouldn’t have ended up as the standout scenes to casual joe moviegoer.

  5. weener Says:

    I really enjoyed the movie, but I had heard so much about Doc Manhattan’s penis that I was hoping to see more of it. I was expecting a big close-up of blue cock and was disappointed that I didn’t get a better look at it.

  6. Zach Patterson Says:

    that wang didn’t feel real enough to me either.

  7. jer Says:

    I finally saw this over the weekend and thought it was fantastic. The sex scene didn’t bother me at all (it was pretty hot), but I thought the fight scenes were a little over the top. And like you guys said, I don’t think Dr. Manhattan’s junk deserved all the hype it was getting.

    I thought overall the movie stayed true to the source material, which was awesome. I had a good conversation with fungus poopsmell afterward about the changes they did make from the graphic novel and how we thought most of them were welcome. In particular, I liked Ozy’s plan to frame Dr. M way more than the alien plot from the book. Great fucking movie.

    Never compromise, even in the face of Armageddon.

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