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March 6th, 2009


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2009.0306.1547::Spoiler-free Watchmen Review (and a meme)
Watchmen succeeds in capturing the main plotline of the comic, and there are some lovely sequences where Snyder emulates the slow-paced pull-out that Moore and Gibbons created when introducing a new issue. You can tell that Snyder used the comic as storyboards, using the art to set up angles and shots. There's a bit of over-exposition in a couple of places, where the script has characters Legolas the plot points. The guy playing Ozymandias is at times so soft-spoken and wooden, it robs his particular scenes of power--Ozymandias is supposed to be cool and emotionless for the majority of the plot, but there are a couple of scenes in the books where he emotes more, and I didn't really see any of that in the movie. I would have preferred an older, more mature actor in the role.

Pacing was odd--for a three-hour movie, it flowed pretty well, but emulating the comic in plot and focus gave the movie a certain meandering quality, pointing the audience in different directions as to who to empathize with or pay attention to. Not a problem during a 12-issue comic series, but an issue for a largely single-threaded movie. Part of me thinks this would have worked a great deal better as a television mini-series.

There were some changes to the ending that I would have preferred unchanged. I'm not talking about THE BIG THING, but the epilogue. I think the changes undermine some of the themes of Watchmen, but for the most part, I thought the movie a very, very good adaptation of the comic.

Incidentally, for those of you who haven't read the comic, both the movie and the source are very, very dark and violent. You have been warned.

As I've twittered way too many times, "3 out of 4 'HURM's."

And now, a tagged meme (from Jeremy):

Five names you go by:

1. James
2. Ming
3. Jimmy
4. Ji-Ming
5. Dah-Toh

Three things you are wearing right now:

1. Boots
2. Rings
3. Boxer Briefs

Two things you want very badly at the moment:

1. Someone I have lost.
2. To find any manner of joy in life.

Two people who will probably fill this out:

1. Kara
2. Don't know who else.

Two things you did last night:

1. Committed the classic blunder of trusting the Non-Asian when Math was on the line.
2. Saw Watchmen

Two things you ate today:

1. Trader Joe's Butter Chicken
2. An Orange Dream from Sublime Donuts.

Two people you last talked to on the phone:

1. Dad
2. Ben

Two things you are going to do tomorrow:

1. See Watchmen again.
2. Go to Mark's birthday party.

Two longest car rides:

1. Dallas, TX to Gainesville, FL
2. Miami, FL to New York, NY

Two of your favorite beverages:

1. Tropicana Pure Premium
2. Water

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