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:
Three things you are wearing right now:
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:
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:
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