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Bigfella
08 Mar 09,, 10:46
Just went to see 'Watchmen'. I haven't read the graphic novel, so I had no preconcieved ideas apart from what I have seen in the media.

I LOVED it. Great story, great visuals, GREAT use of music (bastards didn't include '99 Luftballoons' on the soundtrack CD :mad:). Loved the dark alternate reality & even loved the virtually caricatured representations of figures like Nixon - it all worked pretty well for me.

This will be one to re-watch on DVD methinks. It will bear repeated viewing.

Anyone else seen it? Thoughts?

bolo121
08 Mar 09,, 11:46
Well I was blown away by the graphic novel back in the day.
It will have to be pretty damn good to achieve even half of the effect of the book.

Mobbme
09 Mar 09,, 12:43
Just went to see 'Watchmen'. I haven't read the graphic novel, so I had no preconcieved ideas apart from what I have seen in the media.

I LOVED it. Great story, great visuals, GREAT use of music (bastards didn't include '99 Luftballoons' on the soundtrack CD :mad:). Loved the dark alternate reality & even loved the virtually caricatured representations of figures like Nixon - it all worked pretty well for me.

This will be one to re-watch on DVD methinks. It will bear repeated viewing.

Anyone else seen it? Thoughts?

Will just have to go and watch it now :)

I enjoyed Twilight; I didn't read the novel. I think whenever people read the novel beforehand, they have too many expectations. I think its better to forge the novel all together and just enjoy the film THEN decide if it was good or not.

Bigfella
09 Mar 09,, 12:48
Will just have to go and watch it now :)

I enjoyed Twilight; I didn't read the novel. I think whenever people read the novel beforehand, they have too many expectations. I think its better to forge the novel all together and just enjoy the film THEN decide if it was good or not.


Agreed. A film can only ever capture part of a novel. A good film will capture the essence & mood. Reading afterward is a good idea.

No doubt this film has had to leave out a great deal, but it stands up in its own right, which is all you can really ask.

Enjoy.

crooks
09 Mar 09,, 20:11
Saw it yesterday and was pleasantly surprised - fair play to Zack Snyder, he's possibly the first director who adopted a literary work (LOTR was as well, I suppose) and made it for the hardcore fans, not the mass market.

Brilliantly realised, great acting (Ozymandias, Doc Manhattan and Rorschlach in particular), and most of all uncompromised (160 something minutes, excluding the Black freighter!).

Very solid film, it won't do well amongst casual goers, but all the better because of it.

Doomarias
09 Mar 09,, 21:29
Was awesome, though i didn't like the change in technology. In the book electric everything was already available to everyone and there wasn't the whole oil is evil message that they shoehorned in. The end change actually worked though.

antimony
10 Mar 09,, 00:17
Agreed. A film can only ever capture part of a novel. A good film will capture the essence & mood. Reading afterward is a good idea.

No doubt this film has had to leave out a great deal, but it stands up in its own right, which is all you can really ask.

Enjoy.

I would disagree; I think in some cases the film version works out better than the written form.

I think the LOTR trilogy is a good example. Though the books are awesome, they are really too long for the average reader, and the movies did a real good job without sacrificing the story, unlike the Harry Potter written and film versions.

Of course, this is a rare occurrence

YellowFever
10 Mar 09,, 02:17
The movie was just o.k.
The comicbook was awesome.

Wasn't expecting much but it turned out better than I expected.
Took my wife with me and she was looking for a bang bang fights galore with alot of special effects like the average comicbook movie but she came out of the theater a little dissapointed.
I told her this was not that kind of movie in which she retorted, "Then why did the show all those fight scenes in the trailers?"
I didn't have a decent answer for her. :)

Alot was left out.
All those little subtle things that made the novel so great for me was left on the cutting floor, probably due to time constraints but I wished they'd kept the little exchanges betwen the news vendor and the young kid at the news stand.
All they have now is about 5 seconds of air time at the end.
This was probably done because, as I knew before, there was no way they could've gotten into the 'Black Freight' storyline and that would've just killed the movie.

Dislikes:

As someone pointed out, Snyder injected too much subtle "oil is bad" and "environment needs to be saved" messages into the storyline and that was not needed.

The chick that played Slik Spectre ll was pure eyecandy but she couldn't act worth a damn..lol.

The Frontier characters had a slightly bigger role in the graphic novel and they should have been fleshed out in the film.
It would have played a bigger impact in the final scene where Seymore reaches for Rorschach's journel when his boss let's him choose a filler for his magazine.

That entire scene on Mars sucked...LoL.

Minor irritants.

All in all a decent job of adoptation into the big screen.

ArmchairGeneral
10 Mar 09,, 03:51
I would disagree; I think in some cases the film version works out better than the written form.

I think the LOTR trilogy is a good example. Though the books are awesome, they are really too long for the average reader, and the movies did a real good job without sacrificing the story...

Blasphemer. :mad:

LetsTalk
11 Mar 09,, 06:15
I will try to catch it. It looks different and I like different usually when it comes to movies.

Enterpriser
11 Mar 09,, 09:07
Couldn't the good Doc have PANTS? Or at least something other than a male stripper's thong? Was so much camera time for the "li'l fella" really necessary?

Brett.

snowhole
11 Mar 09,, 22:46
That's part of why it's rated 18... And he's something beyond human already, why would he wear pants anyway.

For me the best thing in this film is the selection of music.

antimony
11 Mar 09,, 23:17
Blasphemer. :mad:

Come on, admit it, you enjoyed the movies

Steamer
12 Mar 09,, 19:10
Must give this a look see when it appears, bit of a Marvel comics and all that stuff, fan

Steezy
12 Mar 09,, 20:22
Never read the books or anything, but I liked this film. Sometimes it felt like it was trying too hard to give the dark/grainy/badass effect but it still pulled it off well. One gripe is that apart from Dr.Manhattan, the rest aren't really super heroes at all.....they just fight good.