Friday, March 13, 2009

At the Movies: Watchmen

Liz and I finally got around to seeing Watchmen last night. We’d heard mixed reviews before entering the theater: It’s looks amazing, but it’s too long, not emotionally engaging, too true to the comic book in look and feel. And while those critiques proved somewhat true, I enjoyed the film way more than the haters would have me expect. Since everyone has already “reviewed” the movie, I’ll just give you some of my thoughts because I know that’s what you live for:

The Look: The film, as all Zack Snyder’s films do, looks amazing. I didn’t have a problem with it looking too much like the book at all. I thought it was a fantastic balance of comic book and cinema.

The Cast:

Jeffery Dean Morgan is great as the Comedian, Billy Crudup looks ridiculous (in a good way) as Dr. Manhattan (Liz and I discussed how much of his body was real and how much was CGI. I’m going with 50/50, but how much would it suck (or rock, perhaps) to have your junk enhanced for the big screen?), Patrick Wilson is dreamy (as always) as Night Owl, Malin Akerman shows off one hell of a wax job as Silk Specter (I’ve always like MA…going back to her hilariously sweet turn on The Comeback), and Jackie Early Haley is absolute perfection as the Rorschach. Gingers every where should be proud to claim him as one of our own. The only real disappointment is perhaps Mathew Goode as Ozymandias who is rather more forgettable than bad, I suppose.

My Favorite Parts:

The opening credits. Perfectly set the tone and mood and incorporated one of the greatest songs in history, Bob Dylan’s “The Times They are A’Changin’.” Really, the song choices throughout are pretty great…even if, as Garney noted after he saw the flick, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during the sex scene is a bit much.

Patrick Wilson’s ass.

Night Owl and Rorschach flying into Antarctica while “All Along the Watchtower” plays. This prompted me to turn to Liz and say, “Battlestar!!!” God, we’re nerds.

Rorschach kicking ass and bludgeoning people to death (what? I have a darkside.)

The new ending…which I think actually makes more sense than the ending in the book.

Really, the only thing I didn’t like was the length, but I don’t know what could have been cut…other than some of the overwrought dialogue. Overall, I’d recommend seeing Watchmen, if for no other reason than to be awed by the visuals. However, if your name is Falwless and you hate action/comic book movies, you should probably skip it.


Jon said...

You're right, that opening montage was awesome. Actually, I agree with everything here that's not related to seeing dude's asses. Very good review.

And thanks for the link too, btw. But why is the word "reviewed" in quotes? Is it because I live in a van down by the river? It is, isn't it.

red said...

Um, I don't know really. Maybe because it doesn't seem like a review if someone's not paying you for it, but mostly because I love to use arbitrary quote marks a la Sheila in Say Anything. No offense intended, sir.

Falwless said...

Thank god I have permission to skip this one. I don't think I could sit through it.

words words words said...

I suppose I will see it this weekend, but I'm not expecting much. I'm many kinds of nerd, but not the comic book kind. Even *I* think they're dorks. However, I do hold out some hope because I have heard that The Incredibles lifted some story elements, and I LOVE The Incredibles.

You are also one of many people I have seen say that the ending is better than the book. I'm glad there are still people out there who think a movie can do some things better than a book. Even if Alan Moore is not one of them.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

From what I read, Dr. Manhattan's "stethoscope" was all CGI. It wasn't that Billy Crudup wasn't all about standing naked in front of a camera dipped in blue paint, but apparently they decided to just go ahead and prosthetize that part for him.