A couple of quick things this evening. I just came back from seeing Watchmen and I'm still kind of processing that. My initial impression is that it is an excellent adaptation, but I'm not sure that makes it a great movie. I think the main problem would be the flashbacks, which work tremendously well in the comic, but I think kind of kill the momentum of the movie. The story is never really propelled forward because so much time is trying to fill in all the characters' back stories.
Alan Moore works that to amazing effect in the comic. I'm not sure how you do it for a movie. Maybe it's not possible. I can understand it no problem because I've read the comic 100 times. But for the average film viewer....
Other likes and dislikes:
1. The opening credit sequence truly is a work of art.
2. The actors for Dr. Manhattan, the Comedian and Rorschach are truly wonderful. The actors for Silk Spectre, Nite Owl and Ozymandias were really awful.
3. Wow, that was a lot more violent than the comic.
4. Insert giant blue penis joke here.
5. Putting Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" as the music for a sex scene was a bad joke batted around the writers room that never should have made it to the big screen.
6. I didn't mind the change in the ending. It wobbled a bit, but mostly held up. Certainly I think audiences would buy it more than the giant squid (read the comic to understand).
I'm sure I'll have more after I process it all. And I'm curious to see what the director's cut looks like after it comes out on DVD.
On a completely unrelated note, I'll point some of you to this guest column on Geoff Meeker's Newfoundland media blog. A week or so ago I had a note show up on Facebook letting me know that the Muse, the student newspaper I worked for back when I was at MUN, held a referendum to try and get their media levy increased, but it failed.
"Typical," I thought at the time, and grumbled a bit about the apathy and general stupidity of the MUN student body. Then I read the guest column that Kerri Breen wrote and realized just how much it hurt. Not just the paper at a financial level, but also the staff at a personal level. When students can't be bothered to vote to increase a levy from $2 a semester to $4 a semester and in return they get 12 copies of a truly excellent piece of student journalism, then I can see how that hurts a lot.
There have been times I've wanted MUN's student body to have a single head so I could smack some sense into it. This would be one of those times.
I hope the Muse tries the levy again in the next academic year. Hopefully they can pull some new tricks out of their bags to convince students of the necessity. Hopefully students can pull their heads out of their ass. Granted, I knew a lot of people with heads up their asses back in the early 90s and I'm willing to bet that 20 years later, not much has changed.
But you can always hope.
1. Everything to me - Liz Phair
2. Line of best fit - Death Cab for Cutie
3. Failsafe - The New Pornographers*
4. Bixby Canyon Bridge - Death Cab for Cutie
5. When anger shows - Editors