Thursday, March 5, 2009

Who's Watching The Watchmen?

Just a few thoughts on the not-yet-released-but-long-awaited film adaptation of Alan Moore's "Watchmen."

*What we're getting is not Alan Moore's "Watchmen." It's an adaptation. There are going to be differences (some minor, some major) from the graphic novel. Rabid fanboys, and I say this with nothing but love & affection because in many ways I am one of you, GET OVER IT. I know you won't & I know you're going to waste an inordinate amount of time over the next 72 hours or so yelling and screaming about how Zach Snyder destroyed a national treasure & calling for his head on a platter. Save yourself the grief. Nothing Snyder does will change one word or image in the copy of "Watchmen" on your bookshelf. It's there any time you want to read it.

*I truly believe there's going to be no middle ground when it comes to reviews. People are either going to love it or despise it. It's not the kind of material that lends itself to "That was OK" reviews.

*There are also going to be any number of critics who won't have bothered to familiarize themselves with the source material. I predict that they definitely won't get it.

*No matter how it turns out, there's only one shot at this. Thankfully, "Watchmen" doesn't lend itself to sequels or a franchise. So whatever is up on the screen on Friday is the best we're going to get (at least until the longer Director's Cut DVD is released.)

*As for me...I'm going to see it. I can't wait & I'm hoping for the best.

In the immortal words of Rorshach..."Hrm."


Jessica said...

I will be the judge of it! Also, I read a whole big thing about how lots of the stuff that didn't make it to the actual film will be extras on the awesome DVD when that comes out, so it's all good. I mean, it's like, you can't bring it all to the movie, you know? Limitations of the studios and such. f*ck the fanboys, this movie's for me.

Chris Ayers said...

Yeah...the fanboys can be a persnickity lot. That's why, whenever I wonder if I'm too much of a geek, I log onto, pick a random talkback (usually about a comic book movie, preferably one that hasn't been released yet) and just read. I feel positively cool and mature after a few minutes.

I think Watchmen is going to rock!

And if it doesn't...well, I'd rather see an ambitious failure than "Generic Romantic Comedy #253."