Monday, March 30, 2009

the heart of the watchmen


so the watchmen came out on the same weekend that my play went up.
so i couldn't go.
then i got the flu.
which lasted, like, a week and a half.
then my dad got the flu.
(since i'd made him read the book twenty years ago, we wanted to see it together.)
week and a half for him.
so we didn't get a chance to get out and see it until last week.
thursday, in fact.
a matinee.

overall, i dug it a lot.
visually, it was stunning. and stunningly accurate.
zack snyder--a man who obviously held the story in the same high regard we all do and poured a great deal of love and energy into the film--accomplished what hollywood (and most of comicdom) long said couldn't be done. he made a (good) watchmen movie.

if you haven't seen it, i'll warn you now that there might be a SPOILER or two between here and the bottom of this section. (i worked so hard to avoid mention of the movie in magazines and on tv--and matt's blog--until i saw it.)

the casting was great and i "felt" the characters. they all did a great job of bringing each of them to life. these actors obviously read and studied the source material. (although i do think that the acting was somewhat melodramatic and "comic book-y"--it could have been played a little straighter.) the story unfolded very close to that of the original and i realized as i watched the movie, that, in all my many readings of the graphic novel, i've memorized it and was able to anticipate what would (or should) be coming next. and while the "new twist" in the tale to present a new and (supposedly) more character-centric ending was, i really woulda liked to've seen the giant squid.

the thing that kinda jarred me was, oddly enough, right at the beginning. one of the rules of storytelling is that somewhere right in the first chapter, you establish your environment, your world, the stage that you are going to present your story on. faced with the daunting task of trying to cram a 12 issue graphic novel into a three hour movie, zack snyder used his opening credits to present us with a dazzling montage recounting the "history" of the watchmen world, a maybe too-fast-to-take-in barrage of images depicting the original minutemen (here called the watchmen to avoid confusion), the devolution of "the hero", the fascist presidency that was going into it's fifth term, the keene act. a great use of time and a fantastic parade of images, lacked heart. that's kinda what i felt about most of the movie--i know that zack snyder put all of his into it, but i only ever felt that i was watching a movie. he did a great job of establishing this world, but i never felt welcomed into it.

that said, i can't wait to see it again. and might go tonight.
and i'll pick up the dvd and watch those opening credits over and over...

but, that's me.
i'm usually very easy on movies--if i did movie reviews, i'd give everything five stars.
but with comic book movies, i'm much more...critical, more hardline.
ask craig, he'll tell you.
(don't get me started on batman begins...)


here's an awesome choopie sketch that i got from artist, nikos koutsis, artist on abacus comics' "the imaginiaries" and colorist on erik's "savage dragon"! nikos will be doing a perhapanauts back-up story for us in the near future!...


here are the
answers to the
"five for friday"

1. what is the name of the little dog listening to the phonograph in the famous RCA logo?


2. and what is the name of the painting that that image is taken from?

"his masters voice"

3. what popular american sitcom was based on the uk hit series "til death us do part?"

all in the family

4. who played chandler's father on "friends?"

kathleen turner

5. which superhero is seen or referenced in every episode of "seinfeld?"


have a nice day!
smell ya later!


Christian D. Leaf said...

Yowza! That Choopie sketch is fantastic, if a wee bit more feral than we're used to seeing. Someone must've taken his fruit pie...

Brian said...

Man, I just don't get out to the movies much anymore and when I do, it is with my sweetie who is not into the comic book or action flicks.

Probably will catch this when it makes its way to HBO.

Matt Wieringo said...

I'm with Christian. That is some kinda cool Choopie drawing.

I sort of had the same reaction to WATCHMEN while I was watching it that you did, Todd. But I can't get it out of my head and that usually means I love a movie. I wish I had another 3 hours I could spare to see it again. I've had to make do with watching the trailer about 50 times. Glad you finally got to see it, though.

Anonymous said...

Hey Todd,

Glad to hear you (& your dad) got past that flu.
I've yet to see "The Watchmen" (trying for this week), so I jumped to the bottom of the post.

This Choopie sketch is awesome. Looking forward to seeing Nikos' back-up story.

~ Wendy ~ said...

Hi Todd,
I think I also felt the same way about the movie .. I had read the book so many times I knew what was going to happen next.. and it did stay true to the story - until the end. And what an interesting end that was, huh? hmmmm I went with my brother (who is as huge a sci fi nut as me - though his may tip more towards scary movies - where as mine is suspense sci fi type movies) .. and we discussed the ending in length on our way home.. it worked .. but it sure have been cool to see the giant squid!

Anonymous said...

Hello guys,

Would you like to watch the last exorcism online free? It is not released yet but you can watch the last exorcism online for free already!

Click here to [url=]watch the last exorcism[/url]

Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

Do you want to play solitaire?
[url=]SprintSolitaire[/url] is the best place to play solitaire online!

With exclusive Solitaire variation like Spider you will always enjoy the game!

Are you ready to play klondike solitaire?

Click here to [url=]klondike solitaire[/url]

Anonymous said...

Hi guys,

Do you want to watch harry potter and the deathly hallows online? It is not released yet but you can watch it right now already!

Click here to [url=]watch harry potter and the deathly hallows online free[/url]

The Harry potter film is based on the 7th Harry potter novels which are written by the author J.K.Rowling, totally there are 8 series in Harry potter saga. Actually these movies are about magic. People can find the sweet holly wood actors like Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Watch harry potter and the deathly hallows online free and Daniel Radcliff in these films. The movie edition of the final novel that is Harry potter and the deathly hallows is right now in post production after the last stage of main photography which was completed on 12th June 2010. The movie will be released on November 5th 2010. At last, the last novel was divided into 2 series, that is Harry potter and the deathly hallows part I and Harry potter and the deathly hallows part II.

Anonymous said...

hello!This was a really fabulous Topics!
I come from roma, I was fortunate to search your Topics in bing
Also I get much in your topic really thank your very much i will come again

Anonymous said...

Hello guys,

Do you want to watch Final Destination 5 full movie online? It is not released yet but you can watch it already!

Click here to [url=]watch Final Destination 5[/url]

Anonymous said...

[url=]seo tools[/url], My second a single backlink software and that i appreciate them just as a great deal as the very first. Happy with equally choices. They're sophisticated, but oh so good.
I'm a sucker for our [url=]seo tools[/url] and furthermore experience many adds to.Living in Mich lines a few utilisation of the backlink software because recurring perfect as well as rainwater (inclement climate) which will create sequins to help you fall off.
Concerning got your common high around Saying for annually. Everyone loves [url=]backlink software[/url] a lot in the a short while may become begins to receive genuinely particular, Let me buy traditional short-term on Ebony. Excellent good, complement everything, and worth it. :)
Excellent internet service; all the [url=]seo tools[/url] had been along backwards order then again originated a single week earlier than imagined
[url=]backlink software[/url] MAGNIFIQUE Nouveau SPLENDIDE - Message ULTRA Agile
Have always been acquiring seo tools brand for a long time (female and even infant's) 1 ) quality has long been dependably durable. Purchased this kind of seo tools this past year located in dunkelhrrutige, combined with converted to this very sueded black regarding The year 2011 year. Would should you prefer a far more Sueded/worn look as compared to specific gadget is comprised of to own the very best seek out Slip more casual slacks, yet , perfect having said that!

Anonymous said...

[url=]christian louboutin mens shoes[/url], Was thankful Simply put i glided by feed-back together with procured A single general size less space-consuming than Simply put i regularly provide....are put ideal! I have had plenty of confident reviews about red bottom shoes for men.....These people insert pizzaz to every one my own clothes, also denim jeans!
[url=]christian louboutin mens shoes[/url] are like luxury for me I do adore them.
i have got two list of christian louboutin mens shoes i've the Fern colouring and also Greyish !
christian louboutin boots Lettre agile, ustensile conforme ¨¤ elle effigie. Je suis total ¨¤ fait satisfaite!
acquired this [url=]red bottom pumps[/url] while i had been on vacation in hawaii.they are manner and cozy.
Only got my brand new christian louboutin sale.I acquired crimson together with dark colored and As i adore individuals. It is summer months my partner and i fails to provide them all to date ,nevertheless without a doubt paid for these individuals on the grounds that My business is too embarrassed they shall be finished. They are simply maybe even prettier to do with foot compared to the photo .

Anonymous said...

Some of the best troops to store in you clan castle are wizards, dragons, hog riders, and archers.
A good essay on clash of clans hack tool no survey.
Don't download from sites you aren't familiar with; it could cause problems.

Look at my web page :: how to get free gems in clash of clans

Anonymous said...

golf an on location wedding chapel

Not anyone occasion [url=]burberry[/url] to accuse TREMORS, or it's immediate sequel TREMORS 2: AFTERSHOCKS, to be classics of science fiction. However, an original is probably the best genre "B" picture ever produced, as well as its offspring essentially the most enjoyable direct to video titles ever released. The 1st film, which opened in 1990, benefited enormously from near perfect casting.

Considers it a taxi service or perhaps a auto leasing service or something else. Maybe they don have to follow that mandate. But Meru, Tab Cab, Arya Cabs etc.

A by using physical exercise club affordable, think carefully about [url=]burberry outlet[/url] how to make use of the club, how often including what hours. If you ever not planning to go each day, would likely not prefer to sign an annual contract. Find [url=]burberry sale uk[/url] discounted memberships that enable limited access to the facilities and observe for sales, where you could get the annual [url=]burberry uk[/url] fee waived or perhaps cheaper by using an annual membership.

Anonymous said...

We hope you enjoy shopping at our website as much as we enjoy making it.

When flying with Air Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is the
central location for all flights. If you have your passion for something and they are knowledgeable about the subject matter, you will automatically
default to "providing value" to your customers.

Also visit my blog - เมกะบางนา

Anonymous said...

But before we can understand the impact of this clothing apparel, it
is important to understand the idea behind yoga. Another type of yoga
that you can choose to practice is Vinyasa yoga, also known as flow yoga.

Better still: you won't need any fancy home gym equipment to make this workout happen.

Visit my web-site skinny yoga pants for girls size 14

Anonymous said...

It's amazing to visit this web site and reading the views of all mates on the topic of this post, while I
am also eager of getting familiarity.

Feel free to visit my blog :: new medical technology