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Watchmen

Occasionally there are very nice fringe benefits to being in the military. Yesterday as americanstd and I were driving to the MCAS Miramar commissary, we passed the Bob Hope theatre on post. I glanced at the marquee and found that tonight there was an advance screening of "Watchmen", for free.

So obviously we'd be fools not to bite. I recommend this movie whole-heartedly and think Alan Moore is a gigantic spoiled baby for insisting his name be taken off of it. Zack Snyder didn't take the same grotesque liberties with it as the Warchowskis did with "V For Vendetta". (By the way, I've had people complaining about the absence of the giant squid. I've read "Watchmen" three times and can't remember any giant squid. I'm sure it's in there, but it obviously didn't make much of an impression.)

The movie had me from the first five minutes. Unlike many current superhero films that cold-open, "Watchmen" runs credits, using the time to set up the history of the alternate 1980s and the story of the Minutemen as they gave way to the Watchmen. After that, the representation remained true to the book. The actors looked like the characters. The dialogue was preserved.

I was very, very happy to see that the filmmakers didn't give in to the current revisionist-history fad of erasing the World Trade Centre from every shot of the New York City skyline. Glass painting or not, it was nice to see it again.

The soundtrack was another thing that made me happy about it. Unlike most comic-book movies that use the inescapable Danny Elfman soundtrack, "Watchmen" is predominantly classic rock, none of it dated past the Reagan era. It worked very well.

Those of you who will end up paying full price for this film are not going to feel ripped off.

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greytweed
Mar. 2nd, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
Thank you! As a huge fan of the graphic novel, I can hardly wait. :-)
zeonchar
Mar. 2nd, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
Good to hear this! Can't wait to see it! Was the place packed? I decided to wait and go with my brother Thursday night.

"Watchmen" is predominantly classic rock, none of it dated past the Reagan era.

Wasn't the Muse song in it?
kishiriadgr
Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
As the manager in his spiel before the show said, the Bob Hope staff quit admitting people as soon as they count 1500, and they had less than that. It was full, but not packed. This was a good thing because the screen is kind of small.

They are also going to advance screen Transformers 2 and the next Harry Potter.

Oh, and I don't know who Muse are so I can't answer.

Edited at 2009-03-02 02:39 pm (UTC)
zeonchar
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Muse
They're pretty damn popular and probably one of the hottest bands right now. You've more than likely heard them on the radio. "Knights of Cydonia" was their first big hit. Their song was in the trailer and I heard from various sources that it was in the movie too. Here are some song samples:

http://www.myspace.com/muse
kishiriadgr
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Muse
Possibly. I don't like what's on the radio these days so I don't listen to it much.
theletterelle
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
We have tickets for the 12:01 AM IMAX showing. I've heard the lack of squid isn't a huge blow.

I actually just read the book for the second time. I'd lost all memories of the story-- I only remembered Rorschach, a giant naked blue guy, and the squid. Heh. :)
kishiriadgr
Mar. 3rd, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
Some early reports argue that the squid would be too laughable and that the end as it is now is actually an improvement.
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