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22 May 2009 @ 10:23 pm
Watchmen  

Last night at 9:55pm was the very last showing of Watchmen in town, at the $1.50 theater.

I hadn't seen it yet.  I was determined to see it at least once on the bigscreen, so I went.  I hung out at the mall until it closed at 9, and then went to the theater and sat and read until 9:45, and then walked into the most well-air-conditioned room I've ever had to sit in for three hours straight.  It was quite cold, but fortunately I had an extra shirt with me.  I watched it alone.  There was a soundtrack of cackling from a group of teenagers arrayed along the back row.  By the time I got out, it was cold enough in there that I couldn't feel my fingers anymore.  I got out at 1am, drove home in the misting rain, went home and to bed, and had to be up this morning for work.

TOTALLY WORTH IT.

I really went to see it just to see Dr. Manhattan in action, and truly, his scenes were a masterpiece.  But I was incredibly pleased and impressed with the entire movie.  Fantastic casting, great effects, and the scenes in the film that were lifted directly from the comic just stunned me.

Is this era that we are experiencing now a sort of backlash against all of the film adaptations that twisted and denigrated our favorite books?  If so, is there a way we can keep it going?  Backlashes tend to end eventually; I'll be sad if this one does.

As a point of fact, it's been a really long while since I've been genuinely disappointed in a movie.  Let's see.  There was Death at a Funeral, which my Mom and I tried to watch and ended up just giving up... and well, just now I watched Pineapple Express, which, while it had its moments, was pretty much a letdown.

Other than that, movies have been awesome to me lately.  All hail movies.
 
 
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Plaidplaidomatic on May 23rd, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Big blue dong.
Wiseacreewin on May 23rd, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was the teenage consensus from behind me. *shrug* Someday that reaction will cease to annoy me.
Octanetoqueville on May 23rd, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
I happy with it. A good movie that I will wish to own to re-watch and digest at my leisure.
Wiseacreewin on May 23rd, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Me too!
Mars: don't box me insassysmile on May 23rd, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Watchmen, wish I had. BUT, so glad you agree about Pineapple Express. J laughed his butt off and I was just so disappointed, pretty much waiting for it to be over.
Flirty By Naturegeogre on May 23rd, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
I agree with PE. It got fun for a short few minutes when they actually started running for their lives and before they decided to go to the farmhouse. That was about it.
Wiseacreewin on May 23rd, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
I actually best enjoyed the parts in the woods, or hell, just the parts of him driving around smoking and serving people, that was fun. And I loved Red, he was funny in all of his scenes.

Otherwise, not bad enough for me to turn it off, but not the level of funneh I expect from Seth Rogan.
havenstone: shaggyhavenstone on May 23rd, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
*pop* Hello! Periodic lj check!

I really liked Watchmen, too. Had some gripes (the mastermind made too obviously sinister, failed use of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah), but overall they were outweighed by the awesome. I particularly liked the way they tweaked the ending, which held together much, much better for me than the *COUGH* giant psychic squid. And yowza, was Jackie Earle Haley ever a fantastic Rorschach.

(On a different note, hugs and condolences for the wrists and health issues...)
Wiseacreewin on May 23rd, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
Your thoughts on the film echo mine EXACTLY.

While the giant psychic squid was totally awesome, that's the scifi fangirl in me talking. The writer in me prefers the ending they picked for the film. ;)

*hugs back* Thanks mifty...
havenstonehavenstone on May 24th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
I just reread the graphic novel, courtesy of a good friend who knew just what to put in our Afghanistan care package. :) The giant psychic squid panels took my breath away, as always, with the references layered ten feet thick... it's a real tribute to Moore's skills that he can roll such a preposterous conceit into his climax and not only make it work, but make it awesome. Still, I'm glad Zack Snyder didn't try to bring it off.
Wiseacreewin on May 24th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Moore really took a serious amount of time and energy building it up and putting it together.

As you really have to. Just for the sake of being able to have a giant psychic squid.

Okay, at this point, I'm just continuing this so that I can keep saying the phrase "giant psychic squid".