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06 September 2008 @ 12:03 am
Watchmen  
Quick note:  just finished reading Watchmen.

Annnnd... saw the preview for the movie last weekend.

I have to say, it looks spot-on.  I was nervous at the pics of Silk Spectre, but let's face it, her costume is SUPPOSED to be silly-looking.  Jon blew my mind, though.  He looks fantastic.

They just can't fit everything into a movie, and that's a shame...

Regarding the book:  the story is good.  I think I needed to read it ten years ago, but it was good.  The writing... moreover the layout... were astounding.  I've never seen a more tightly connected graphic novel.  If even a fraction of those transitions translate to screen, I'll be pleased.
 
 
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Mister Vimes: Watchmenmistervimes on September 6th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "Save Us!"...:
...and I'll look down, and whisper, "No".
Wiseacreewin on September 7th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
Comedian = Best. Casting. Evar.
Flirty By Naturegeogre on September 7th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Denny Duquette?
Wiseacreewin on September 7th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
He does have a real name...
Flirty By Naturegeogre on September 7th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, he is Jeffrey Dean Morgan. A name that wasn't lighting up any "A-ha! I know who he is" moments in my head.

And then I saw him on one of the production videos without the mask and kept wondering where I knew him from...

He does transform into a remarkable Comedian. Just to have played the Comedian and "tender soul" dearly departed Denny Duquette, what a range.
Wiseacreewin on September 7th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
He looks JUST like him, though... man. That man has what I'd call a million-dollar face. It's just perfect Hollywood and makes me think of old westerns every time I see him.

Just about the only casting choice I'm not happy with is Ozymandias, but possibly he's a personality pick.
Harfafnorharfafnor on September 6th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
I saw the trailer, but, I didn't have a clue about it other than it was from a comic book. Then, I went to the book store the other day and there was a graphic novel that I think had all the series in it. I am a bit confused still about it. He reminded me of The Martian Manhunter.
Wiseacreewin on September 7th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
If you see a big graphic novel with a smiley face with a blood drop on it, that's the one. :) The whole book.
Rainrain_herself on September 6th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
I just read it a few weeks ago, and I completely agree. The story really had me for the first half, and then the climax was just kinda, "enh." But the writing was amazing, I really enjoyed it. And I'm not generally a fan of graphic novels at all. (I'm trying to learn.)
Wiseacreewin on September 7th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I think I've gotten really burned out on the whole, "I will SHOCK YOU by making the evil thing good!" Um, last time I saw that little ploy was about five hundred times in highschool literature. Moral equivalence doesn't impress me as literary merit in and of itself anymore. :)

You might like Bone. (If it's the writing you love, you'll DEFINITELY like Sandman.)
Rainrain_herself on September 7th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
I did like Sandman, though not as much as everyone else seems to. I struggle a lot with the art, there. I have a very hard time forcing myself to look at the pictures. My mind just wants to skip right over them and read the text. That's one reason I enjoyed Watchmen so. It gave me numerous breaks where I could just read instead of forcing myself to concentrate on the pictures.

Re: moral equivalence, or more accurately, ambivalence, I wouldn't say it impresses me but I definitely prefer it be included. The whole evil/good bit in Watchmen was just dumb, though, imo. The Dr. Manhattan subplot was far more interesting to me.
kenjarikenjari on September 6th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
I read Watchmen several years ago and found the story and characters quite interesting. However, Alan Moore seems to have a talent for choosing visual artists who utterly fail to engage me. (I'm not saying the artists are necessarily bad, just that they tend to be people whose style just doesn't connect with me)
Wiseacreewin on September 7th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
I see it as the "typical" American comic book style. A bit literal. I appreciate it because I always know exactly what I'm looking at, but it's more of a medium than something that's fun to look at, for me.

Ted Naifeh's art, on the other hand... *luv*