History Film / Watchmen

10th Sep '16 6:09:16 PM JamesAustin
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ZackSnyder's 2009 adaptation of Creator/AlanMoore's and Dave Gibbons' ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''.

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ZackSnyder's ''Watchmen'' is Creator/ZackSnyder's 2009 adaptation of Creator/AlanMoore's and Dave Gibbons' ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''.
24th Aug '16 2:34:40 AM KJMackley
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* GenreDeconstruction: Snyder said his intention wasn't to translate the comics deconstruction of comic book conventions to comic book movies, but by its nature elements of this certainly crept in. Rorschach's voice is about the most extreme PrivateEyeMonologue you can imagine, especially as this movie was made in the wake of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and talk of Christian Bale's [[GutturalGrowler absurdly low and scratchy]] Batman voice. The costumes of the 1940's heroes are generally made of cloth and leather while the 1980's heroes wear latex and rubber suits, which reflects the changing pattern of Hollywood superhero costumes. Ozymandias outfit in particular has [[FormFittingWardrobe sculpted nipples]], a reference to the infamous designs in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. The violence level is also ramped up, Dr. Manhattan kills people by making them explode from the inside, whereas the comic they would just disappear (also possibly to differentiate between that and his method of teleporting).
20th Aug '16 10:06:13 PM Ma35tro
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** Thanks to the BloodierAndGorier aesthetic, Dan and Laurie end up mutilating and killing criminals (where in the comic they would leave them with non-permanent injuries at most). This brings their methods much closer to Rorschach's and undermines what Moore intended by creating costumed heroes of differing levels of violence and compassion.Then again, [[ExecutiveMeddling the studios wanted this and Zack Snyder objected beforehand]].

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** Thanks to the BloodierAndGorier aesthetic, Dan and Laurie end up mutilating and killing criminals (where in the comic they would leave them with non-permanent injuries at most). This brings their methods much closer to Rorschach's and undermines what Moore intended by creating costumed heroes of differing levels of violence and compassion. Then again, [[ExecutiveMeddling the studios wanted this and Zack Snyder objected beforehand]].



-->'''Silk Spectre I''': I'm 67 years old; every day, the future looks a little bit darker. But the past...even the grimy parts of it...keep on getting brighter.

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-->'''Silk Spectre I''': I'm 67 years old; every day, the future looks a little bit darker. But the past...[[WartsAndAll even the grimy parts of it...it]]...keep on getting brighter.
15th Aug '16 11:15:52 AM fauxtoast
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* ArtisticTitle: The breathtaking TitleSequence combining the most iconic images of the 2nd half of the 20th century.

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* ArtisticTitle: The breathtaking TitleSequence combining the most TitleSequence, which plays off of many iconic images of from the 2nd second half of the 20th century.century, albeit tweaked to show the progression of the alternate history of ''Watchmen'''s continuity.
3rd Aug '16 8:14:30 AM bogslug
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*** Many people complained that this was the worst cover of the song they'd ever heard. It's the original.
1st Aug '16 2:06:52 PM KJMackley
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* AdaptationalModesty: Averted, Dr. Manhattan is frequently shown completely nude as in the comics and unapologetically so. Some noted that even though it was not exploitative it could still be distracting, demonstrating why this trope exists.
21st Jul '16 6:04:30 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* AsYouKnow: Veidt is introduced to the audience via a speech from a reporter outlining his personal history ''to Veidt himself''. Veidt, displaying his GenreSavvy attitude in his ''first line'', interrupts with a slightly annoyed "I'm not hearing a question, Mr. Roth."

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* AsYouKnow: Veidt is introduced to the audience via a speech from a reporter outlining his personal history ''to Veidt himself''. Veidt, displaying his GenreSavvy savvy attitude in his ''first line'', interrupts with a slightly annoyed "I'm not hearing a question, Mr. Roth."



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Ozymandias. When opposed by an effectively invincible superman? He IMMEDIATELY tries the one thing that can deconstruct him. And let's not forget having the timers on the bombs run out thirty-five minutes ''before the heroes arrive to stop him.'' He gives a [[EvilGloating standard speech about his grand plan]], then laughs and mocks them for thinking he'd say all of that before the plan had already succeeded.]]



** And much earlier, Rorschach proves he IS completely safe standing still, conveniently framed in a busted window, as a police officer fires at him. Although we see the officer looking startled by Rorschach's abrupt off-screen disappearance from the window, moments before is a shot of the vigilante looking calmly over his shoulder as his face is lit up by the flash, as though mocking the cop's poor aim. Maybe he's just that GenreSavvy.

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** And much earlier, Rorschach proves he IS completely safe standing still, conveniently framed in a busted window, as a police officer fires at him. Although we see the officer looking startled by Rorschach's abrupt off-screen disappearance from the window, moments before is a shot of the vigilante looking calmly over his shoulder as his face is lit up by the flash, as though mocking the cop's poor aim. Maybe he's just that GenreSavvy.
3rd Jul '16 2:51:43 PM gewunomox
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* TimeCompressionMontage: Snyder shows the golden age of the "heroes", their eventual decline, the rise of the next generation, and the public revolt against "vigilantes", while at the same time throwing in a butt-load of backstory and tidbits from the comic that would have been difficult if not impractical to put into the body of the movie. And sets it to BobDylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'"

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* TimeCompressionMontage: Snyder shows the golden age of the "heroes", their eventual decline, the rise of the next generation, and the public revolt against "vigilantes", while at the same time throwing in a butt-load of backstory and tidbits from the comic that would have been difficult if not impractical to put into the body of the movie. And sets it to BobDylan's Music/BobDylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'"
20th Jun '16 1:17:43 PM VoiceInTheWasteland
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** In the book, when Rorschach traps the fat henchmen's hands in the bars of his cell, the Big Figure has the goon's throat slit [[GoryDiscretionShot offscreen]], with only the jet of blood visible. In the movie, the poor guy has his arms cut off with a circular saw, ''completely onscreen.''
11th Jun '16 10:37:10 PM rwe1138
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** Rorschach asks his shrink as he puts on his mall "What do you see?"

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** Rorschach asks his shrink as he puts on his mall mask "What do you see?"
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