Half of it is shot in slow-motion, the other half is flashbacks, and the opening credits is both at once. The constant camera tricks get a little repetitive to say the least. The violence is excessive to the point where it ceases to be both shocking and candid as the film intended, becoming perversely indulgent instead. The characters are well realised and the performances are excellent, with the exception of Nite Owl and the Silk Spectre. Their characters are supposed to be the closest things to "ordinary" people, but their wooden dialogue taken straight from the comic looks awkward and unbelievable on screen. It is Rorschach who steals the show; haunting and dangerous but also cruel witted and darkly charismatic. In short, he is everything that the fans of the comic could ever want. Whilst the movie is (excessively?) faithful to the comic, the changed ending is warranted and makes far more sense. I have no idea why they bothered to keep Ozymandius' pet tiger thing in the picture; it only confused those not familiar with the comic. Also confusing, was Rorscharch's mask. The film could have at least explained what the deal behind Rorsharch's mask was. it would have only taken 30 seconds to explain it for the sake of those who hadn't read the comic.
I've seen Watchmen
twice now, and To this day I still can't work out whether the film is good or bad. I really can't, so I'll leave it at that.
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9th Mar 12
(edited by: maninahat)
I agree. To me the film's the best when it's letting the characters grow and exemplify what they represent, and it's worst with SLOW MOTION and crazy violence. And even though changing the dialogue was too much of a sacred cow for the makers, it does sound worse onscreen then in a comic. Rorschach could get away with overwrought statements because he's talking to himself, but in conversations the comic's half exposition of ideas/half dramatic statements was too corny to allow for the film. So yes, it's bad when it indulges, it's good when it just presents. And that's a lesson both Snyder and Moore could learn.
11th Mar 12
(edited by: Tuckerscreator)
I agree about the dialog. What sounds good and works for a comic book won't necessarily work for a film and I think the filmmakers needed to realise that.
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