Not Watching the Watchmen?

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We didn’t watch the Watchmen at the weekend, we talked about it but couldn’t be arsed. And I think I’m quite glad. I’m not sure though.

The internets are rife with reviews of this movie. Most of the ones that fall into my view are written by fans of the graphical novel and are quite strident in their opinions.

“Fans” is, of course, short for “fanatics” which should give a better idea of where most of these reviews seem aimed. Many point out the omissions, the inconsistencies and generally the fact that the movie misses the nuances the graphical novel handles so well.

To which I say, “Well DUH”.

No offence but it’s a bit like saying that the way I play Purple Haze isn’t anything like the Jimi Hendrix version. No-one seems to have the same issues with song cover versions, but book to move adaptations (book cover versions, if you will) seem to rile so many people in so many ways.

I do want to see the movie but I might wait until I can watch it at home. I’d hate to upset any fans on the way out of the cinema by stating that I thought it was “quite good”.

That and the big blue cock might be a little off-putting on a large cinema screen…

5 comments

  1. I walked out the cinema stating that it was “bloody brilliant”… and I’ve read the book. I think it’s definitely worth seeing on the big screen, don’t cheat yourself because of the reviews.

  2. I really enjoyed the film, but I have to admit that I was a little thrown out of the appropriate headspace every so often by variations on a theme of “jesus, that’s an enormous blue cock” or “I wonder if it’s real” or “it’s very still. I wonder if it’s a stunt cock”.

    I’m very glad we didn’t go see it at the IMAX now. I may have been overcome by a fit of the vapours.

  3. Most of the fan reviews I’ve read have been raving about how good it was. It seems that they took a lot of care in preserving the original feel and look from the graphic novel, and the changes they made apparently work really well.

    I’m quite excited to go this week. I wouldn’t let a little bit of cock keep you away.

  4. It’s a good film – and one that deserves to be seen on as big a screen as you can find. Given the complete change of medium, it’s astonishingly faithful to the source material, and definitely the most successful translation of Moore’s work to cinema.

    I hope it makes Dave Gibbons a wealthy man.

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