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Watchmen

Since I finished re-reading Watchmen last night, I was wondering if I could get you all interested in some cheap internet punditry.

What are you worried the movie will get wrong? What is the most beloved aspect of it for you?

And in case it wasn't obvious, the thread will be for people who have read it and therefore be spoilers up one side and down the other. (I mean, unless everyone is too busy for armchair movie critiquing this morning.)

edit I ask this because my friends list has been peppered with posts that are, essentially "please don't screw this up".

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mikailborg
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of approaching it the same way I did LotR. The requirements of the media involved are so different, that I'll be looking for the bits they managed to get right more than worrying too much about everything that changed.

I expect they'll be ditching most of the Golden Age hero material for time and characterization limitations. Hopefully, they'll keep the layering of material, where every time you read / watch it you catch something cool you missed the first time. The Matrix did that well, so it's certainly possible.
snidegrrl
Aug. 5th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
For me I just don't feel that invested - I liked it but I didn't like it so much that if they screw it up I'll be heartbroken. I read it once when I was like 12 and then just now.

I assume they will have to have a certain amount of golden age stuff, if for no other reason than they've featured the Comedian so prominently, but then maybe I have no idea what you mean.

I was concerned they'd make Dan Dreiberg too buff, and indeed, it looks like they have. He has a freaking paunch!
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oontzgrrl
Aug. 5th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
This.
yoshimi
Aug. 5th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
my cousin's concerns
"it looked [from the trailer] like they modernized the costumes to make them look less ridiculous (which misses the point). and they definitely sexed up the female lead (not that she wasn't supposed to be sexy, but she HAS to be older)."

and

"the book doesn't judge the destruction of new york as right or wrong, the movie most certainly will have to. [in post 9/11 america,] there is no way they could take the same angle."
snidegrrl
Aug. 5th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Re: my cousin's concerns
I agree with your cousin on the first point, but I still have hope on the last point, they'll be able to let people judge for themselves.
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paleotheist
Aug. 5th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
One thing I really liked about the book was the portrayal of superheros as real people. Heroes age and eventually have to retire. The characters in Watchmen look back on their careers with a mix of pride and dismay, both in what they've done and what they've become. Some are ready to leave it all behind while some long to return to the "glory days". As was mentioned in previous comments, their back-stories are critical and, to me at least, one of the most interesting points of their character development. If the movie can keep a strong focus on the characters, I think it will be alright. If they make it all about the special effects and visuals, then it will really lose something.
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deepthink
Aug. 5th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
I speculate the calamity has been shifted in nature, as film audiences would not react well to a teleporting psychic squid monster. It's very genre, and the film will almost certainly lack the subtle storyline connections and end-of-issue background materials.
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life_unexamined
Aug. 5th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Commenting before reading the other comments, but (and this may tie in to the The Dark Knight issues I'm having) I'm worried that they'll miss some of the moral ambiguity of the whole tale.
simplesimon
Aug. 5th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
My worry is that the story won't translate well as it is very dated. Will they try and hold onto that very eighties feel of the film? And will it translate?
snidegrrl
Aug. 5th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, 80s nostalgia is going strong, so it may just work in their favor.
examorata
Aug. 5th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
I don't have the kind of investment, emotionally, that I did with LotR, but my hopes are similar - that they stay true to the spirit and (as much as possible) the letter of the "law." When I first read about the project as being "updated" I was terrified. Having read an interview with the director, I think he sounds cocky, but it sounds like he fought for the right things. I got some visceral visual thrills from the trailer, so I think it's a good chance he got some of the iconic visuals completely correct.
puck_eater
Aug. 5th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
I like the overall darkness of the trailer but am worried that they sexied it up too much. There is enormous potential for disappointment with the ending. Not just the whole Ozy plan but Dr Manhattan and Rorsach encounter. I think it will be difficult for hollywood to grasp the idea of a movie that is not designed for a sequel.
snidegrrl
Aug. 5th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they will have sexied it up too much. I am trying to steel myself for that now.
turbogrrl
Aug. 5th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
My reaction to sitting through a host of trailers including Watchmen (and NO, I haven't read it, so nyaaaah) was that I am almighty sick of all these apocalyptic and post- vehicles already. Comics or not. I understand that it's clearly a reflection of current popular psyche and fears, but, eh. Just Done.
snidegrrl
Aug. 5th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
I usually loathe that theme but for some reason, and I haven't put my finger on it, in this case I do not. Probably because of the characters.
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