Do I want to see "The Watchmen"?

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Do I want to see "The Watchmen"?

Postby Undine » Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:56 pm

Oh, hello. Suffice it to say I'm an old member whose come back again. Now I need your honest opinion.

So I promised my friend I would see "The Watchmen" with him on the IMAX big screen.

Then I keep hearing things about a certain male character's certain male appendage having a lot of screen time.

Anyone know what I've signed myself up for? Is this movie worth seeing? Am I going to be scarred for life? Any heads up you can give me would be much appreciated.

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Re: Do I want to see "The Watchmen"?

Postby Werefrog » Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:02 pm

I think this interview with Jon Stewart says it all.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index ... lly-Crudup

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Re: Do I want to see "The Watchmen"?

Postby phyco126 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:00 pm

I want to see it, ever sense I've seen the trailor for it at The Dark Knight. I'm much nicer to movies than most people, and I never listen to critics.
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Re: Do I want to see "The Watchmen"?

Postby Werefrog » Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:09 pm

I say go ahead and see the movie. Don't worry about Dr. Manhattan's Long Island. It really can't have that much screen time, or the movie would be NC-17 instead of R.

Edit: Just did a Google search on the phrase "Dr. Manhattan's Long Island" and learned that this was the fourth time anyone on the Internet has written that phrase.

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Re: Do I want to see "The Watchmen"?

Postby Pisces » Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:15 am

Becca,

This is coming from ME, so you may be getting a biased opinion here, regarding blue phalli...but at the same time, it's coming from ME, and you know how I am about quality of story/character/etc.

I actually really liked it. It was very different and threw off a lot of the normal comic-book crowd, I think. But it was something slightly more my style. It delved a lot into darker, more philosophical aspects. It definitely had its share of action, but there was also a lot slower, subtler character/conversational stuff going on.

I knew nothing about it prior, but I enjoyed it.
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Re: Do I want to see "The Watchmen"?

Postby Guild_Premier_Ghaleon » Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:45 am

I thought it was excellent. Yeah, Dr. Manhattan sports his junk from time to time, but really, if you're not looking for it it wont bother you. The flick is filled with dark humor which I enjoyed, the action scenes are excellent, and the characters are all pretty believable considering the particular scenario. A good watch in my opinion.
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Re: Do I want to see "The Watchmen"?

Postby LuciaOne » Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:33 am

It's a great movie, and a great adaptation of the comic. The blue penis does get some screen time, but not any more than a pair of boobs gets in any other movie. People are just flipping out because they aren't used to seeing 5 blue penises on the screen at once.
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Re: Do I want to see "The Watchmen"?

Postby Werefrog » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:43 am

So out of curiosity, who's watching The Watchmen this weekend?

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Re: Do I want to see "The Watchmen"?

Postby Sonic# » Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:56 pm

I saw it last night with my girlfriend.

Thoughts:

1. People make a really big deal about blue penises. They aren't apparent unless you're looking for them, and it's not like there's any close-ups or anything. It's just frontal nudity, like a lot of the female frontal nudity we somehow don't titter at.

2. It was excellent. As Eric and others said, more psychological. Less of the simple good v. evil mentality that most movies fall into. An interesting alternate history. And interesting characters all around.

3. Perhaps typical, they love messing with time. Glass window breaks, time slows down. Someone punches someone's limb, time slows down, limb's bone snaps... not too ridiculous compared to some of the other stuff around, but I marvel that I can say "not too ridiculous" about it.

4. There were some parts that I wonder whether they were funny intentionally. (And some where people laughed and I wondered about them.) In any case, they provided much-needed levity, even if they were a bit distracting. Hallelujah!
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Re: Do I want to see "The Watchmen"?

Postby brightshield » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:21 pm

I loved it as well. Probably my favorite super hero film. Rorshach has made it onto my list of movie badasses(and that is a very short list).

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Re: Do I want to see "The Watchmen"?

Postby Ozone » Thu May 14, 2009 2:50 pm

I'm on the fence about Watchmen. It stuck to its guns in terms of content and did a decent job developing its characters, but I don't really feel like the the big ideas that make up the core of the story really translated well onto the big screen. The movie dragged on for about an half hour to an hour more than it actually needed to and I almost feel like I should ask for at least half of the money I paid back. Before someone asks, I have read the graphic novel, and I do get the idea behind it, but I still say that it's a hard leap from that medium to the screen. They did do an excellent job with Rorschach and the Comedian though.
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Re: Do I want to see "The Watchmen"?

Postby DeathBeforeDenial » Fri May 15, 2009 8:05 pm

I saw it the night it came out, and sadly the best part of the movie ended with the brilliantly done opening credits coupled with the delightful Bob Dylan tune "The Times They Are a-Changin'".

While the majority of the story was fairly true to the source, it seemed more like the big picture and the overall form were off. A lot within the film just felt gratuitous, from the violence (Arm+saw, the Nite-Owl Silk Specter II fight, Rorschach's cleaver attack) to the over-established sex between Nite-Owl and Silk Specter.

Also the excessive slow-motion got so distracting after a while, but my friends who loved 300 barely noticed. One final critique was the use of music, overall it was good, though there were some really poorly placed tracks such as "99 Luftballoons", "I'm Your Boogie Man" and the awkwardly placed "Hallelujah".

Unfortunately the movie altogether just lacked what the comic book had. Alan Moore was absolutely correct when he said, "My book is a comic book. Not a movie, not a novel. A comic book. It's been made in a certain way, and designed to be read a certain way: in an armchair, nice and cozy next to a fire, with a steaming cup of coffee."
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