This was too hilarious not to share, V for Vacation? hahahahaha
This was too hilarious not to share, V for Vacation? hahahahaha
As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I noticed the first time I saw watchmen (the second time I went during work/school hours, and it was empty, something Scott Kurtz might have preferred), quite a few people got up and left. I’ve been mulling over in my mind not just the obvious “I didn’t like the attempted rape scene,” because any two-bit pundit can do that, but delving deeper into the reasons why some were so appalled by the film that they chose to leave. So dedicated am I to providing absolute top quality blogging that I have done the unfathomable, I have come up with reasons to dislike the watchmen…
All verbosity and showmanship aside, the question of why people were so affronted or bored by The Watchmen that they decided that they would burn the $10.75 they spent, rather than sit through the rest of the movie is a topic worth addressing. I mean, c’mon, less people walked out of Batman and Robin than the Watchmen from what I saw! The first, and most obvious reason that people may have been offended is simply that we as a population are pretty desensitized to seeing breasts, or even full frontal nudity on women. This movie had penises, and lots of them at that however, none were real though, I don’t think so anyway, most looked CGI or prosthetic. Pretty immediately you are exposed to Dr. Manhattan, who lives and works in the nude, and let’s be honest, nude men are not all that photogenic.
Moving swiftly and gracefully away from male nudity (or at least, I am, you may linger if you so choose), we move onto the fact that the Watchmen deals with a whole host of generally uncomfortable, or generally avoided topics, such as child murder, more realistic violence, and rape. Herein lies the true core of why many viewers were shocked by the Watchmen. The movie-going population has become used to the idea of a superhero movie, we are getting inundated with them recently, and most are fun action movies with some corny one-liners that are really typical of 80’s-90’s authors. This was an Alan Moore comic turned movie, and a faithful one at that, not V for Vendetta. This was written as a progressive “in your face” novel. We are used to bones breaking in movies, but they’re always in a jacket, or the skin doesn’t break. I’ve got news for you, that’s not how it works. I have heard many complaints about the scene between the Comedian and Jupiter, about how it was too much, or not appropriate for the movies. My response to this has been to remind them that this is a rated R movie, and for good reason. If you’re going to see a movie, and you’re unsure about it, the best course of action is to look a little bit into the subject material first. A few chapters into Watchmen, and you’ll soon find that it’s not your average superhero flick.
Another general quality of the modern super hero movie is that feeling inside you that in the end, the good guy won. Today’s culture does not seem to appreciate the old style of film noir. And the Watchmen goes even one step further beyond that, the Watchmen is ambiguous, it’s not even a cliffhanger. Nobody has any idea if Rorschach’s journal does get published, or if anyone believes a word of it, it IS Rorschach after all. Even beyond this notion lies the uncertainty about if the ‘villain’ was evil or not, or even if Rorschach was ‘good.’ Make no mistake, this is intentional, beyond the plot, subplot, and everything else, it is by firm believe that Alam Moore wrote the Watchmen to make his readers question what they saw, to make them think and reach beyond their comfort zone, something we should all try to do from time to time. In this he was successful.
There is a line in the book, as well as the film, in which a news reporter states that “God exists, and he is American,” he then goes on to say that if this makes you a little uncomfortable, then you should not worry “it only means that you are still sane.” The same can be applied to the Watchmen. If the scenes of graphic violence, attempted rape, and child murder made you even slightly uncomfortable, you should know that it’s ok, it means you are still rational.
Let me start by saying that the Watchmen was absolutely fantastic, not as amazing or indepth as the novel, but it’s pretty damn close. I have spoken to many people who saw it and had not read the novel, and I received two distinct points of view. Either they liked it because of the action, or did not like it due to its graphic nature. This is something that will be interesting to talk about in the near future, comic book movies have become so closely associated with X-Men and Spider-man that people figured that Watchmen would be another feel good movie. Sorry guys. Before I talk about what others did not like about it though, let me tell you about why I felt it was the best movie I have seen in a long long time.
First off, the casting was phenomenal. I think that directors of comic based movies have learned that comic enthusiasts appreciate more than others that the actors physically resemble their heroes. This translates into acquiring sometimes less famous actors to play the parts of lead roles. Just look at Jackie Earle Haley, he did nothing between 1993 and 2006, unless you count working as a security guard, limo driver, or pizza delivery guy. But he was the best goddamn Rorschach anyone could have hoped for! Another fine example outside of watchmen, was Patrick Stewart as Professor X, I can not think of anyone more ideal for that role. Do you have any other examples of good or bad casting for comic book movies? Leave a comment and let me know, or shoot me a message on Twitter.
On the subject of Jackie Earle Haley, his fit for the role goes beyond merely looking like Rorschach. That guy can act. He wasn’t hiding behind the mask at all. I’ve never had to beg for death, and I’m pretty sure he hasn’t either, but man could he do it, and it was probably one of the most powerful scenes in the movie. However, another reason he was good for the part was his martial arts experience. This segues nicely into the fight choreography, which was also amazing. As someone who has a fair amount of experience (in fighting, not choreography), the fight scenes were pretty outstanding. If you couldn’t tell, I have almost nothing but praise for Watchmen.
Any ciritism I do have is minor, such as, the director couldn’t seem to decide if Rorschach called his mask his face or his mask. He refers to it twice, and one he calls it his face, the other his mask. I am someone who appreciates above all other things, faithfulness to source material. I prefer the first Lord of the Rings movie to the other two because it is most faithful to the books. All in all, I would recommend Watchmen to any comic book fan, it is two hours and fourty three minutes of awesome.
I’m not sure if I can remember the last time this happened. I went to my local comic shop, and asked them to deliver unto me the contents of my box. However, my box was empty. Surely you jest! I protested, but alas, it turns out that zero comics that I read were released this week. I was particularly surprised by this, because last week only the New Avengers was in my box. I can feel that the remaining three wednesdays could be particularly heavy in terms of comic reading, and that’s just fine by me. So instead, I’ve spent the last week, and presumably this week, reading trades (and studying for the GRE’s). I’ve finished (finally) Watchmen, and am working on Ronin and Green Lantern: Wanted: Hal Jordan. What comics did you get this week? Is there anything particularly good that I should pick up?