Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Watchmen - A Prejudiced Movie Review



In 2010, if the folks at the Oscars grow some testicular fortitude they will vote The Watchmen as the Best Movie of 2009. Simply because of the content matter and how they addressed it, simply because I'm a fan, simply because I've been waiting for this for a looooong time. A fantastic tapestry of a whodunit, political intrigue, a social commentary of our crazy, stupid fragile world punctuated by sudden bursts of violent action. The action sequences are 300 meets Once Upon A Time in China meets rubber costumed heroes. Far more violent a super hero genre than even Batman and any other super hero movie.

OK, I a fan of the comics. Watchmen changed my life. So I COULD be prejudiced. After reading the entire 12 issue run I canceled my subscription to X-men, who suddenly seemed juvenile (the multiple cover marketing gimmicks didn't help). Besides the stuff from Frank Miller, I stuck to Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman's work.

The Watchmen is the BEST COMIC BOOK OF ALL TIME. I'm not going into details. You've either heard of it or you haven't. This is not a movie for people who stay up until 4am watching Korean TV serials on DVD NOR people who think Rihanna and Jason Mraz are as fantastic as eating hot steaming 'bak kut teh' on a cold rainy night. You won't appreciate the 2 and 1/2 hour movie if you are one of those clowns who laugh out loud at an Andy Lau romantic comedy OR you're one of those women who tried to READ Lord of the Rings just because you thought Legolas was cute.



Snyder did a good job of adapting the comic. Of course the movie version seems to handle only a quarter of the complex plot but it's suffices. The changed ending is somewhat understandable as the original ending might seemed to far fetched without the back ground story. Somehow the passage of time doesn't make the threat of Russian nuclear attacks relevant with more people afraid of careless fuckwit bankers instead of all out military war fare.

And I love the marriage of cool tracks married to key scenes in the movie. How cool is having Hendrix's Along the Watch Tower, Dylan's Times They Are A-Changing, Nena and her 99Luftballoons AND Nat King Cole's Unforgettable and more all in a super hero movie?

I need to watch it again. Just to take it all in again. Oh, yeah gotta get me a Comedian blood splattered badge too.



How they looked like in the comics.

9 comments:

ah lim said...

That good?

Chindiana said...

Good for me la Ghouly, MOST PROBABLY because I've read the comic book and was looking through Owl tinted goggles...

After you watch lemme know. I'm probably sounding like a gushing school girl fan of Westlife here.

Nex said...

I laugh during Andy Lau romantic comedies, so I probably shouldn't go watch this movie... :p

Chindiana said...

Ah LIM! eh sorry, Typo. addressed you as Ghoul earlier!

Nex! you can watch la cos you also moonlight as a Jedi in your spare time so it's cool... :P

sam said...

Photography fans are gushing about the dramatic lighting in this movie. Most however thought the whole movie on the whole it's quite average. I'm gonna watch it just the same. :-)

ah lim said...

i doubt i'll be able to watch the movie. tied up with work heheh.. u know lar, own business have to work harder, longer hours. But one good thing is I can log into Internet all the time! :P

Chindiana said...

Sam! well go in with an open mind but guess its not easy for anyone to get without having read the book.

Ah Lim! I'll get you the DVD! Belated birthday present!

coffee said...

I had a nagging feeling throughout the movie that the they chose the wrong girl for the (younger) Silk Spectre; all the other character choices were perfect tho

Chindiana said...

I'm just surprised they pulled off her outfit!