I'll start with I never read the comic. At first I came out piecing together the absolute shambolic, fragmented 2 hours and 43 minutes (yeah that long) of supposed film I sat through, then once I had, I not only realised it was directed by someone unable to deal with a story so multi-stranded, but whatever supposed depth there was to the original just wasn't there.
It wasn't that the acting was bad - I didn't feel anyone did a terrible job, the tone of the film was good and the world created didn't make the Watchmen look silly in their outfits - quite the opposite.
The film is what it is, the guy who directed 300 - a bonehead movie that was very enjoyable for it's style over substance thanks to the ever so simplistic plot, got hold of something that he clearly loved to bits but then wasn't able to deal with anything well other than the super-stylised. You have action sequences that are good - only not as good as 300 - and then parts that you are supposed to take seriously when instead you're thinking "what the bloody hell is going on?". And that question isn't really as a result of not understanding the plot- it's a case of not understanding how some otaku thought he would be able to translate the content into a coherent film at almost 3 hours in length that I'm supposed to care about.
The best character, by a mile, was Rorschach. And I say that after looking up the name, I was exiting the building referring only to "blue man" and that "bad guy". You could have had a full-length film with only his story and it would have been better. Instead you get a shitstorm of stuff that while in parts is genuinely entertaining and occasionally thought provoking is also too much to take in at once.
The ending was about as good as you could have hoped but the overall result is something that thinks it's telling you something profound when it just isn't while taking forever to do it.This movie is a big fail/10
Other things to note:
- The soundtrack is all sorts of badass, and I could actually listen to it - yet a lot of the time felt completely out of context.
[perhaps minor spoilers]- There is a sex scene where dude uses more hands than two - while working on a project
- There is a sex scene where dude can't get an erection
- There is a sex scene where dude can get an erection because he's wearing all rubber
- There is an almost rape scene that is treated so flippantly it's annoying
Track of the Week #5Ah the French and their electro magic. This is Kavinsky - Testarossa (SebastiAn Remix)