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Well, I did, of course.
Yesterday night I went to see Watchmen, the movie adaptation of the eponymous comic book series. I was feeling a little dread that it might turn out to be very disappointing, seeing that I wasn’t very impressed with Zack Snyder‘s adaptation of 300.
Watchmen, though… was different. Yes, a lot of detail got cut out here and there. Yes, the ending was changed. Yes, Snyder’s penchant for sequences shot in alternating slow- and sped-up-motion still shines through1.
But overall, I’m pleasantly surprised. Watchmen manages to capture the plot and the character’s inner conflicts very well, is visually stunning, and manages to balance the rather heavy subject matter and the need to entertain incredibly well. Overall, I’ll have to agree with my wife that this is probably the best comic book adaptation I’ve seen to date.
Compared to 300, well… I can’t help but wonder whether that’s not simply Frank Miller‘s fault, and the original was already inane. Which I’m told it was. But Sin City is no intellectual marvel either, and the movie is still pretty well done.
- Though, maybe, I don’t do the guy credit here: it’s a good technique for inserting semi-still images into a movie that look exactly like the comic book’s frames. [↩]