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Ok, so I'm one of the three comics fans on the planet who hasn't read Watchmen in graphic novel form.  So sue me.  I didn't get into comics until 1989, ok?  (Thank you Damien, for loaning me A Death in the Family!  And for introducing me to D&D, but that's a whole 'nother story.)  And I just never got around to going back to it, ok?  I know.  I suck.  I admit it.  But moving on...I was still insanely interested in this movie.  How could I not be?  It's only the best graphic novel of all time and all that, right?  (Yes, we have already affirmed that I suck...seriously, moving on...)

Even I know that everyone has always said there's no way there could ever be a movie of Watchmen because the story was just too good and the characters too fantastic.  So, I was concerned about this movie as much as I was interested in it.  Could it really be all that?  I doubted it.  But Wil Wheaton (and several other people whose opinions I trust on such things) preached how awesome it was, so I knew I had to see it.  They've all read the book, and they liked the film.  I thought: It must not totally suck.  It must be faithful to the book.  It must be halfway decent.  But I haven't read the book.  Will I be able to follow the film?  Or will it be over my head?  Was it made only for those fans already obsessed with Watchmen?  Do you need a knowledge of the universe to get it?

It's rare that I can say something with absolute conviction, but the answer is NO.

This movie was completely understandable to me and my husband, who have just returned from seeing it.

You do not have to be a Watchmen fan to get it.

You do have to have a brain, but I have faith in you.

Fans of Watchmen have already shouted their approval of this movie, and now this virgin (seriously-totally clean-not a single spoiler did I know-I barely knew the character's names, for cryin' out loud-and yes, I know I suck) speaks out.


Honestly, I haven't left a theater this impressed with a film since...well...I can't remember when.

I do own a copy of Watchmen, the novel.  Since you already know that I suck, I'll admit to buying it a few months ago when all the frenzied hype of the movie was assaulting us from all sides.  Hubby and I are now fighting over who gets to read it first.  I held off to see the film before reading the book, as past experience has shown me that recent reading of a book before a film is always a bad idea, but now all bets are off.  I came straight home with intent to start it.

Since I believe that even with a film of this level of awesome is never as good as its pen and paper source material, I suspect Watchmen the book will make my head explode with sheer awesome power.  If you don't hear from me for a while, fear not.  I'll be busy.  Reading.  And likely re-reading.



They do mean that rating, though, so pay attention to it.  This is no kiddie comic book movie.  And thank God for that.



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Mar. 16th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
I have not seen the movie yet, though there were two aborted attempts to see it last week. Glen has, and liked it but wasn't blown away. He has read the book (Dec, on our way back from Hawaii), but is not really enough of a fan about anything in particular to be believed in level of enthusiasm.
I read it on the way to and in Hawaii (bought it in the airport) and enjoyed it. * Re-read that statement...yes, I read it IN Hawaii. It was better than portions of Hawaii.
The only folks thus far that I have heard from that didn't like the movie are non-fans and unfamiliar with the premise. That is, people who hear there's some cool superhero movie that's getting all this press and they need to see it, and have preconceived notions of what to expect. This story is not, say, Ironman, or Spiderman. And though I liked the aforementioned films, if they tried to fit this to that type of storytelling, they would have missed the point and done it a great injustice. It was cool back when it came out as a graphic novel for its unconventionality. Thankfully, by all reports, the movie stayed true to form.
Looking forward to seeing the lone escapee of the Hollywood Homogenizer.
Mar. 16th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Shitty of Glen to see it w/o you, and agreed on his fan levels.

However, I did not love this movie as a hero movie fan (though the preview for Wolverine didn't hurt my opinion of it one bit-yes, though the world is saturated w/ Logan, I could never, ever get enough). It was just plain made of awesome. Having not read the book, it's hard for me to comment on the adaptation, but as a film I loved it.

I didn't even notice the effects (meaning for me they weren't overdone), and I never noticed the length, either.

As for people not liking it, I know some fans who are bitching about 'they left this out' or 'they changed that', but that's to be expected. Otherwise, most seem to like it. Those that don't, I think, simply don't get it.

You do have to get it to get it, you know?

As you say, Ironman or Spiderman it is not.

I am about halfway through the book now, and for the first time in a long time, I want to go pay good money to see the movie again.
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