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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - graffiti.maverick

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[User Picture]From: brotherless_one Date: March 8th, 2009 - 04:57 am (Link)


they were filmed as panels on a comic page. when "bullet time" was invented, the idea was to bring the idea of decompression found in manga to cinema. the difference being that your imagination doesn't have to fill in the movement from one image to the next. Which I'm sure you're aware of but -- aside from a few throw away scenes in the spiderman franchise...and posibly FF:RotSS -- it really hasn't been used in superhero movies.

the choreography wasn't impressive, but as you say, none of these people -excluding veidt and possibly the comedian- are supposed to be martial arts masters. At the same time, they used self-defense and combatives heavy fighting styles which tend to be more useful in street-fighting/brawling scenerios.

Neither of those Rorschach moments actually worked for me, actually. The former scene was meant to show his improvisational skills and cunning, but came off as almost incidental to his participation in it(even the line change reflected that). The latter should have been incidental but was played for menacing effect..and failed.

Its just a matter of visual reference, is suppose. In most films the slowed effect supposes something superhuman or extraordinary is happening, whereas here (IMO) its just there to let you take in everything at your own pace.

I'll admit that it does come off as slightly camp but that was partly the point.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: March 11th, 2009 - 03:18 pm (Link)


See, I don't think the point should be camp. The reason everyone in watchmen is normal is that the world moore created was supposed to be hyperreal, as opposed to the comedic innocence of the the 50s (which we discover wasn't so innocent or comedic after all). But the slowmo fight scenes didn't let me take anything in at my own pace. They distracted me. They came off more as the modern equivalent of the 60s Batman fight sequence. That's ok in some movies, not in this one.
[User Picture]From: brotherless_one Date: March 13th, 2009 - 10:43 am (Link)


there is a lot of dissonance between the visuals of the fight scenes and the overall atmosphere of the story. IMO, it was intentionally done as a way of saying "these people enjoy the brutality of what they do". The shots at the end of the mugging scene did in seconds what the owl ship sex scene failed to do in what felt like 10 minutes.

in any event, you'll never here me say it was a good movie, but my expections going into it were based on knowing that its impossible to get a story that dense right in under 5 hours.

I agree with you and mike about pretty much everything else (besides cutting more. It's like trying to do "Roots" in 100 minutes...)

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