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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: March 11th, 2009 - 03:15 pm (Link)
Part of this was garbled from a markup error. Bullet #2 should be:

* Another review I read made a really good point about the movie. It's not really an adaptation. It's an homage. It was an attempt to say to all the fanboys out there, "you've always wanted to see Watchmen on the big screen! Well now you can!" The problem is, you and I are atypical fanboys, I guess. We'd much rather see an actual good film. Despite all of jameel's protestations about how "awesome it is" I doubt he can truly point out any artistic merit to the movie in its own right. Maybe he'll comment and provide examples. But as much as I am a comic geek, I'm also a film geek, and this movie is lacking in its own right. diosa_en_disfra confirmed below that not having read the book, she was really confused by the movie, and that's a problem. She happens to be a big old geek and will likely read the book now anyway, but I'd rather people come out of an adaptation of an epic saying "wow, I really have to read that book now to see more of that world" not "oh, umm... that was neat, I guess." I expect most of the non-geek population would fall into the latter category.
[User Picture]From: jameel Date: March 11th, 2009 - 03:29 pm (Link)

The Philistine replies!

You're absolutely right that I'm not a film geek; I'm also not a film connoisseur. Why do I think it was an awesome movie? Because I do, that's why, and that's all that matters to me.

I don't pay much attention to what the critics say about movies, either.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: March 11th, 2009 - 03:43 pm (Link)

Re: The Philistine replies!

That's completely fair and a side issue. I can't tell you what you should and shouldn't like and wouldn't dream of trying. There are lots of movies that I absolutely love that aren't very good in even the slightest. Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death being one of my all time favorites.

Where Watchmen fails isn't in lacking fans, clearly they're going to make money on it. So that people are enjoying it is indisputable and therefore not interesting to have a discussion on. What we can discuss is what made it and didn't make it work. What made it or didn't make it good from a technical sense.

(Same is true of music, books, comics, video games, painting or any other art for that matter)

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