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Oh for fuck's sake, enough with the Watchmen posts already . . . 
Friday, March 20th, 2009 | 08:45 pm [comics, video]
Last Watchmen related article for awhile, honest injun. At least until I see the film again tomorrow. Until then . . .

You have probably read myself and Rick Rottman of Bent Corner making mention of Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic, which was released on DVD by Warner Premiere a few days before the film opened in theaters. I thought the film was outstanding and had a better ending than the comic, but watching the motion comic has reminded me of one or two things the original does better in its own right. One that jumps out at me is this clip, the motion comic version of Rorschach’s “he saw the true face of the twentieth century” monologue about the Comedian.

Good stuff. Check it out.

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 | 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'll preface this by saying that I did enjoy the movie. However, a lot of people have said that the movie's ending is better and I can't see why for the life of me. I'll agree that the theory of the 'Manhattan Bomb' works better for film than the squid would simply because the squid would take too long to explain. However, for me the power of the ending comes from the fact that every supporting character you come to like in the comic is violently eradicated. The movie cuts out just about every supporting character and makes it a bloodless CGI explosion that we've seen 100 times before. It seems odd to me that the movie takes great pains to make every action scene far more violent and then goes PG when the violence matters most to the themes of the story.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 | 01:09 am (UTC)
I agree with you that getting to know the supporting characters like the cab driver and her girlfriend, the newsstand guy, the kid reading the comic, Rorschach's shrink, etc., gives the finale more impact in the comic, but I also think they were a necessary sacrifice, otherwise the film would have run even longer — and as much as I love the movie, even I wonder if maybe the rolling flashbacks at the Comedian's funeral would have been handled more efficiently . . . there's just so much shit to get to, some things had to be left out.

I think the moral choices the heroes are forced to make in the aftermath of Veidt's act of mass murder are enough to give the ending meaning. And Dr. Manhattan killing Rorschach works whether we've gotten to know some of the "little people" who were victims of the attack or not.
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