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17 July 2008

Watchmen trailer. I still don't know how that whole story will get crammed into one movie, but I'm optimistic.
I don't know if it's the CGI or what, but it seems like all action movies have the same look anymore- kind of shiny and plasticky. Watchmen wasn't like any other comic up to that time, and I guess it's a little unfair to expect the movie to be groundbreaking as well, but... it does make me a little sad.

(Also, using a Smashing Pumpkins song that was done for one of those awful Schumacher Batman movies is a very, very weird soundtrack choice.)
posted by BoringPostcards 17 July | 18:08

More excited than I should be about this.

Dog Carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'Save us!' And I'll look down, and whisper 'no.'
posted by seanyboy 17 July | 18:10
I haven't read those comics since high school and I recognized pretty much every scene. That's possibly a good thing?

(Yes, that was a weird soundtrack choice, but I'm glad the trailer did not end with creepy child-whisper: "Who watches the Watchmen?")
posted by crush-onastick 17 July | 18:41
I was just wondering about this film not 5 min before I came back here and saw this link. I guess they're going to run it with Batman?
posted by Eideteker 17 July | 18:54
Dammit, I can't find my copy anywhere. Do you have it?
posted by eamondaly 17 July | 21:15
Looks like the trailer was pulled from Empire, but Apple's scooped them - it's here.
posted by Zack_Replica 17 July | 21:35
I wish it didn't have that 300 "slow motion action setup with fast resolution" thing going on, that got old in 300 well before they stopped using it.

Actually I really wish they weren't doing this at all. Watchmen was a critique of superhero comic books, how does that even translate at all? If they were super clever, and actually willing to take a risk, they could have made this a critique of superhero comic book movies. But that I think would require some pretty major changes and you'd have to get Moore involved for that to work.
posted by kodama 17 July | 23:07
I'm sorry they didn't go Lord of the Rings and make three movies, to be parceled out over a short while. You just can't put the whole story into 90 minutes.
posted by crush-onastick 18 July | 08:00
After sleeping on it, and reading kodama's comment, I'm hoping that maybe the fact that they recycled a song from one of the worst superhero movies ever is a sign that there WILL be some meta-commentary going on in this movie. (Hoping for commentary in a movie by the guy who did "300" is asking a lot, I know.)

crush-onastick, that idea is BRILLIANT. If they'd done one movie for every four chapters of the story, that would have been phenomenal.
posted by BoringPostcards 18 July | 08:04
Yes, they showed the Watchmen trailer at the midnight showing of The Dark Knight I went to. (Aside: in my mid-thirties, I got the impression I was one of the oldest people in the nearly full theater. Is going to midnight movies one of those things I was supposed to have grown out of by now?)

And my response was much like crush-onastick's: recognized every scene, despite not having read it in many years, which I'm taking as a good sign.
posted by DevilsAdvocate 18 July | 11:55
I don't know why everyone groans at "300". He did a pretty admirable job of translating that from book to the screen: it just happened to be a lousy book. Pretty, but content-free.

Anyway, thanks to Batman, I think he's got 2.5 hours to tell the story. I'm pretty confident that's doable.
posted by eamondaly 18 July | 15:54
eamon: did you get your hands on a copy? If not, I'll look around and see if I can't find my copy of the tradepub.

When I was in high school, a boyfriend banded together with all his buddies to get me a full set of first editions of the issues of Watchment. I know where those are, but can't get to them easily.
posted by crush-onastick 18 July | 16:16
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