March 20, 2009

I saw the Watchmen film last night, and yes, I enjoyed it.  There were some things about it that could have been better, its true, but overall it was an intelligent bit of Sci Fi with a superb soundtrack featuring, amongst others, Jimi Hendrix and Philip Glass .

But let’s be honest.  The reasons this film didn’t work as well as we hoped weren’t the fault of the director, but rather of the original graphic novel. Face it, the film was never going to capture the attention to detail of the original book, nor would the viewer ever be given the leisure to pick up on the subtle clues that were hidden amongst the frames and the prose of the comic strip.  The movie had to focus on the story, and to its credit it did that, even improving on some of the things that never sat right in the original.  (For example, that automatic door that trapped Jon Osterman.  If you believe that the scientists would rig up such a dangerous device,then surely Jon would have been aware of its imminent closure when he went to fetch his watch.  And, in the prison riot scene, I never understood  how cutting the henchman’s throat helped Big Figure could get at Rorschach)  Above all, I was never quite convinced by the ending of the book, and I thought the film’s ending was slightly (slightly) more believable.

Is that too negative?  I don’t want to be.  Watchmen the comic was a stunning achievement on so many levels, but that wasn’t to say it didn’t have some flaws.  

All I’m saying is, let’s not blame the film for not living up to what we wanted it to be.