Jamie S. Rich Watches The Watchmen

Jamie S. Rich reports back from That One Movie’s opening night with a killer opener of his own:

I’ve just got back from seeing Watchmen, and I feel like I let Zack Snyder gave me a facial for three hours. And not the good kind that leaves my skin feeling fresh and where I end up looking prettier when it’s done, but the porno kind.     [read Rich’s full review here]

I haven’t made it to the theater myself yet—and I’m very much trying (albeit failing miserably…) to keep an open mind about Snyder’s film—but I’m aware enough of my own bigotries and elitism to know I’ll probably feel much the same way.  Last week, I assigned the graphic novel as the final reading in my Comics & Lit course at Clackamas CC, and my students are required to see the movie within the next 10 days; to say that I’m both excited and terrified to have that final discussion of the term is beyond understatement.  I’ll be posting the audio from that discussion a couple of weeks…stay tuned.

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3 responses to “Jamie S. Rich Watches The Watchmen

  • lena

    facial may be a bit much.

  • Matt Grigsby

    It’s too hard to tell if you’re going to like it or not. Many aspects were great and I really enjoyed it, but there are details I was not fond of (i.e. Richard Nixon’s make up, or the costumes looking like a rip-off from the god awful 90’s Batman movies.) I don’t know… I just had problems with some of the tiny things, but overall I was happy that Snyder cut out some of the excess fat that Moore had in the Graphic Novel.

    I will LOVE to hear what you thought…

  • trevor

    I’m very curious, Matt, to hear what you think is “excess fat” in Moore + Gibbons’ text. For me, Watchmen is so much more than a narrative that I can’t imagine trimming a single panel; it both enacts and erases itself on nearly every level, quite possibly the most ambitious and coherent work of metafiction published in English.

    This is one of my problems with Snyder’s adaptation: because it is concentrating so hard on convincing us that it has been “true” or “faithful” (whatever in the hell those things mean…) to the original comic miniseries, it is largely unaware of itself as a film. Towards the end of Snyder’s film, Ozymandias exclaims, “I’m no comic book supervillian!” This is true, of course, because he isn’t in a comic book; had he said “I’m no movie supervillian,” at least that would have been an entry point into a larger conversation, but Snyder et al don’t strike me as being particularly interested in these more meta ideas because they are too busy aligning camera shots with Gibbons’ panels.

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