As a recent (2008) reader of the book (1985), I carried a confident recall into the Metreon last Thursday night. Of course, my scrutiny could never match the fanboys. Watchmen books in white-knuckle hands, they were cramming, you might say, for this midnight premiere. The more casual opinion?
Aside from inevitably snipped storytelling elements (the pirate comic sub-story, for example), it’s amazingly thorough in both detail and tone. I’ve since read reviews criticizing length (too much) and content (too little)…at the same time. What? Personally, I was giddy at the news of a 3:20 “ultimate” version to come on DVD/BD. (Hello, Spartacus!) I want more of everything…except the slow-mo.
For instance, Nite Owl II is a major player, but non-readers won’t understand the origin of the character. More! The genesis of the Keane Act is vague. More! Silk Spectre II. More! The idea of this movie was deemed impossible by many and shrugged at by even more. I love that it’s a big-budget movie. The moral questions are wrenching. The actors are largely low-pro, easier to dissociate from previous roles. The darkness and spirit are extant, even pulsing, and most importantly it should be seen in the theater. Ditch the 19-inch, Craigslist freebie for the night (I did) and treat yourself to the IMAX experience.
- Andy Ritchie