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Posted 06 March 2008 - 02:49 PM
Posted 06 March 2008 - 02:58 PM
I think if I had a choice between a subtle reinventing of the comic's basic premise or something more along the lines of "Watchmen Babies in V for Vacation!" I'd prefer the latter over the former.
Posted 07 March 2008 - 10:20 AM
To clarify : I'd rather the filmmakers just miss the point of the book and toss up something completely out-of-place than have them try to reinvent or adjust the material for the silver screen in some half-clever way that'll probably fly over the heads of the movie's audience. I prefer to be disgusted rather than disappointed.
However - as per the following post quoted from The Beat - you might be absolutely correct :
03/6/08 at 11:46 am
ďI think Alanís work is absolutely groundbreaking and whether he sat down to do that or not, thatís what he did. I think that for me, itís about adapting that great work into a movie, but itís also certainly about making a film that does hopefully to the cinematic superhero genre, what the book did to the comic book world. Itís my hope and my intent to shine a light on the current state of superhero movies and what they mean to pop culture, and what they mean to people who enjoy them, and comic book fans.Ē
From an interview with Zack Snyder here.
So, uh, good for you.
Posted 27 May 2008 - 11:42 AM
I'm starting to assume that Watchmen will follow the example of Johnny Depp's From Hell. The set design and general atmosphere will perfectly capture the mood of the original text while the rest will completely miss it.
Posted 07 June 2008 - 11:34 AM
Sometimes I read what other people think and a little piece of me just runs away screaming never to return.
Watchmen a cartoon? Sin City sucked? Oh God, I think I'm having an aneurysm.
Every time I see comments like these about other people's opinions of movies or books or TV shows or whatever, I always wonder if the commenters also consider people who don't like the same food as them insane or stupid. "What? You don't like Pecan PIE? A little piece of my just ran away screaming never to return!" "What? You don't like cheeseburgers? Oh God, I think I'm having an aneurysm!"
It's called taste, people. If we all had exactly the same taste then everything would be exactly the same. Which is obvious, but what's less obvious is why most of us are more judgmental about some taste differences (movies, books, music, clothes, etc) and most people not at all about others (food, weather, pets, etc).
Posted 08 June 2008 - 09:56 AM
My thing wasn't about taste. It was about stupidity. Stupid standards of judgment, stupid comparisons between entirely different kinds of work, the stupidity inherent in almost every word in the post to which I was replying.
Treq was beeeeeening stupid. And, sometimes, when people are stupid I say things like that to them.
Posted 08 June 2008 - 03:16 PM
Also, the medium between Watchmen and Sandman is exactly the same, so in what way am I being stupid in comparing them? Yes, the story is different. Yes, the aims are different. I personally prefer Sandman, which is basically a treatise on stories themselves, rather than Watchmen, which most would agree is a treatise on comic books themselves. They are both fine works, and I enjoyed Watchmen immensely.
In my opinion, Sandman is the greatest comic book ever written. A great many people would agree with me. A great many other people would say Watchmen would take that title, in as much as a title can be granted. A further great many people would say The Dark Knight Returns, or any one of a hundred other titles. That's fine. I didn't insult anyone for not agreeing with me, and I didn't insult anyone's intelligence either.
Everything R.Callen didn't like about my post was about personal taste, not intelligence or stupidity, in essence calling me stupid because my personal preference differed to his. So who is the one being stupid here?
Posted 09 June 2008 - 03:37 PM
Posted 11 June 2008 - 01:42 PM
Also, the medium between Watchmen and Sandman is exactly the same, so in what way am I being stupid in comparing them? Yes, the story is different. Yes, the aims are different.
Length. Sandman is a series of interconnected graphic novellas told over in chapter-by-chapter form. It's like a TV series with individual episodes which make up seasons which then are the entire series as a whole. In this analogy, Watchmen would be either a single movie or (if you really want to stretch things) a miniseries.
The leap you have to make to compare one to the other is a leap that I call stupid. Other things off the top of my head which I thought were stupid about your original post : that stuff about the characters not 'grabbing' you, you writing Dark Night Returns instead of the proper title, and the way you smell.
I feel that ShadowDog equating a like or dislike for a book to a like or dislike of pecan pie was pretty stupid. Many people approach food with a sort of instinctive and unconsidered reactionary involvement without too much critical evaluation. They like what they like without thinking too much about what they like about it. To be fair, plenty of people do the exact same thing with books/movie/whatever. And plenty of folks (food critics, chefs, gourmands, fatties) probably apply a similar level of thought and distinction to their choice of what to eat and why they like it as the Internet does to the various problems with the Star Wars prequels.
I forgot my point. Whatever.