So Slyde and I had a gays night out yesterday. Guys night out. Guys night out. I meant guys night out. Sigh.
Anyway, we caught an early viewing of Watchmen and we, um, watched it in the newest IMAX theater on Long Island. This, my friends, is the way to, um, watch this film. The IMAX Experience was everything I hoped it would be, and more!
As for the film itself? It was damn near perfect in my eyes. Sure, they cut the "Marooned" storyline and they changed the ending (but stuck to the original intent). And a bunch of really small plotlines were pared down. Only way they could have done it, in my opinion. The Extended Cut DVD will address some of the missing stuff, I'm sure.
But the feel of the original comic-books were there. In full IMAX glory. Rorschach was perfect. The Comedian was perfect. Nite Owl was perfect. Dr. Manhattan was perfect. Ozymandias was damn near perfect. In fact, the only one I had a problem with was Silk Spectre II. She looked the part, but I don't think she was much of an actress. And she sounded much too much like Cameron Diaz for my liking.
This shit could have failed miserably. It should have failed miserably. The comic-book (graphic novel always sounded pretentious to me) was such a high mark in the art form that I always felt a film adaptation would inevitably fail. Zack Snyder proves once again that he is nothing except a director willing to make faithful adaptations of the original source material. Well, except for making zombies fast and super-strong. But that's another story.
So, here is my advice to you:
- Go see it.
- Go see it now!
- Remember to see it in IMAX.
- Go see it in IMAX now!
- Seriously, what the fuck are you waiting for?
- And leave the kids at home. There is lots of blue CGI penis in this one.
- I had you at "blue CGI penis", didn't I?
Watchmen has leapt past The Dark Knight and Iron Man as my favorite comic-book adaptation/superhero film just like that. Shit, it may be one of my all-time favorite films of any genre. I loved it that much!
I can't wait to see it again. And again.
Who watches the Watchmen? You all should.
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. All the costumed heroes are doing it.