Originally Posted by frazod
Perhaps I'm better off not knowing what a Marilyn Manson avatar says about you.
? That I enjoy his music? Or better, I enjoy his opinions expressed in interviews, especially his opinions about self expression (and art).
Back to Watchmen.
I want you to know that I am not mocking you or faulting you for enjoying Watchmen the movie. Honestly, you need to read the comic if you liked the movie so much.
First off the comic was written by Alan Moore, one of, if not the greatest comic authors ever. The comic was written as a critique of comics as a medium, and how you can use that medium to express ideas and push a story. That is what makes the passing of time with Dr. Manhattan so phenomenal when you see it on paper... one page it is 1945, the next it is the 80's or one cell is '45 the next is '80. All the while almost every single cell in the comic is a mirror of another cell on another page. Moore is known for doing crazy detailed structural shit with his comics. In a way this gives a visual feel to the comic that you have seen this before, that time is cyclical, the past repeats itself, etc.
In the comic the tone of the story is so much darker. On each page it feels like the end of the world might be on the next page. In the movie the showing of the doomsday clock really doesn't mean shit... you just gloss over it, there is no real foreboding feeling of impending doom. This is Snyder's doing. This is what happens in all his movies evidently. Damn, the movies may be pretty to look at, but they really forget to bring the story/plot/depth along for the ride. Snyder actually ****s up the visual of the movie by removing most of the refuse and garbage from the comic. The streets and sidewalks should have been trash covered, not just dirty. It is supposed to be New York city on the verge of social collapse, not NYC after a missed trash day. The NYC in this film should have looked more like the city in "Blade Runner."
This is getting long, sorry.
The characters were shallow versions of what the source material gave. Rorschach wasn't the primary focus of the comic, but that is fine. However, the comic version is so much better... so much more ****ed up, dark, and psychotic. Ozymandias is supposed to be the All America superhero. Part Clark Kent, part Bruce Wayne/Batman. He was supposed to be a supreme physical male specimen. Instead he was portrayed as possibly the most feminine of all the characters, even more so than the barely clad women.
The story, movie or film based, is cool. It is a noir style whodunnit set in the past using aging super heroes as the cast of characters. Unfortunately the movie was just average. Snyder didn't take advantage of the amazing source material, and instead opted to do what he always does, makes a shiny pretty movie with some slow-mo shots.