Stag Lord said:
Well =- i have to admit that I am kind of pumped to see this movie. There is no way the film adaptation can capture the depth and nuance of the comics, but the visual mpact should still be there.
I do wionder if the movie will pack much of a punch thematically. As i have emntioned here on these boards before - re-reading the books left me a little underwhelmed. The urgency and immediacy of the plot had been diminished with the passage of time and real life events.
See, I don't see it in the same light. The story brings me back to the 80s, and the cold war paranoia (which, in many ways, is similar to the threat of terrorim today, or even the posible resurgence of a "super-power" Russia, as Putin seems to be bent on). I had this same quick discussion with a guy I work with today who also brought up the 80s Cold War bit, and I related it to 1984 -- just because we have progressed past the time of the story, doesn't mean the story itself is any less impactful.
The whole reason for Veidt's actions to bring about peace are all based on the idea of Mutual Assured Destruction, which is definetly a Cold War/80's concept. Yet the history of the characters, the themes they represent, the innovations of the story -- and here I refer primarily to things like the interwoven Black Freighter meta-story, the end of chapter supplemental materials, the near subliminal repetition of the blood on smily face image reflected in everything from coffee cups to snow globes -- these are the thigns tht make the comic timeless. And, ultimately, what makes the original story itself unfilmable. Thus, any film version of Watchmen is simply a re-imagining of the story. And that's fine with me.
There were plenty of people involved with the prject who wanted to update the movie to the modern day, to set it against the War on Terror instead of the Cold War. heck, I wasted hours figuring out the ways to do this in the story. You don't have to change anything about the outcome of the story, just the reason why Veidt feels he has to force the world to accept peace. But then it really wouldn't be Watchmen.
I'm glad that Zack has taken the view that he needs to keep as many elements as possible for the movie. I'm a little saddened that we won't see the Giant Squid in the film (just like I was disappointed that Galactus was just a cloud of Space Dust and not some gigantic humanoidal figure in the last FF film), but I want to see what Zack and team came up with. About 12-15 years I picked up a bootleg script writen by Sam Hamm from a previous attempt at making the film -- and it was horrendous! It changed so much about the characters, totally ignored the Sally-Eddie-Laurie triangle that was such an integral part of the story, and the ending was all about Veidt trying to change time to stop Jon from becoming Dr. Manhattan (and the worst ending I have ever read). But what I have seen about this movie gives me great hope.
Watchmen is my favorite comic book of all time. I re-read it last July, and everytime I do this I discover something new abot the story, or something I forgot. I have suggested this comic to many people -- some don't "get it" right away, and stop reading after a few issues. But even people who weren't born when the story was first written by the end understand the story, and are blown away by it. It may have lost something over time, but I don't think the story itself suffers for being tied into the 80s. And I fully expect this movie to be awesome!