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Against my own expectations, I went to see Watchmen.
I thought 300 was particularly boring, and while I really tried to see the humor in promoting Watchmen with the tagline: "From the visionary director of 300", I thought, to say the least, that it was a terrible marketing strategy...
But I went to the theater anyways.
It was much better than 300. I thought the visionary director's task of adapting Watchmen to a movie was impossible, and as usual, the source material is better than the film adaption. In this case, I felt the source material is 300 billion times better than the film adaption.
While I won't pretend to be illuminated enough to understand the visionary director's... well, vision, I think the main ingredients are:
* Mtv-style videos. Like this, for example: [link]
* Playstation games
* Red paint
And now you can be a visionary too!
I was reminded of "Street Fighter", with Van Damme, while I was seeing Watchmen, with the difference that when I saw that movie I cared a bit more about the characters.
In 12 issues of the comic, Moore and Gibbons created and developed characters that were much more believable than characters that had been published for decades, and I didn't feel that was translated to the movie.
I think this actually has a lot to do with the "Batman" style costumes, which look ridiculous if one has pretensions of doing a movie based in the "real world". Yep, I know, movies aren't real... but there was a "realistic" side in the comic that I wasn't able to see here, though there are references to real life events and people (David Bowie and Mick Jagger included).
After seeing this movie, I came to the conclusion that, at least for me, superheroes only work in comics. Tim Burton's Batman movies being the exception(s) that confirms the rule.
From a realistic point of view though (movies are made to make tons of money), I think the people who hasn't read the comic and likes movies with superheroes in it are going to like it, which probably is what VD was going for with Watchmen and knew beforehand that a decent adaptation wasn't possible. If that's the case, then he did a good job, as I think the movie is designed to appeal to that audience, which is okay, you can't please everyone.
Having read the comic, I left the theater admiring Alan Moore even more for refusing to have his good name in the credits.