Watchmen (2009) IMDb

Subject

Based quite closely on the comic, but whereas in the comic there are two entities with definite superhuman powers, in the film there is only one. Instead of faking an extraterrestrial arrival, Veidt fakes an attack by Dr. Manhattan on several major cities, killing approximately 15 million.

Commentary

Good casting, except of Veidt. Too much ass-kicking with greater strength and endurance all around. Too much famous pop and Wagner on the soundtrack. The use of Glass, on the other hand, is very appropriate.

The ending is significantly less appealing and logical than that of the comic, and there are many minor irritations among the details. Images are exported from the comic for no real reason, such as the graveyard statue. Some of the makeup is poor, including Nixon. On the whole I was surprised at the quality with which Snyder filmed what was designed to be unfilmable, but it could have used a little Glauber Rocha.

References here: Tiger & Bunny (2011).

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Bonus material:

“Tales of the Black Freighter” (2009) IMDb

Categorization

Hypodiegesis.

Commentary

“More – blood! More – blood!”

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Bonus material:

“Under the Hood” (2009) IMDb

Commentary

Like the Dawn of the Dead (2004) newscast material: clearly inferior in style to the movie, and feeling partly cobbled together. There’s a fictional, very poor commercial, and random real ones. The appearance of incidental characters from the main story is also unfortunate.

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