Watchmen’s Introduction In Full

12 Mar

A five minute masterpiece, it sets the story in the alternate 1985 well, introduces the characters, shows the downfall of heroes, and the public’s turn against them.  The song choice couldn’t have been better, as Dylan’s cadence and lyrics fit into the story perfectly. The rest of the movie have been a bit jumbled and slow at parts, the unnecessary bullet-time distracting, somehow old heroes were third-degree black belts, and the ending changed, but the first five minutes were utterly flawless. I was a hero goddammit!

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4 Responses to “Watchmen’s Introduction In Full”

  1. Brian March 12, 2009 at 7:31 am #

    Want to watch the kids so i can go see it?

  2. Chris March 12, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    Yeah, overall I thought it was about as good a film adaptation as could be made from Watchmen, but I didn’t understand why they had Dan and Laurie beating up SO MANY goons and with SUCH brutality. I guess it was just to work in more action sequences, but to have them be so amazing at hand-to-hand combat really changes their characters considerably, and making their violence against criminals so brutal really neuters the brutality we see from Rorschach and the Comedian.

    It’s an important distinction in the story that those characters are so willing to kill; meanwhile Dan and Laurie are breaking off limbs and wantonly killing knot tops who try to mug them. It seems to me an unnecessary and odd change to make, apparently motivated only by a desire to get more violence and more fighting into the movie.

  3. The Red Tornado March 12, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    that does seem contrary to the book. In the book when they get attacked by the knot tops they barely manage to defend themselves and are visibly huffing and puffing afterwards.

    Despite my better instincts I just watched the opening sequence and I do agree that it is very well done. My only hesitation is having the comedian shoot JFK but other than that it covers a lot of what is in the appendices of the comic and borrows a lot from the Under the Hood novel excepts.

    BTW- that part where you see Dollar Bill shot is when his cape gets caught in a revolving door. The Incredibles later stole that whole idea of a cape being too dangerous for a superhero to have in real life.

  4. dajafi March 12, 2009 at 10:49 pm #

    Should be interesting to see if the deleted stuff–more than an hour of it I think–has the same violence-to-exposition ratio.

    I did enjoy the movie.

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