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1. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't quite good enough. Fantastic moments are in there, but it's at its best when the director deviates from the book. It doesn't deviate often.*

2. Directors should be fined or slapped when they consider using slo-mo. Actual use of slo-mo should merit a harsher punishment.

3. I think I get what the soundtrack was up to, and I think I'm on board with it.

3a. Jeffery Dean Morgan = definite highlight. (As the only character with a personality, it's a bit of a gimme but credit where credit is due.)

*It begs the question: why bother animating a book with live people? If you're going to spent the time and money to make the movie, make it a movie. I know what the story looks like, now how about telling it to me? Those opening credits were fabulous because they were original.

EDIT: There were lots of bits that I liked (the action sequences where the superheroes acted like superheroes and tore shit up!) but I spent the entire movie with a checklist in my head trying to match up what was on screen and what was in the book. I need to be up in 5 hours to go to class, so maybe I'll be more coherent later. Hopefully.

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Date: 2009-03-06 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shady-lane.livejournal.com
1. I wish this came out before TDK so it could be at the front of the "Deconstruct the Superhero" wave.

2. I wish Terry Gilliam could have directed the mini-series like originally planned, so it would be all fancied up in the Zack Snyder post-MTV prettiness.

3. (& most important of all) every ticket purchased adds another 30 minutes to Zack Snyder's career. And when that's the case, I think everybody loses.

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Date: 2009-03-08 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
I think I like it more now than when I watched it. TDK needs a serious edit. A movie gets a bigger audience than a miniseries, and it's a good story to have shown to the largest possible audience.

o woe iz mee

Date: 2009-03-08 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shady-lane.livejournal.com
I just want things I like to stop sucking when they get popular.

alaz alaz alaz

Date: 2009-03-08 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Yes. Things are better when they're exclusive. If everyone likes it, either they're something wrong with it, or with everyone. I can't take that chance, so I'm going to like nothing.

Re: alaz alaz alaz

Date: 2009-03-08 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shady-lane.livejournal.com
Nah. Things just get more watered-down when they get popular.

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Date: 2009-03-08 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Stupid water. I'm going to track it down and chokeabitch.

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Date: 2009-03-07 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nevalent.livejournal.com
1. True. Certainly not the "awesome" it should or could have been for fans. But, for non-fans of the novel, it *is* pretty awesome. Almost as if loving the comic was a detriment to appreciating the movie, because it was too faithful.

2. True, but I'd make a special case for Snyder. Kinda like a frequent flyer program for director slo-mo slapping. He gets double slapping for his insane overuse.

3. The soundtrack would have been awesome if it had let up for five minutes. Great idea, Zack, but variety is the spice of life.

3a. I'd add Jackie Earle Haley to that list. Sure, there was virtually no difference between movie!Rorschach and book!Rorschach, but did anyone really want there to be? And JEH brought exactly the right style and menace to the role as was desired.

In short, it deserves another shot, if only to get the bad taste out of your mouth. I doubt you'll change you review appreciably, but I think you'll like it as a movie a little more and dislike it as an adaptation a little less.

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Date: 2009-03-07 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
I 100% agree with JEH - there were no quotation marks around his performance. There were too many moments where I was working that mental checklist, but JEH made me forget to pick up my mental pen.

I've also resolved to not watch another movie at midnight like that. I don't know if it was that particular crowd or a fact of all midnight shows, but there were people laughing through (for example) any and all sex scenes (including the interrupted rape). *fumes*

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Date: 2009-03-07 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nevalent.livejournal.com
As good as JEH was as a kid, one has to wonder if the 13 years between movies he suffered before _Little Children_ didn't give him the kind of grounding heartache that has made him the brilliant actor he is today. Whatever it is, I hope it keeps working for him.

Definitely a better crowd at last night's screening. Certainly, no puerile leer and jeering at "naughty parts". (What's that about?!) There was one guy who was a bit cheesed at the crowd, though, asking when the house erupted at Rorschach's "You think I'm locked in with you..." line, "Hasn't anyone read this book?" No one answered out of thoughtfulness to the rest of the crowd, but I wanted to say, "Buddy, it's a good line whether or not you know it's coming." Tool.

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Date: 2009-03-07 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
The "You think I'm locked in with you" line got polite applause because the uber-nerd anal-retentive fanboi crowd was pleased that it was executed well. There was too much reverence from the nerds and too much inability to deal with material in an 18A-rated film from the teenagers who didn't get ID'd ('cause who IDs at a film?).

The best crowd I've seen a film with was the nutters at the Varsity on the opening night of Snakes on a Plane. We had a very good time then. Everyone was into the spirit of it.

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Date: 2009-03-07 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nevalent.livejournal.com
I have to admit, I have never thought of the movie rating system as a way to ensure the crowd's enjoyment of a film in the face of one's inability to cope with the content. But, it really is true, especially in a full theatre, that a bunch of jackass teens who giggle at boobies would ruin the intended experience. I never thought I'd say this, but score a point in favour of the ratings system.

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Date: 2009-03-07 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
It was Dr. Manhattan's, erm, his "Long Island" that caused problems, as well as the grown-up subject matter and the fact that all the dark shit that went down wasn't funny. And awkward sex scenes cause uncomfortable titters, too.

I think I might just dislike kids a whole lot, but I do know for a fact that 19+ concerts are always more fun than all-ages shows. Perhaps the same is true for movie premieres.

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Date: 2009-03-07 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nevalent.livejournal.com
Dr. Manhattan's "Long Island" (lmao) certainly caught the attention of the two gay men who were among the group I took to the showing last night. In general, though, the crowd seemed to just go with it. There were giggles at Dreiburg's "performance anxiety" but Watson's delivery seemed to beg that.

Unfortunately, the most obvious difference between concerts and movie premieres is that movie theatres are quiet, so everyone is stuck listening to the annoying brat's commentary.

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Date: 2009-03-08 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
It was never sympathetic giggles with my audience, and there were cheers when the Comedian was smacking Sally around. Asshats.

And yet you're still able to hear the underage kids at shows loud and clear. I think the first legal drink you have must dial down your volume or something.

(Also: so I was wrong about Kara becoming a hybrid. :P)
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