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Posted on 2009.03.13 at 15:18
Current Music: Butthole Surfers - Cherub
OK, it took me long enough to see it. But I have waited since high school when I read the thing, when it first came out, so, so I could wait until today when Stefanie and I could sneak off and see it.
I liked it! Yeah, yeah, they changed some things. I, personally, would have sat through a five and a half hour version so that they could put in every single little thing, have the pirate comic, more of the New Frontiersman, knot tops and the Halloween thing, but I understand that some concessions have to be made. I missed the squid, but I thought that the revised ending worked fine, and actually made a bit more plot sense.
I am perplexed at the problems that people had with Dr. Manhattan. Newsweek decried his ‘giant blue junk flapping in the breeze,’ but there was very little of that, and anyone who really had a problem with it needs to grow the hell up. It was also perfectly in character; he doesn’t need clothes, and is increasingly completely alienated from any and all sorts of human social conventions that would dictate that he wear them.
There was some serious violence, but frankly, I thought that that went well with part of the main theme, which was imagining what it would be like if there were masked heroes in the real world, and how that would work. In the real world, you don’t just hit or kick someone in the face and they fall over; real life superheroes would be breaking people’s fingers and giving them compound fractures. Likewise, if you kill someone with a butcher knife, you probably have to stab them multiple times with it, and there is likely to be lots of blood. That’s what it would really look like. It wasn’t a cartoon of violence like in Kill Bill, but a more realistic depiction of what it would take.
Some people also didn’t like the slo-mo in the action scenes. I know I just said that it should have realism, but that didn’t bother me. What it made me think of was the weirdness of the fact that in the comic book medium, you have still pictures that depict swift action all the time. I thought that it was playing with that idea.
So I suppose there is more to think about with it, but... yay! I have been waiting for that a long time, and I think they did it proud.


The Hammer of Rhetoric
gislebertus at 2009-03-13 21:06 (UTC) (Link)
Hurray for an Hour-Man icon!

Roger Ebert gave the movie a very positive review, and then posted a rather insightful journal entry about Doc Manhattan and quantum physics. The discussion in the comments, and his responses to them, are worth reading.

Edited at 2009-03-13 09:09 pm (UTC)
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