Apr. 17th, 2009 12:37 pm
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Today I am writing an essay about Alan Moore for class. I am actually having Stendahl paroxyms looking at Watchmen. It's like a combination between a panic attack and an orgasm. It feels really bizarre.

I've always been really affected by the book, but I'm having a really hard time writing about it. Reason being that there is so much to notice, built into the structure and the art. I'm overwhelmed by how many ways the book works. It gets me agitated and light-headed when I start to unpack it. It is hard to focus when you are hyperventilating.

This is why I will not see the movie. It can't work the same way. It might be a perfectly viable movie (I don't know, Hodge said it wasn't as bad as most Moore adaptations at least) but it just can't be the astonishing work of art the book is.

on 2009-04-18 05:48 am (UTC)
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They tried. I like how they slowed down and focused on certain scenes to give it that graphic novel feel. A lot of the subtle nuances of the books were missing, though. Not so much that it took away from the overall story, but it was still bothersome to notice.

Still, I'm sure I'll be buying it when it comes out on video.

on 2009-04-20 01:03 am (UTC)
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Given that Watchmen was in many ways the apotheosis of both the superhero comic form and the nine panel grid, it was pretty much impossible for the movie to live up to all of the ways in which the graphic novel excelled, even if they'd tried to make the story exploit the inherent qualities of film (which they didn't, at least not to any appreciable degree). It certainly didn't stoop to the level of the execrable LXG, and it does some things better than V for Vendetta, but it's more of an abridged version of the graphic novel than an effective adaptation.

That said, the opening credits are a pretty amazing work of visual exposition.

on 2009-04-20 10:17 pm (UTC)
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I thought that while the film was probably the best they could do with a movie adaptation, I still felt like someone had ripped the soul out of a close personal friend and was now puppeting their husk - sure it looks like them and sounds like them, but there's something intangibly essential about them that's missing.

on 2009-04-20 06:11 am (UTC)
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I feel for you. It is something like: "Say, zenithblue, could you toss off a few thousand words about the Enlightenment? Kthxbye."


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