Ok, the Watchmen movie wasn’t as bad as the title of this post would imply, but it wasn’t exactly as great as my expectations. However, considering the massive odds against it, the hype, and my own conceits, Zach Snyder’s take on the book was, in many ways, true to its original nature, if also a shallower version of the Alan Moore book. (Then again, try cramming all that moralist and down-to-earth-human perspective into a Hollywood film, and you’d be lucky to produce the same film.) I realize many folks considered the narrative “unfilmable” for various reasons, but viewing the movie I thought one aspect that could never really transfer that well is dialogue; Snyder’s direction and a couple of actor gaffes aside, the words Moore made for the graphic novel just don’t transfer that well to the same… they don’t have the same spark on screen that they do on page and on certain occasions appear a little naive.
Other than that, for a 2 hour, 45 minute film, I sat in rapt attention, which is a feat considering the weighty subjects as told through a Hollywood blockbuster. If only the soundtrack wasn’t so… well, terrible. But if that’s the worst problem a movie has, then so be it. And poor My Chemical Romance for covering Bob Dylan… or should I say poor Bob Dylan… or poor viewers/listeners…
My Chemical Romance – “Desolation Row” (Bob Dylan cover):