March 6th, 2009

movie popcorn

Watching Watchmen

Saw it at a midnight screening last night with uncle_dan_nyc. Speaking as a non-fan, it was pretty good. L-o-n-g, so watch your fluid intake or wear a diaper. Good special effects. Great art direction and period touches. Nice use of Philip Glass compositions in the soundtrack. Blue penises. Too much gratuitous violence. Hardly any laughs. Some flabby and slow parts in the first 90 minutes. Pretty sex negative when you deconstruct it – a cameo lesbian couple gets brutally murdered, an effete character (hinted to be a gay pedophile) may be a villain. One strong female character, but she spends most of the movie fussing about her relationships with men. Nice to see Matt Frewer (Max Headroom) again (that makes twice this week, I watched A Home at the End of the World last weekend). Won’t be a big hit – too dark, too dystopian, too thinky, not enough spectacle. Even with a packed house of fan-boys for the first screening, there was no cheering or applause or big group catharsis -- just a sense of relief at the end that it was over and that it didn't stink. Big coming attractions we got to see included Wolverine, Star Trek, and Terminator Salvation. Surprisingly, Terminator looked like the best of the bunch.