The Last Person to Watch the Watchmen...
Yes, yes, I know... I'm really late on seeing "Watchmen", but... I had to fix my car, dammit. Plus, I hate going to the movies alone, it's always better with a friend, especially one you know will appreciate it. So, who better to go with than my best friend who has fangirled over this movie so much, she's seen it three times already.
Jen and I went to a noon matinee showing of "Watchmen" at Maverick's theater in Moorpark. Now, Maverick's is an interesting theater. I've never seen a movie theater lobby double as a gym before. Now, if they could combine movie watching with working out, more people would get their asses to the gym.
Trailers we got were for the new "Terminator" which actually looks pretty good. "Angels And Demons" which I am pretty meh about. I'm blanking out on the rest.
Now, as for "Watchmen". It couldn't have been done better. I liked it. I liked it a lot. I know some might end up crucifying me for this, but as far as my ranking comic book movies goes, I think I'd place it just below "The Dark Knight". I thought it was that good.
Rorschach stole the show, he was just brilliant. A perfect translation between from the page to the silver screen. Jackie Earle Hayle was brilliant. It takes talent for someone that tiny to be that intimidating.
I liked Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl. While I still think that John Cussack would have made a great Dan, Patrick really brought him to life. A good man, trying to do the right thing in a horrible world. He was such a geek, he was great.
Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre II was okay. I thought she was the weakest of the cast, but she wasn't anywhere near as bad as other reviews have led me to believe. While she wasn't ideal casting, she didn't take me out of the movie at all the way Kirsten Dunst and Katie Holmes did.
Oh, and that sex scene, well... Hallelujah!
Billy Crudup was terrific as Dr. Manhattan. While his voice wasn't as deep as I imagined it, it worked for me. Worked better for me. Jon Osterman was a regular guy who became God. I liked that behind all that he was still a human being.
BTW, I don't get all the people going on and on and on about his penis. It's nothing worth going on about and it's only really there if you're looking for it. I like big, blue dong jokes as much as the next guy, but the people just obsessing over it, well, I wonder about them. Because this was not very intrusive. It's just a penis.
Matthew Goode as Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias was also a pleasant surprise. He was another one that I heard complaints about, but, I totally bought him as a genius who believed he knew what was best for everyone. He oozed arrogance.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan was a delightful Fascist monster as the Comedian. I look at him and say to myself, he is everything that is wrong with my gender. He was terrific.
But, another surprise for me had to be Carla Gugino as Sally Jupiter. I liked her a lot. Even when she was old, she was a really sexy couger. I almost think she would have been a better Silk Spectre II than Malin. At the end of the movie, when she slaps Dan on the ass, Jen leans over to me and tells me that is going to be her in a few decades... something I was totally thinking anyway.
It was a great movie.
But, it wasn't perfect. I thought the make-up on Richard Nixon was embarrassing. Considering that "Frost/Nixon" just came out, that was inexcusable.
And a little annoyance, not a flaw, but a moment from the graphic novel that I enjoyed and wish made it in was Adrian asking Jon if he did the right thing, and Jon saying that nothing ends. We got the line later from Laurie to Dan, but I missed that moment.
I liked the new ending. I think it made more sense than the squid, and it gave Dr. Manhattan more of a reason to exile himself. Besides, Veidt's device kind of resembled the squid anyway.
Now, is the graphic novel better? Of course it is. The book is always better. Always. But "Watchmen" was a pretty damn good movie also.
And isn't going to the movies to see a pretty damn good movie the point? I can't wait for the big Blu-ray set.
So, went to see a pretty damn good movie with my best friend. I'd say that more than qualifies this as a good day.