Monday, July 28, 2008

WATCHMEN:The Trailer is the Beginning is the End

I wanted to post more of my thoughts about this last week, but was just too busy at the office. You can check it out on the official site, but I also found a slightly better version of the trailer on YT and put it below just for kicks. Watch it again, won't you?

Simply put, the trailer is great. It delivers exactly what I hoped and would have expected to see from Snyder's production. So far just about everything I've seen from this production has captured the look and feel of the source material almost EXACTLY.

Sure, bitch about Ozymandias' costume or less than hunky stature; bitch that the 1985 Comedian isn't pudgy enough; bitch that you already know Snyder's ending will be different than the comic. But there's so much other stuff in the details that IS right, it more than makes up for it.

Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, New York - 1985, the drop of blood on the Smiley Face, Rorschach, Nite Owl's vehicle breaking out of the East River, Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan's crystalline structure rising up on Mars (yes, I know it looks subtley different from the comic, but is it germaine? No.)

I love that the music they selected for the trailer (which works very, very well for this trailer) was part of the soundtrack for Batman & Robin, the fourth and final movie that drove the stake into in the original Batman movie series (thank you WB and Joel Schumacher!) Ironic that they decided on music from one of the most laughable, often considered the most cartoonish and overblown superhero movies in modern cinema (the only Batman movie that didn't even make it's production budget back in gross domestic box office receipts,) in a trailer for a movie that essentially turns the "comic book superhero" notion on its head.

Snyder, you done right so far. Don't let us down.

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