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July 17, 2008

Watchmen Trailer

Okay, so I'm still interested in this movie, despite how boring and ponderous the trailer is.

The Smashing Pumpkins dickhead droning on and on doesn't help.

The comic is way overpraised (Rorshach is interesting enough, but of course he's just The Question with a different mask, and otherwise the comic is meh), but it's directed by Zack Snyder, who did 300 and Dawn of the Dead, and he hasn't made a less-than-good movie yet.

Cut a better trailer, dudes.

I think the problem is that the trailer is selling these nice, otherworldly visuals as the fim's main selling point. But we've seen nice, otherworldly visuals like that a hundred times before. They're trying (by tone and music) to make it seem like "not another superhero movie," more like a French arthouse flick; but the visuals they're showing are strictly conventional by this point.

Showing Dr. Manhattan's origin for fifteen seconds? Which is just like a million other ordinary-man-gets-splashed-with-exotic-chemicals-and-infused-with-weird-radiation origins? How does that advance the ball down the field?

Seems to me if they want to sell it as a superhero movie, they should ditch the Smashing Pumpkin douchebag and the ponderous pace of the editing and emphasize flash and action, and if they want to sell it as not a superhero movie, they should do a better job of showing off what makes the Watchmen different.

From what we see here, it's no different than the Justice League. Except with superheroes you never heard of wearing goofier-than-usual costumes. It's like they decided that people were bored of silly but fun superhero movies, and also bored of downer, brooding movies, so they figured they do a hybrid silly but brooding downer of a superhero movie. What's the audience for that?

Thanks to Z Ryan.

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posted by Ace at 07:50 PM

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