Okay, so I went to see that little movie based on some four-color funny book that just hit theaters, "Watchmen," and maybe it was the inundation that comes along with every big-budget movie like this, but when ...
The 18 minutes of "Watchmen" footage reaffirmed what I already anticipated - "Watchmen" is brilliant. Dave Gibbons, co-creator and illustrator of the "Watchmen" graphic novel, discussed with the audience how director Zack Snyder incorporated a combination of scenes both in and outside of the comic book to create a better visual picture for all audiences to appreciate. I was awed how, within the first 10 minutes of footage, "Watchmen" had managed to establish the idea of "the Doomsday clock is always five minutes to midnight" and the fact the film takes place in an alternate time where Nixon is still president.
Everyone is watching the Watchmen--or rather, everyone is watching the dueling studios 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers as the fate of the highly-anticipated film is gradually shrouded in uncertainty and confusion. With Rorschach, the Comedian, Silk Specter, Nite Owl, and the rest of Alan Moore and David Gibbons' brilliant cast so tantalizingly close to the silver screen, fans and film-lovers alike are anxious over the conflict. Will there be "Watchmen" on the night of March 6th, the day of the film's scheduled release? Or will the conflict remain unresolved, as many fear, and result in postponement or even cancellation?
Director Zack Snyder tried to stay as true to the original story as a two-and-a-half-hour movie can to a 416 page novel. "Making a movie about the war on terror and [modern politics] seemed really wrong in a lot of ways to me," said Snyder. "It's cooler if people go, 'Oh hey, this makes me think,' instead of me telling people what to think."