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Offline Sprry75

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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #135 on: March 7, 2009, 06:28 AM »
I saw it last night, and really liked it a lot.  I saw it with a friend who had never read the comic, and I think he was just lost (and I think he expected a Fantastic Four or X-Men type of movie) though.

I could kind of tell that there was not only a lot of the comic story left out, but that there are things that were filmed that were left out.  I expect that the seven and a half hour director's cut release will be a little more congruent. For the most part, though, I think that capturing as much of the book as they were able to do was quite an achievement.

I also have to say, I thought the modified ending worked well in the movie.

The only complaints I have are that Matthew Goode sounded like the goofy priest from The Princess Bride at times, and some of the old people make-up (e.g., Sally Jupiter, Nixon) looked kind of bad. 

The Dr. Manhattan effects were great inasmuch as I never really thought of him as an effect.

Rorschach and Comedian could not have been cast any better, and I lost count of how many ways Malin Ackerman is hot.



I've already got tickets to see it later today in IMAX.  ;D
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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #136 on: March 7, 2009, 10:16 AM »
Didn't love it, didn't hate it. I think they did as good a job as they could have. Jackie Earle Haley was masterful though.
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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #137 on: March 7, 2009, 02:44 PM »
I thought it was great...especially in IMAX!

I thought the modified ending was good, but they could've gone with the original comic plot and not had to add too much to the movie.

Still...it was enjoyable.
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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #138 on: March 7, 2009, 03:37 PM »
Just got back from it. Very enjoyable. I went into it blind, never reading the comic or knowing the story really in any way. I sure didn't expect that much porking and full frontal blue dong at 10:45am but I didn't mind it. But I'm sure the husband and wife with their 2 small (under 12) kids were taken aback by it.

Rorschach was definitely my favorite character and I liked the Comedian, except for when he was kicking the **** out of Silk Spectre that was a little much for me. Music selection was a little distracting at times where it didn't sound "period correct" but the whole story was of a different timeline so I quickly got past it.

Overall I'd give it a solid 3.5 out of 4 stars.
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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #139 on: March 7, 2009, 05:25 PM »
This was a very "different" movie.  I liked it, but it was odd.  Rorschach was a ******* bad ass.  I LOVED his character.  Doctor Manhattan is a mystery.  The comedian should have been in the entire movie versus what happend.  It started so beautifully with him.  Left the theatre with many questions - as a non comic reader.

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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #140 on: March 7, 2009, 07:50 PM »
I sure didn't expect that much porking and full frontal blue dong at 10:45am but I didn't mind it. But I'm sure the husband and wife with their 2 small (under 12) kids were taken aback by it.

Too bad for them.  That's why you don't take kids into R-rated movies.

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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #141 on: March 7, 2009, 11:32 PM »
Just got back as well.  I hadn't read the story before, and I loved it.

There were some pretty bad effects (and a lot of good ones) but overall I really enjoyed it.  I'm going back sometime later in the month.

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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #142 on: March 8, 2009, 10:55 AM »
Just got back as well.  I hadn't read the story before, and I loved it.


Neat to hear that perspective. Now go get the novel from Target.
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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #143 on: March 9, 2009, 08:00 PM »
Like Rob, I didn't know anything about the graphic novel before I saw the movie.  I really liked it, thougt it was very entertaining.

I lost count of how many ways Malin Ackerman is hot.




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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #144 on: March 10, 2009, 08:48 PM »
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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #145 on: March 11, 2009, 11:02 AM »
I wonder if this movie will make any money. Over the weekend it made $55 million which is pretty good but still short of 300's $71 million with half as many screens. I have a feeling that 300 made it money because of its, then unique, visual style. That style has been done to death since. I know its a fanboy-type movie but I think everyone else will be totally confused. The trailers said absolutely nothing about what it is about. Is it a xmen-type movie? These are not mainstream characters like Batman or Superman. Personally I've never heard of or seen this comic book before until now. I think for the non-fanboy, there isn't a defined good guy and bad guy to grasp on to. It does sound interesting though but I don't see it living up to the hype. Maybe it will do really well in Europe.

On a side note, I was checking out a site on Atari ST computer magazines published in Europe and they had a cover from 1989 talking about getting the hot details on the new Watchman movie and video game. Twenty years later we finally get it.

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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #146 on: March 11, 2009, 11:16 AM »
Maybe it will do really well in Europe.

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"Watchmen" opened at No. 1 in the U.K. ($4.6 million), Russia ($2.3 million), Australia ($2.3 million), Italy ($1.6 million), Korea ($1.4 million), Brazil, Mexico and the Netherlands. Its North American total was $55.7 million, falling short of industry expectations.

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"Watchmen" reigned on the international circuit over the weekend as director Zack Snyder's sci-fi fantasy, launching simultaneously with its domestic debut, grossed an estimated $25.9 million, easily finishing at No. 1 overall.

An adaptation of a comic book series from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the Warner Bros./Paramount/DC Comics production, distributed overseas by Paramount, is the first big worldwide launch of 2009. Its overseas weekend tally, from 5,079 screens in 42 markets, is the year's biggest since the $31.1 million rolled up by DreamWorks/Paramount's "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" in the first weekend of January.

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“Watchmen” took home the crown as the #1 movie in America this weekend with a blockbuster Friday wide-release. Early projections of a three-day total of $55.7M (an average of $15,413 per venue) were correct, making “Watchmen” the year’s most successful domestic opening to date. The film also fared well on the international market with a solid $27.5 million overseas, bringing its overall worldwide gross to $83.2M during its debut weekend.

While it’s clear that an opening take of $55.7M is nothing to sneeze at, as mentioned, most industry analysts (and obviously Warner Bros. execs) were expecting bigger numbers from its first frame, hoping for at least a $60M weekend, if not giving the reigning March opening weekend record holder, “300″ ($70.9M), a run for its money. As it stands, “Watchmen” currently holds the third spot overall, and most analysts are blaming that on the film’s long runtime and hard R-rating for its unabashed adult subject matter.

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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #147 on: March 11, 2009, 11:44 AM »
It'll certainly make money, the question is just how much?  Between domestic gross, international gross, and dvd/blu-ray sales, you really, really have to screw up to lose money.

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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #148 on: March 11, 2009, 01:02 PM »
It'll certainly make money, the question is just how much?  Between domestic gross, international gross, and dvd/blu-ray sales, you really, really have to screw up to lose money.

Eventually all movies make money. It's how long you have to wait to regain your investment.
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Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« Reply #149 on: March 11, 2009, 01:22 PM »

Eventually all movies make money. 

That's most certainly false.