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Watching The Watchmen . . . Movie

(Article contains spoilers about the new “Watchmen” film.)

I’ll be honest. I did not have high expectations for the new Watchmen film. As was evident in yesterday’s post, I consider Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s graphic novel to be pure genius, and pure genius is a tough thing to translate across any medium.

I wrote the draft for that article a month or two before the film came out, and at the time I made a note to myself to write a follow up post on the film. I feared the movie would translate complex characters and themes into black and white, good versus evil, protagonists and antagonists simplifications. Specifically, I thought they would make Rorsharch heroic. And although I had some major criticisms of the film itself, I have to say Zack Snyder, David Hayter, and Alex Tse translated Rorsharch to the screen perfectly.

The Rorsharch of the film, as critics and my friends have remarked, is insane and a fascist, just as he is in the graphic novel. I didn’t have the comic book with me but I believe some of his scariest, craziest monologues are transcribed word for word to the screen. And though they sounded a pinch melodramatic when spoken out loud, it conveyed the essence of the character.

Fanboys, including me most of the time, criticize comic book movies whenever and wherever they stray from the source material. My complaint is usually that the change is either needless or it violates the source material thematically. Rorsharch’s insanity, whether depicted on screen by chopping a pedophile with a butcher knife or setting him on fire, it doesn’t matter, his insanity is clear.

And I'm glad they portrayed him right.

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Thinking about it a little more, I might suggest calling the “Art and Violence” section “Popular Culture and Violence.” That seems to more accurately fit the articles you have included there so far.