March 13th, 2009
|10:34 am - What sticks with you|
Here is scriptwriter toddalcott's post on Watchmen
I think, in the months and years to come, (viewers) will find themselves arguing with their friends and haunted by the movie's arresting images. I think they'll start to see ideas and themes from the movie come up in their daily lives, and they'll come back to it ... and maybe they'll be directed back to the book and maybe they'll never completely "get" it, but at least it's out there now to be experienced and to become part of our culture and I can't see that as bad.
The post includes an open letter to fans from David Hayter, one of its screenwriters. I will go and see it again this weekend and see how it strikes me a second time. Hayter wonders whether it will be another Blade Runner.
I still remember seeing Blade Runner when it first came out, in a little cinema in Brighton as it happens. I was awestruck, I loved it, and I felt the rest of the audience loved it too. The atmosphere in the cinema was electric. However, the film did not really hit popular esteem for years. In Adventures in the Screen Trade William Goldman concludes his story of screenwriting with 1982, saying 'no good movies were made this year' - film is dead, he said.
I didn't quite get as extreme a 'bloody hell!' vibe off Watchmen as I did off Blade Runner. However I did get a physical sensation so it did something to me.
I'm just thinking now of films that stuck with me - Alien, Blade Runner, Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting, Memento, Big Lebowski, Spirited Away, quite a few others. When I watched them I got a physical sensation, and also I couldn't sleep after. But I'm afraid it's harder to remember whether I got that sensation from other films that now I don't remember, because they turned out to be rubbish.
Now that I blog I suppose all my bad judgements are post-checkable, if only by myself.
It's stuck in my head, and although I think the movie has failings, I think the fact that it's still plaguing me is a good sign.
I'm hoping to re-read the comic over the weekend, and then write something coherent.
Yes, plaguing is the type of thing I mean. I believe it's the subconscious.
I think I'll go and see it again next week. It didn't blow me away, but the time flew and I thought it looked great. Bits of the music reminded me of Blade Runner.
It didn't drag at all. I am looking forward to the Director's cut on DVD release with Tales of the Black Freighter inserted.
BTW just thought one difference from Blade Runner - Harrison Ford's career-best performance. The actors in Watchmen did an excellent job but none of them had that screen-breaker charisma.
Yes! I wasn't keen on the music overall, but certain parts I found myself really enjoying for some reason, and eventually realised that it reminded me of Blade Runner—and therefore got me nicely in an 80s frame of mind.
I really could have done without Hayter's open letter.
"All this time, you've been waiting for a director who was going to hit you in the face with this story. To just crack you in the jaw, and then bend you over the pool table with this story. [...] You'll come back, eventually. Just like Sally."
Gordon Bennett I didn't read as far as that bit
There was a discussion of Watchmen on a yahoo movie group I belong to. The claim was made that the movie is a very dumbed-down version of the comic. And that the strong female characters in the comic were eliminated because the studio feared that such things would upset the male geeks who make up their target audience.