Who Rewatches the Watchmen?

13Mar09

We do.

Or at least, we should according to Watchmen screenwriter David Hayter, who is pleading fans and moviegoers to see the movie at least one more time.

In an open letter that was released this week, Hayter argues in support of the film he worked his ass off helping to make, and the reasons he gives as to why we should buy another ticket are bigger than money … and even a little bigger than ourselves.

The point is, I have listened for years, to complaints from true comic book fans, that “not enough movies take the source material seriously.” “Too many movies puss out,” or “They change great stories, just to be commercial.” Well, I f***ing dare you to say any one of those things about this movie.

This is a movie made by fans, for fans. Hundreds of people put in years of their lives to make this movie happen, and every one of them was insanely committed to retaining the integrity of this amazing, epic tale. This is a rare success story, bordering on the impossible, and every studio in town is watching to see if it will work. Hell, most of them own a piece of the movie.

Hayter is absolutely right on many counts. In my review of the movie I stated that in the case of a work like Watchmen, I’d rather have the film version stay as close to the original source as possible—even if that makes the movie creatively weak for it. That said, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen is a good movie, but Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen is a masterpiece. Hayter is looking to the future of both graphic novels and their adaptations to the big screen, and more importantly how they are perceived.

You have to understand, everyone is watching to see how the film will do in its second week. If you care about movies that have a brain, or balls, (and this film’s got both, literally), or true adaptations — And if you’re thinking of seeing it again anyway, please go back this weekend, Friday or Saturday night. Demonstrate the power of the fans, because it’ll help let the people who pay for these movies know what we’d like to see. Because if it drops off the radar after the first weekend, they will never allow a film like this to be made again.

I’m going back to the theaters tomorrow. What about you? Are the Watchmen worth rewatching?

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3 Responses to “Who Rewatches the Watchmen?”

  1. I kept thinking that the guy who played the Comedian was Javier Bardem (I found out later that it’s actually Jeffrey Dean Morgan), but the two actors definitely look alike

  2. 2 WITA

    Lol yeah, people have also been mixing Morgan up with Robert Downey, Jr.

    Thanks for stopping by! (Mmmm coffee.)

  3. Yeah I really like this movie saw it when it came out. Definitley worth another watch.


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