Tuesday, March 10, 2009
#1 reason why I didn't like it: The graphic novel does not include any sound effects (biff, pow, zap) or thought bubbles as part of its effort to portray a more realistic world than normal comic books. Within the first minute, however, the movie breaks out the standard comic book movie Matrix-style slow-motion, thus completely negating the central idea that these are real people in a real world. While the graphic novel redefined what a comic book could do, the movie just follows the rules of comic book movies.
Also, regarding the above mentioned "schlong" - In the graphic novel, Dr. Manhattan's nudity is symbolic of his distancing himself from humanity. He is not shown completely nude until after we see him leave Earth. Zack Snyder, however, is swinging it around from the Doctor's first scene. Visionary director? Please. This guy does not get it. Warner Brothers should have called me.
I liked the changed ending and the amount of gore, but those didn't save it from being an utter disappointment. Also I wish I had seen it with a crowd of comic book nerds instead of a mainstream audience looking for an action movie (which it was marketed as, which also makes me angry).