Who Watches the Watchmen Trailer

by alphamonkey on July 18, 2008 · 8 comments

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Well, judging from the blogosphere, just about about everyone. It’s available in some rather stunningly high quality Quicktime via the Apple trailer site, so take a gander if you haven’t seen it yet.

Watchmen Trailer

I think we’ve pretty well covered my expectations for this film, so I’ll leave those aside for now. I have to say that while it certainly looks like the film will nail the visual beats of the comic, a trailer is no way to determine whether the narrative beats and themes are being handled well. So there’s not much to discern there.

I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of the overly CG film look. It’s too…well, shiny for lack of a better term. My brain really, really, really wanted a very gritty late 70s/Early 80’s film look for Watchmen. Good or bad, but there you have it. These wall-to-wall CG films leave me cold because there’s no single point where my eyes or brain are allowed to slip into suspended disbelief; I’m constantly reminded that it’s fabricated and utterly unreal. I think that diminishes a film’s effect substantially, but as we’ve already ascertained I’m a bit of a grump.

Let’s hear it: More excited, meh, or screaming in terror at the notion of the Watchmen film now?

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  • Bobby Sox

    In all seriousness, I kind of feel you on the late 70’s/80’s “feel”, but supposing they did…I don’t see how they’d pull off Dr. Manhattan that way? He’d end up looking like Slimer from Ghostbusters, man. It’s almost as though in order to make the Dr. a believable onscreen presence, they had to make everything equally as slick. I think it’d just be impossible otherwise. He’s the one “supernatural” piece in the book. But also of note, they made him GLOW here. He doesn’t glow in the book…but had they not done it here… he would have looked like a rogue member of the Blue Man Group. Suffice to say, I think these changes have been made for the betterment of the film. I loved the trailer and I’m excited for the fim.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Well, I suppose I should have added a caveat to that statement. I’m ok with Manhattan being CG, as he’d look even more unworldly when juxtaposed with a mostly CG-free environment.

    That said, I think whoever handles Zack Synder’s next film needs to insert a ‘only .02% slo-mo clause’.

  • http://www.razorfine.com RazorFine

    I’ve been dreading this since it was announced and this latest trailer does nothing to calm my fears. Looks sleak, with plenty of money thrown at special effects, but I agree you can’t tell anything about what they have done to the tale itself here. And the looks leave something to be desired. I like Silk Spectre but the others I’m not sure about. And could you make Ozymandias look more gay? What the hell is he wearing, one of Clooney’s back-up rubber suits from Batman and Robin?

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Interesting you should mention Batman & Robin. The song playing over the trailer is ‘The Beginning is the End is the Beginning’ which was the slowed down b-side version of the Pumpkins tune they did for B&R.

  • Rick

    This trailer blew me away. Granted, I’m a hopeless optimist when it comes to stuff like this. But let’s be fair – this trailer is clearly an attempt to assuage the fears of skeptics about whether or not Snyder could nail the visual density and iconic look of the novel. It’s not making any attempt to handle the narrative beats of the film – that will be tackled in subsequent trailers. One step at a time.

    Comedian flying through the window? Amazing. Manhattan getting zapped in the chamber? Amazing. Rorschach’s mask changing shape in the closeup? Amazing.

    I’m just looking forward to the subsequent trailers that will hopefully show us that this guy can actually tell a story. But for now I’m pretty impressed. Sure, a grittier look would have been interesting, but would it have made the movie better? I think the sets especially look very lived-in. But a ’70s/’80s look for the film stock itself? Wouldn’t that look even more unbelievable? Adding one more filter on top of all the existing ones to make it look distressed? That’s the kind of stuff that takes me out of a film.

    And I hate hearing that Ozymandias looks gay. Come on. He’s supposed to be a vain, aloof, effeminate, pretty-boy jerk. If that totals up to gay for you, fine. But I’m surprised that you can read the book and not see why they made those choices.

  • http://www.razorfine.com RazorFine

    I think this proves my case. I don’t know, maybe you liked Batman and Robin, but I expected DC to aim slightly higher for Watchmen.

  • Rick

    I didn’t like Batman and Robin. I also don’t like Ozymandias. I wouldn’t be surprised if the suit is a reference to Batman and Robin. I think it’s fitting.

  • Alan

    I’m also torn on the CGI thing, with Sin City for example, they went so far down the “make it look exactly like the book” that I was left wondering why they didn’t just do a 100% animated feature. I don’t care how clever the GGI is, unless you totally believe it’s not CGI, it looks like a cartoon to me.

    Check out the battle scenes in any modern “epic” like LOTR or Troy. Then watch Lawrence of Arabia or Spartcus and tell me which one really gets you on the edge of your seat.

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