Me and my superhero-movie watching buddy went last night to see Watchmen. I own the book and enjoyed it, although not in the life-changing way that it has affected others who belong to the Church of High Geekery. Like most fluff that I have processed, I remembered parts of it but forgot most of it, to which my friend (who has a better memory than I for most things including this) filled me in on the way to the theater.
It has been getting pretty mixed reviews. All in all, I found it very watchable -- it held my attention for the two and a half hours without any problems. It was a superhero movie, and was about as true to the story as could be expected (while fixing the original awful ending). There were some very, very noticeable fatal flaws though:
1) The violence in it was not only over-the-top, it was unnecessarily graphic and gory. Slow motion leg breaks, cutting the arms off of people, etc. I'm not normally bothered by cartoony violence (i.e. Kill Bill or a slasher movie), but this was so gratuitous that it made both of us turn our head. And I debride abscesses for a living, and my friend slices up eyeballs (oh oh oh oh - 5 points to name the song).
2) The acting, and especially the sex scene, of the girl was just terrible.
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3) The music selection was unbelievably awful. We both commented on this as soon as the final credits began to roll over a My Chemical Romance (ugh!) heavy metal (ugh!) cover of "Desolation Row." Vietnam war footage to "Ride of the Valkyries"? How cliched is that? A funeral for a right-wing nearly fascistic superhero set to "Sounds of Silence"? "99 Luftballoons" just thrown randomly in some scene? A fight scene to "All Along the Watchtower"? A flashback to "The Times They Are A-Changin'"? Cliched at best, totally inappropriate at worst. The low point was the aforementioned terrible sex scene set to the original Leonard Cohen version of "Hallelujah." It was almost laughably bad.