February 24, 2009

Watchmen -- out

The Watchmen movie has started showing to reviewers, and early reports (spoilers) are that it is excellent. It's also really long: two hours 40 minutes. The "director's cut" (presumably to eventually be released on DVD) is 40 minutes longer than that. Yeesh...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 09:59 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Three hours 20 minutes for the director's cut?  That's eight episodes of an anime, more or less.  You can tell an awful lot of story in that amount of time, and Watchmen demands such a length, I think.

As a rule, I don't go to the movies anymore.  I might have to for this one, though.

Posted by: Wonderduck at February 24, 2009 10:16 PM (tMdKd)

2 I'm excited about Watchmen the movie...and not a little apprehensive.  The review is intriguing, but I'll probably wait until a friend of mine (James D. Hudnall, who has seen his comics made into movies) reviews it before I venture forth to see it.  Like your reviews, Steven, I rarely find his assessments less than illuminating.
I agree with the reviewer that Gibbons has never been given enough credit for his stunning work on the comic.  I was agog at his brilliance in translating Moore's horrifically dense script to the page, especially when limited to the nine-panel format.

Posted by: Toren at February 25, 2009 05:37 AM (2y8rV)

3 Unfortunately for me, I'm on call next week, which means I won't be seeing this movie until next next week...

Posted by: BigFire at February 25, 2009 08:57 AM (9KNwi)

4 It's scheduled for theater release on March 6.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 25, 2009 09:43 AM (+rSRq)

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