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Tuesday Night Out: Watching "Watchmen"

By admin Published: March 3, 2009

Haven't seen "Idol" because I was at a screening of "Watchmen." If any movie was likely to have me cast all critical considerations aside and just be a fanboy, this was it. Then again, so was "Indiana Jones 4." "Watchmen" is much better than that but still good but not great. And, judging from the audience reaction tonight, a fair number of people will come out hating it because they're expecting "Iron Man" or "The Dark Knight" and this retains Moore's much more pessimistic, downbeat sensibility -- as well as gore and violence that in a more sensible world would have led to an NC-17. Jackie Earle Haley is great, as is Dead Denny. Many scenes are right out of the comic books down to the way they are framed. But greatness eludes it, in part because the writing is at one remove from Alan Moore, and a movie is at one remove from a comic book. I'll have more to say about this later -- and I will catch up to "Idol" -- because there are many more things to say, including the way "Watchmen" here serves even more as a meditation on the '60s. But it's late, and I need to think and sleep.

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