Wednesday, July 14, 2010

30 Days of DC Meme. Day 8: Favorite Film

I'm cross-posting this directly from Tumblr, because I have no idea how the comments work over there, and was hoping to foster some discussion.



Okay. Hear me out on this. I've written a little bit about this in various places, but let me try to filter everything into a bulletted list of why I like this movie. I completely understand some of the criticisms (and welcome discussion), but to me this is my absolutely favorite comic adaptation. That should be considered something separate than a comic movie, really, since the Superman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, etc. movies may be based off a bunch of things (focusing on origins usually) but aren't direct adaptations of a singular story. Still, they're all comic movies and they should all be considered.

  • First, please watch the gorgeous opening sequence. This is about 40 pages worth of comic (and prose) back story set to the perfect song and turned into a poignant, nostalgic, perfect look back at this past that is not-quite our past. They should have won an Oscar for Best Short Film for this. I could watch over and over.
  • Second, I know it wasn't completely faithful to the storyline. No giant squid (oh dear, I've spoiled you). But I felt that what they did do worked perfectly as a 21st century adaptation of the story. We're facing an energy crisis in a completely different way than they were when the story was written. Not giving us immediate access to the electric cars of the original story, having it be something tangible that comes out of Adrian's mass destruction (which was no longer limited only to NYC, thankfully), made the sacrifice of the people, and of Doctor Manhattan, much more poignant. We, as a nation, made it through 9/11. England made it through 7/7. Madrid... there are places where bombings and terrorism bring people together for a bit. And then we're divided again. I think Adrian's plan was a perfect way, in this new age of terrorism that is nothing at all like they were dealing with 25 years ago, to get his goal accomplished.
  • Casting. Damn fine casting. My only dislike was Adrian, and that was minor.
  • Get over the blue penis, people. Seriously.
  • They obviously put so much care into set design, costume, etc. that it really felt like the comic had come to life. Even if there were cuts from the story and things changed, I felt like I was watching one of my all time favorite comic books come alive in front of me.
  • This movie was made with love by a fan for fans. And as a fan, I appreciated that. And loved it.


25 comments:

  1. I agree with you across the board. This is the only "comic book" movie I paid to see in the theater. The opening sequence set the perfect tone.

    I will also admit that I like movie version of "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" as a guilty pleasure.

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  2. I completely agree with this post. (And don't tell anyone, but I think I liked the movie better than the comics. Which I read the comics before I saw the movie.)

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  3. @MOCK! Absolutely. I'd seen the leaked version of the opening a few weeks before the movie, and I immediately knew I'd enjoy it.

    I also liked LoEG, but I hadn't read the comics yet. I'm not sure if I'd like it in reverse, but I still enjoy it now.

    @Erica Your secret is safe with me. ;)

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  4. 一個人的際遇在第一次總是最深刻的,有時候甚至會讓人的心變成永遠的絕緣。............................................................

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  5. I enjoyed the film in many ways, especially the opening sequence and the (to my mind) amazingly dead-on casting. I also had no real objections either to the ways in which the film was super-faithful to the comics, or to the superficial ways in which it deviated (I agree with Sam for instance that the global terrorist act in the end really made more sense than a giant squid attacking just NYC).

    Overall I was really impressed (and surprised) by how well Snyder adapted the graphic novel.

    However I absolutely recoiled from the film's celebration of violence, which seemed completely at odds with what Moore was doing. This bugged me both on an ideological level, but also on a practical/literal level -- when Nite Owl and Silk Spectre have that fight/massacre in the alley, for instance, they seem to actually possess super powers to do what they do. This hardly seems like the work of two relatively out-of-shape normal people who have not been playing superhero for a decade.

    This particular commentary summed up my own feelings on this issue in the film fairly well:

    Ken

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  6. 要求適合自己的愛情方式,是會得到更多,還是會錯過一個真正愛你的人。..................................................................

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  7. 要在憂患恥辱的環境裡,創造我們自力更生的新生活。..................................................

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  8. 在你一無所有的時候 是誰在陪伴你 他便是你最重要的人............................................................

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  9. 當我微笑時,世界和我一起微笑;當我快樂時,世界和我一起活躍。..................................................

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  10. 要在憂患恥辱的環境裡,創造我們自力更生的新生活。..................................................

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  11. 要求適合自己的愛情方式,是會得到更多,還是會錯過一個真正愛你的人。..................................................................

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  12. I enjoyed the film in many ways, especially the opening sequence and the (to my mind) amazingly dead-on casting. I also had no real objections either to the ways in which the film was super-faithful to the comics, or to the superficial ways in which it deviated (I agree with Sam for instance that the global terrorist act in the end really made more sense than a giant squid attacking just NYC).

    Overall I was really impressed (and surprised) by how well Snyder adapted the graphic novel.

    However I absolutely recoiled from the film's celebration of violence, which seemed completely at odds with what Moore was doing. This bugged me both on an ideological level, but also on a practical/literal level -- when Nite Owl and Silk Spectre have that fight/massacre in the alley, for instance, they seem to actually possess super powers to do what they do. This hardly seems like the work of two relatively out-of-shape normal people who have not been playing superhero for a decade.

    This particular commentary summed up my own feelings on this issue in the film fairly well:

    Ken

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  13. 一個人的際遇在第一次總是最深刻的,有時候甚至會讓人的心變成永遠的絕緣。............................................................

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  14. I completely agree with this post. (And don't tell anyone, but I think I liked the movie better than the comics. Which I read the comics before I saw the movie.)

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  15. I agree with you across the board. This is the only "comic book" movie I paid to see in the theater. The opening sequence set the perfect tone.

    I will also admit that I like movie version of "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" as a guilty pleasure.

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