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the rape scene was really uncomfortable for me to watch. like, it was disturbing. you might not all get that, but i'm married, so it's different for me.

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It was good.

Not great.

Good.

...It could have been great.

Anyone else surprised at the amount of gore in the film? It seemed very unnecessary for most scenes.

SPOILERS:

I hate that they destroyed the scene when Rorschach is "born". Turning him from a sociopath into an axe wielding crazy was disappointing. But I nitpick...

Also, worst use of Hallelujah.

Now whenever I hear that song I'll just end up thinking about that drawn out sex scene.

Yes.

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Maco I disagree, it seemed to me, it followed pretty damn close to the comic. few changes, nothing super huge. Overall

Great movie.

For some reason friends that haven't seen it. Tell me alot of their friends say it was shit :(. That makes me sad..

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I was thinking that Jackie Earle Haley, aka Rorschach, would be so perfect for the part of Cletus Kasady (Carnage) in the Spiderman movies.

So true. Seeing Haley perform as Rorschach, he would be perfect for Carnage. Rorschach's brutality is truly displayed during the scene with the kidnapper and in the prison.

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The brutally of Rorschach made me love him a lot. In the theater I went, people started clapping for him when

[spoilers] He savagely cut up that kidnapper after he fed her to those dogs. [/spoilers]

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Maco I disagree, it seemed to me, it followed pretty damn close to the comic. few changes, nothing super huge. Overall

Re-read my post...

It followed it very close..aside from the things it outright cut and that ending.

Anyone notice the name printed on the "device" used at the end?

"Project S.Q.U.I.D."

Clever maybe?

I see the novel as a many layered story. The movie removes several layers... and several of them are the wrong layers.

It was "good".

I cannot imagine how 2 hours of character development and 45 minutes of fight scenes would be impressive to the casual viewer.

The brutally of Rorschach made me love him a lot. In the theater I went, people started clapping for him when

[spoilers] He savagely cut up that kidnapper after he fed her to those dogs. [/spoilers]

I think the scene in the novel was much more effective.

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I hate that they destroyed the scene when Rorschach is "born". Turning him from a sociopath into an axe wielding crazy was disappointing. .

I actually didn't mind it. They didn't have enough time to fully develop the character so they just kinda amped up the brutal a couple of notches in a shorter time span, although I quite love the story in the comic book as to how he got his mask, and I also wish they didn't make it seem like he hated the psychologist so much (in fact, I kinda wish they fleshed out the psychologist more)

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Good deal, but not great. The comic is the best thing I've ever read, so it was a shame that so many important details had to be glossed over. Regardless, they ended up going pretty faithful with it with the time they had. When Alan Moore said that Watchmen wasn't designed to be a movie, I understand where he is coming from. It's a uniquely comic book style experience.

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boo this movie didn't follow the comic book to the very detail because that's what i wanted and i'm sure everyone will agree fuck you zack for doing your best to keep it at a decent length for casual viewers i want the movie to be 5 hours long do it now or else

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Way, way, way, way, way better than the Dark Knight could hope to be. I'm just disappointed that the non-celeb actors acted like they were non-celebs for the most parts. Lots of little rookie-isms as far as the acting itself went. Also might be a bit overlong for many viewers. I don't mind the movie not being a replica of the comic book. It couldn't have been anyway, and it's basically as good as they could possibly hope to make it. There's even a talk of a sequel and I'm intrigued by that, though the geeks will froth at the mouth over that.

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I saw the movie tonight, and my overall feeling is that it pretty well did the graphic novel justice. Yes, some parts which would have helped to bring the story into a fuller light were cut. However, strictly speaking, they weren't necessary to follow the story.

In fact, when I read the graphic novel, I skipped over "Under the Hood" and "Tales of the Black Freighter" segments when I got to them, and then went back and read them after I finished the storyline proper.

Perhaps, though, it would have worked better as two 2.5 hour movies instead of one 3 hour film.

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Saw it, loved it. Haven't read the book (yet) so I'm coming from a different perspective than most of the contributors of this thread.

You could easily say that it was slow going in many parts, it's pace was set up to help you really enjoy the climax, without the needed character development it would be hard to see why the characters made the choices they did and. I thought the ending was awesome, wrapped up everything into a nice bow, even sounds better than the original ending, seems like it possibly gave some characters more depth in the end while maintaining the same moral points that it was getting across in the book. People that didn't like the pacing are usually those impatient types that always need something stimulating them. It's like sex, some people would prefer to climax every few seconds, but the best climax to have is one that is built slowly, taking your time, enjoying the process and then "pop" what a glorious climax, twas the end of the movie, I left satisfied. Unlike woman that have their men always wanting to pop one off real quick.

"It's business, It's business time"

"business is closed"

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Read the book first. They changed a lot, but omitted many things for the sake of time. If they'd done the book word for word, it would've taken 7 hours and been nothing but dated 80's cheese. Some of the changes and adaptations are actually better than the book. I liked the prison scene better in film than in the book.

The only complaints I've really heard from people who can stand the time (2 hours, 43 minutes) is that there's a lot of characters, and Dr. Manhattan's penis shows too often. This is not true, unless you're looking for his penis. If you stare at the blue dong, then yes, it'll be there as often as Rorschach (who's in nearly every scene from the intro montage until the prison scene, if you know how to look for him).

It's worth seeing. Don't listen to critics who want to pan it, or to fan boys who'll have nothing but praise. Decide for yourself how you like it.

Side note for anyone who's read and seen: How did you feel about Scarlet Spectre (both)'s changes in character? Specter I was so much more flat in the film than the book, and Specter II was never a female character worth anything more than being a plot device originally. I kinda don't like the changes.

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I liked the characterization in the movie a bit more, since in the book Silk Spectre II was a bit flat. Overall much better.

I have figured out what I dislike about the ending though. It's not just a fanboy outrage, but more of a thematic one.

In the book with a neutral third party (seemingly) ending the fighting, all the characters made decisions based on what they felt was right. There was that excellent scene at the end of the book where Dr. Manhattan walks around with a smile over everyone, then outside and deals with Rorschach. Overall, the characters made their choices whether things were right, and the audience decided whether they felt the choices were ok.

In the movie though, Dr. Manhattan himself is pulled into the resolution, and rather than peacefully leaving for his own reasons he is basically forced into exile to maintain the peace. After that, the characters only have the choice of whether to reveal that Manhattan is innocent against his own wishes. It then falls on the audience to make a judgement call on whether they thought what the characters thought was right.

Rorschach's book was probably a bit more powerful in the movie though, since I always thought that in the book it was kind of Hokey that there would only be one alien attack but then nothing else and people would be peaceful anyways. At least with a tangible "god" figure you can expect that peoples' fear would help them figure out what is really important.

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I liked the characterization in the movie a bit more, since in the book Silk Spectre II was a bit flat. Overall much better.

I have figured out what I dislike about the ending though. It's not just a fanboy outrage, but more of a thematic one.

In the book with a neutral third party (seemingly) ending the fighting, all the characters made decisions based on what they felt was right. There was that excellent scene at the end of the book where Dr. Manhattan walks around with a smile over everyone, then outside and deals with Rorschach. Overall, the characters made their choices whether things were right, and the audience decided whether they felt the choices were ok.

In the movie though, Dr. Manhattan himself is pulled into the resolution, and rather than peacefully leaving for his own reasons he is basically forced into exile to maintain the peace. After that, the characters only have the choice of whether to reveal that Manhattan is innocent against his own wishes. It then falls on the audience to make a judgement call on whether they thought what the characters thought was right.

Rorschach's book was probably a bit more powerful in the movie though, since I always thought that in the book it was kind of Hokey that there would only be one alien attack but then nothing else and people would be peaceful anyways. At least with a tangible "god" figure you can expect that peoples' fear would help them figure out what is really important.

she is still pretty flat in the movie though amirite lolol

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I saw Watchmen and don't intend to ever watch it again. There just doesn't seem to be any point when it follows the graphic novel as closely as it did, unless you like less detail. I wish they'd made it its own thing rather than just providing an inferior version of the graphic novel. I think the only thing I really liked about this movie that wasn't already in the graphic novel was the opening montage.

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