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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Phillip Arthur has watched the WATCHMEN and writes a darned awesome review of it!

Good friend, artist extraordinaire and fellow geek Phillip Arthur has turned in an EXCELLENT review of Watchmen. How excellent is it? I'm not ashamed to say that his is perhaps better written than my own. I went into Watchmen as one who has probably read the book way too many times, and that does affect a reviewer's mind. Phillip casts a considerably more objective eye on the movie... and still gives it some praise:
Did I love Watchmen? No, but it is growing on me, and I most definitely want to see it again (in IMAX, if possible). There are moments during which the film was pure magic to me, and had I felt that sense of wonder the whole time this film would have garnered a higher rating. My friend Matthew commented that if the movie does nothing more than bring new readers to the graphic novel it has served its purpose in being made; I have spoken with several people who are doing exactly that after seeing the film, a fact that pleases me greatly. There is a reason Watchmen made Time Magazine's list of Top 100 English-language novels from 1923 to 2005: it is that damned good. I think about how comic books inspired me to explore mythology, history, and literature, paving the way for the devoted reader and student that I am today, and all I can think is how can I fault someone for attempting to do the impossible? So kudos, Zack Snyder. Better to have tried and have fallen just short of perfection than having not tried at all. I'm giving Watchmen a strong and pleasantly surprising 3.75 out of 5.
Read more of his thoughts here.

I'm beginning to see that Watchmen is going to be one of the most discussed movies of recent years, like Fight Club or The Passion of the Christ. Like Rorschach's ever-shifting inkblot mask, people are seeing very different things in this movie and feeling compelled to talk about it. And that's not a bad thing at all. I think it indicates that Watchmen is a film that is going to be resonating with us for a long time still to come.