Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Trailer Trash Tuesday: Watchmen

I know we talked about the Watchmen trailer last week, and I also know that I pledged to keep the hype for this flick to a low simmer, lest I become part of the geeky problem rather than the solution. BUT...I've watched this thing enough in the past three days that I need to talk about it. Just a little.



For one thing, YouTube is so totally not the ideal format to watch this. I cannot recommend downloading the trailer for free on iTunes highly enough. With that out of the way...how about the balls on this clip? I love it. I love using the Smashing Pumpkins' alternate version of "The End Is the Beginning Is the End," practically daring people to draw comparisons to Batman & Robin while at the same time making those comparisons look foolish. Of course, premiering in front of The Dark Knight is the easiest way to be reminded that Watchmen doesn't enjoy the luxury of being the realist antithesis to the superhero genre anymore, but I'm already weary in anticipation of all the comparing and contrasting those two movies are going to be subjected to in the next eight months, so I'll leave it at that.

I'd love to hear from people who never read the Watchmen graphic novel and find out what they think of the trailer. There's so little information given out -- and obviously only the slightest hint of the alternate-universe America and its Cold War politics that are so central to the story -- and I'm wondering if the obliqueness is tantalizing or a turn-off.

20 comments:

Heather said...

I had never heard of The Watchmen before seeing the trailer at the IMAX showing of The Dark Knight this past weekend. I am officially a believer. I think I'd pretty much follow Billy Crudup and/or Zack Snyder anywhere and everywhere they take would like to take me in cinema.

JA said...

Thank you for reminding me to download that song.

Joe Reid said...

Heh, I did that like the second I got home from the theater. The alternate version is actually called "The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning." That'll save you the ten minutes it took me to figure that out. God love Billy Corgan.

Rbelle said...

I wasn't really familiar with The Watchmen except from reading about it here before I saw TDK this weekend, and doing a little Wikipedia research of my own. I went to the theater expecting to see it and get excited by it, but found it a little underwhelming.

First, I think it was very fan-oriented, with shots of all the major players who I'm sure are immediately identifiable if you've read the novel, but who meant little to me, not being all that familiar with the story. Were I a more cynical person, I might also have assumed the special-effects showcasing equaled a movie with very little plot, a la ... oh, 4 out of every 5 action movies made today.

I do think the "Most Celbrated Graphic Novel of All Time" bit, while clunky, was effective enough for someone like me, who instantly wanted to rush out and find this celebrated graphic novel and see if I wanted to celebrate it myself. Of course, that could be because I read about it here, first, and because I'm just that kind of nerd. My husband seemed less impressed, especially when he realized this was the trailer I'd been all excited for.

The Blindness trailer, on the other hand, gave me all kinds of warm, Children of Men like feelings, and was the movie I most wanted to see from my theater's trailer line up, so I'm not sure The Watchmen achieved what it was meant to, there.

Kris McN said...

I've never read the novel, but I'm totally on board because it looks right up my alley. I saw the trailer before Dark Knight and I did have a few moments of, "Hey! Who's that non-Batman, Batman-kooking guy?! What's up with that?" Here's my question though: Should I read the novel before I see it, or wait? It's been on the list for awhile...

JA said...

I say read it first. As good as I hope the movie is, and I have my fingers crossed, it won't ever be as good as the book is, and if the movie sucks it'd suck having that sucky association tainting your first reading of the book.

sam said...

I had never read the novel, but I was so enthralled by the trailer, even though I had no idea what the heck is going on, that I ran out to barnes & noble immediately after seeing TDK in order to buy a copy. I'm now limiting myself to reading a "chapter" a night so that I don't stay up all night reading and end up falling over at work.

Joe Reid said...

I should do a reading club here on Low Res. I've been wanting to re-read Watchmen before the movie comes out. Would anyone be interested in doing a little organized discussion club on here?

patty m. said...

Sign me up for Low Res: The Book Club. Just, please, nothing by Janet Evanovich or Tom Robbins, ever. Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! How about Good Omens? (Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are about 100x better together than apart, even including Sandman.)

Joe Reid said...

Okay, first of all, nothing is 100x better than Sandman.

But I was gonna start with Watchmen. I suppose we could move on after that, if it's popular enough.

Kris McN said...

Ooo, ooo, book club, book club!

JA said...

Dude, I totally finally bought my own copy of Watchmen just a week ago in plans to reread it again.

Joe Reid said...

That means you're in? That's not a question. You're in.

Anonymous said...

I saw the Watchmen trailer at Apple.com late last week, and by the time I was done, my heart was racing. Having read Watchmen and thinking that it was completely unfilmable, I'm eating my words. Judging purely from the trailer, it looks like Zack Snyder has nailed it. I am completely thrilled about this adaptation. Oh, and how perfect was that song? I downloaded it within minutes of watching the trailer.

dan mac said...

Been reading your blog a few months now; first time commenter. I'd participate in a discussion of Watchmen.

There are elements of the graphic novel which I think could be problematic to translate to film. In particular I wonder if we'll enjoy it as much knowing who killed the Comedian (probably), and if the film could even touch the intersection of Sally Jupiter, the Comedian, and Laurie Jupiter (probably not).

Also, it's 1985 and Nixon is still in office. Does Snyder even bother with that? I noticed the twin towers in the background when Archie emerges, so he's addressing the alternate reality at least on some level.

jessica said...

The trailer was decently intriguing, but I think your posts and the sidebar in EW helped me understand a little better what I was looking at.

A LowRes book club would kick ass, but I'm not sure if I'll join in on Watchmen. Maybe.

beadgirl said...

I sent the preview to my brother, who had never heard of Watchmen. Here's his response:

"it looked interesting, like a sci-fi flick i would want to see, but i had no "sitz im leben" (setting in life) to understand it. another x-men with good superheroes versus bad super villains? why did the civilians seem so hostile? what is the point of the movie other than action and explosions? your description helped bring meaning to what i saw."

beadgirl said...

A reading group would be awesome! I've been meaning to re-read Watchmen too.

"Okay, first of all, nothing is 100x better than Sandman."
Hehehe. And word.

aaron said...

I will never turn down a chance to reread Watchmen, so count me in for a reading club.

pvt awesome said...

yay for book club!