To Watch or Not to Watch


Just to show how out-of-the-loop I am, I had no idea theaters would be showing “Watchmen” tonight in a midnight showing. Makes sense now that I think of it, of course…

The question now is: Do I really want to go to the “Watchmen” midnight showing?

On one hand, this is a pretty terrifically big movie, just about every comic fan is gonna be there, and it might be fun to see it in a room full of enthusiastic comics geeks.

On the other hand, I rarely enjoy midnight showings, and I’m getting a bit nervous about whether this movie is going to be any good. Plus, there’s likely to be a LOT of talking back to the screen — lots of “OMG, they took out the fourth panel from page 14 of Issue #7! ALAN MOORE WAS RIGHT!” And if that happens, I’m gonna hafta kill somebody.

The biggest strike against it? There’s likely to be costumes. Quite possibly, there may be a chubby bearded geek whose Dr. Manhattan costume will consist of blue bodypaint and nothing else.


So whatcha think? Are you going to be at the midnight showing for “Watchmen” or are you going to put it off a bit?

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  1. Will Terrell Said,

    March 5, 2009 @ 10:00 am

    To be fair… I go around like that everywhere… naked in blue body paint.

  2. Scott Slemmons Said,

    March 5, 2009 @ 10:12 am

    You, sir, are NOT HELPING.


  3. Sado Said,

    March 5, 2009 @ 10:14 am

    I try not to attend the geekcentric openings. I’m not one of the kinda people who would brag that they attended the first viewing of Movie X for geek cred.

    I took a class in movie criticism, and my professor said that a film is supposed to stand alone. It shouldn’t rely on the source material to make any sense, and if it doesn’t, then it’s the director’s fault. Conversely, if something’s not in the movie, the viewer shouldn’t cry for the director’s head. It may not belong in the narrative, it may be superfluous to the director’s message, etc.

    Basically, saying “But that isn’t what’s in the book” doesn’t apply to a film. It needs to live or die on its own.

    Using an egregious example, Starship Troopers had its own message which was completely at odds with the source, and it left out the marauder suits. Was it a good movie? No, but not because of the lack of marauder suits or the message. The acting stank and the script was pretty bad.

    Hopefully the Watchmen will be just plain good…or, at the very least, good but different.

  4. Kenny Ketner Said,

    March 5, 2009 @ 10:44 am

    *** SPOILER ***

    Hitler finds out about new Watchmen ending:

    *** SPOILER ***

  5. Kenny Ketner Said,

    March 5, 2009 @ 10:45 am

    And oh yeah, I will be at the midnight showing. 😛

  6. TS Said,

    March 5, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

    I would wait until next week entirely, but I have the review for a site and so we’re seeing it…. Friday.

  7. swampy Said,

    March 5, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

    nah, i could care less about watchmen, so I probably won’t watch it