So I just finished reading Watchmen (in spectacularly commonplace fashion – right before the release of the film) and I got to thinking about the film. It is my opinion that it will be inevitably bad. Don’t get me wrong, the book is an extremely entertaining read, I just feel that the film’s reportedly faithful rendering of it will be its ultimate downfall.
I am all for authenticity when it comes to source material, but I would like to point out cases where films particularly shone because they chose to take the source as a springboard rather than a bible. Off the top of my head, Kubrick comes immediately to mind. Read A Clockwork Orange and especially 2001 if you want to get where I am coming from. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, a more controversial pick on my part, is another direction in which I would point.
The case here is a little different. As a graphic novel, Watchmen is in many ways cinematic. At the same time, it is also relies upon its medium. The clever (albeit often obvious) banter between text and picture is simply something a film cannot produce. I guess they could try with voice overs, but that is always a road wearily traveled. I will be seeing the film, although my hopes are not as high as some other people I know. Any thoughts out there?