We saw Watchmen yesterday, and I loved it, almost without reservation. My only notable reservation was My Chemical Romance's (gag) horrid cover of Dylan's "Desolation Row" blaring during the first half of the end credits. But then Zack Snyder redeemed himself, by using Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan" over the last half of the credits. And speaking of credits, as with his superb remake of Dawn of the Dead, Snyder used the opening credits to establish the mood of the entire film to follow. Really, I'd pay to see this in theatres again, just to see the opening credits (which used Dylan's "The Times They Are a'Changin'"). I'm not much better with film reviews than I am with book reviews, so I'm not going to go on and on about Watchmen. I didn't think it could be done, but Snyder did it, and did it very, very well. It was just splendid. Gritty, angry, wry, raw, visually stunning, sexy as fuck, smart, horrifying, sardonic, and sincere. Were I the author of the source material, I would be a very happy writer. I was especially pleased with Billy Crudup's Dr. Manhattan, Jackie Earle Haley's Rorschach (awesome), Edgar Jacobi as Moloch, and Edward Blake's performance as the Comedian. And damn, if only there had been an excuse to have more of Apollonia Vanova's Silhouette. The narrative structure was superb, the flashbacks handled very well, and I loved the use of the '80s music-video format as a storytelling technique. In the end, I think Watchmen is a better film than The Dark Knight, making it, probably, my favorite superhero film ever. The Dark Knight was a good film with one utterlly brilliant performance, Keith Ledger's, that made the whole film shine. On the other hand, Watchmen is a very fine film overall, even if no single performance matches the caliber of Ledger's Joker. Sorry, guys. I hope no one expected me to hate this one. I adored it. No, it wasn't precisely the graphic novel, but no film ever could be. It was a damn good facsimile.
After the movie, we stopped at Newbury Comics, because Spooky wanted to get the newest Killer's album. Last night, we watched Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla (2008). We've been on a Guy Ritchie kick, having watched Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) again on Thursday night. This is what happens when I take time off. I watch movies. I am very excited about Ritche's upcoming Sherlock Holmes film.
Okay. I got some work-related email, and then I'm gonna try to, you know, rest.