I wish the Cocktail Crusader was around when I was at the bar in Palm Springs and kept seeing douchey people spending $$ on horrible vodka martinis and trying to impress their dates. If you just want to get wasted, order shots of vodka. If you actually want a martini, order a real one.
I went to the midnight opening of Watchmen like most fans probably did and I tried not to have my expectations too high. I already read that the filmmakers changed the ending from the way it was in the book, but I was curious if their change would work.
I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone, so I’m just going to do a list of things I liked and didn’t like about the movie without giving the plot away.
- Costumes. I thought they stayed true to the comic.
- Set decoration. Some of the scenes looked like they used a panel in the comic as the storyboard. Very cool seeing the comic come to life.
- The Comedian. Man, that guy was well-casted.
- Dr. Manhattan. I liked the special effects they gave him and his facial expressions (or lack of).
- Dan Dreiberg. In the comic, he’s clumsy and muted. The actor who played him brought it out perfectly.
- The ending change — kind of. I was dreading the ending in the movie because I thought it’d be bad, but it actually tied up the loose ends in the movie nicely. I still prefer the book’s ending, but it wouldn’t be possible unless they added a lot more content in the movie.
- Rorschach. At first I thought his scratchy voice would bug me, but it fit his character pretty well. And unmasked, he was the comic come to life.
- Dr. Manhattan’s penis enlargement. Maybe he succumbed to all the spam in his inbox and decided to try some magic pills. Was it really necessary to make his penis so large in the movie? The first time I read the book, I didn’t even notice the peen until someone pointed it out. But in the movie? Definitely noticed.
- The soundtrack. It’s not that the songs were bad. I liked most of the songs. But they just felt so heavy handed with the scene they accompanied. It felt inappropriate.
- Gratuitous use of slow motion. Yes, the fight choreography was pretty to look at. That doesn’t mean I want to see everything in slow motion. The movie could be trimmed down by an hour if Snyder would just quit it with the slow motion.
- Scene transitions. Instead of a coherent story, some parts of the movie just seemed like a checklist of scenes they needed to put in the movie.
- Bubastis. There’s no reason for her to be in the movie if they change the ending.
- Sex-scene. Too long, gratuitous and most of the theater was laughing. I don’t really know what the point of that scene was.
- The actress who plays Laurie. Her bad acting was so blatant compared to the great actors: The Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, even Dan.
- The gore. Gratuitous again. I didn’t come to watch a gore movie. I don’t want to see blood spurting in every directly in the Watchmen.
- The long-winded explanation in the end. The ending felt like “Watchmen For Dummies.” I don’t need the master plan to be explained to me three times.
Batman: The Long Halloween
After watching The Dark Knight, I started getting nostalgic for Batman comics, so I borrowed Batman: The Long Halloween from a friend. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while because a lot of people say it’s one of the best Batman comics out there and I’m glad that I finally got a chance to.
The comic has a very old-school feel to it; it’s Batman before any fancy technology or high-powered gadgets. It’s written as a who-dunnit story and maintains suspense from cover to cover. Not much is revealed about Batman’s inner thoughts like in other Batman comics. I’m a big fan of all the classic Batman villains and I was happy to see that most of them make an appearance in this story.
The whole mafia-ties and relationship lines were confusing at first, but there’s a helpful tree in the back that illustrates how the members are related to each other. The contrast between organized crime (the mafia) and unorganized crime (the Batman villains) was interesting to read through.
The Long Halloween lives up to its name. I don’t know if it’s because I read the comic in several sittings instead of just one long sitting, but even though the comic spans one year, I felt like everything happened in one long night. I wouldn’t recommend anyone not familiar with the Batman mythos to start with this book because there’s not much back-story, so the villains might be confusing. But for fans of Batman, it’s a must-read.