My Man: So, what did you think of Watchmen?
Me: Meh. Long and slow. The editor should have been burning the midnight oil.
My Man: Yeah.
Me: I think they were a little too faithful to the graphic novel. I mean, it's not exactly a smart move to kill off your most interesting, and deeply flawed, character in the first 5 minutes of the movie.
My Man: Agreed. And your Comic Book Guy brother-in-law is right. Blue penis is distracting. The world doesn't need that much blue penis. In fact, I could have done without Dr. Manhattan entirely. All-powerful, all-seeing characters are really boring! If he's so all-powerful, why not just dismantle all the nuclear warheads with a snap of his fingers?
Me: Yeah, and they tried to give him a flaw - but it was a pretty boring one. His detachment from humanity. Oooooooh, deep stuff / end sarcasm. It bears repeating, it's a bad idea to kill off your most interesting character in the first 5 minutes. Although I liked the fact that Nite Owl/Dan was a total dork. A guy who doesn't stand out, who blends into the woodwork, and turns out to be a bad ass superhero. I also liked that it was a bunch of relative No Names in the movie. No big marquee-grabbing movie stars.
My Man: I did like that it was dark. And unapologetic. This might have been the most unapologetic movie I've seen since Se7en.
Me: Yeah, I loved the story idea. I loved that it was dark. The world needs more dark comic book stories, in my opinion. But that might be the crime noir pulp girl in me screaming for satisfaction. In the end, I didn't love it....and I didn't hate it.
My Man: Yeah pretty much me too. I'll probably watch it again when it hits cable, but I'm in no rush. If I had to do it all over again, I probably wouldn't have bothered seeing it in the theater.
Me: Well, at least we didn't pay for it. We'll have to thank Lil' Sis again for the gift card she got you for Christmas.
Final Grade = C