ETA: Spoilers in the comments!
I thought Watchmen was a very good movie. Pretty close to perfect actually, with the look and the actors and the music. I sat their with a huge grin on my face just thinking how much fun I was having. I love movies like that.
It did get me thinking though, about how completely your expectations can effect your enjoyment levels. It’s also something that’s come up a few times in conversation lately. For example, if you go into a movie expecting/fearing that it will be shite then generally you will be impressed. Of course, in your mind it is then a good movie, because it exceeded your expectations. That’s fine. Up until you start telling people that it was an awesome movie, because then you’re giving them the expectation of something great. Then they may get disappointed. This has happened to me with a couple of movies, so I have taken to tempering my opinions somewhat.
The worst one was probably Shakespeare in Love I saw it after a heap of my friends had seen it and a lot of people were coming up to me and saying ‘this is the best movie ever’ or ‘this movie was made for you’ or ‘you, Jenni, will totally love this movie.’ So I went along with these huge expectations which no movie could really live up to. Afterwards I was saying ‘yeah, it was a good movie, but it wasn’t the best movie ever.’
I loved Watchmen, but then I am a fan of the comic and I really enjoyed how they made it happen. I loved the opening credits and the faux diorama photography backstory. I liked Rorsharch and Laurie. I liked the music an awful lot.
It’s hard to say if the movie’s any good if you haven’t read the book, but Chelle and Jase seemed to like it so I guess it still stands up on some level. Lee thought some scenes were a bit long and he had pacing issues, but I know that if it had chopped and changed through the story stuff super fast with no breathing room he wouldn’t have liked that either. He would have said it was like an early Harry Potter film.
So what I’m trying to say is, I thought Watchmen was an awesome film, but I am coming at that from the stand point of a comic fan who loves superheroes and loves movies that are artsy and subvert their genre in clever ways. I also went in fearing that it wouldn’t be very good. I hoped, but it was a small timid hope. No movie will please everyone so don’t go blaming me if you don’t like it.
In other news….I finished reading Debbie’s book, I tidied some more stuff away in the spare room, got some scrapbooking done, failed to have a good sleep, painted my toenails and found my camera.
Point of Fashion: Juno
Current Obsession: the bacon bambino burger I had on Thursday.