Today, then, is an attempt to post something of use on this here blog. It's a comparison and some thoughts on Watchmen in both filmic and graphic form. If that's your bag then by all means look to know more.
And then there are articles like this one, which just kicks off a whole new set of issues that having a film of this novel bring up. I recall something similar with V for Vendetta. I love the film. I love the graphic novel. I do. But I recognise that the slightly cleverer lines in the film ("the same thing that happens when any large group of unarmed people meet armed people" - which is, of course, a moral power that can help to prevent a massacre as much as create one) come at the cost of the central message of that novel - the power and allure of anarchism in the face of real tyranny. In a way, the message is one about the failure of the 'masses' and democracy. Interestingly, this theme is played with again in Watchmen through the vehicle of Nixon and his re-election. Also, the Comedian in the novel is very much not a Nazi, despite being awfully close, he is a parody of society. Oddly, this is made more clear and more brutal in the film. I was not expecting that particular message, that society itself is twisted because we let it be twisted and we're okay with that, to actually be made into a film that was designed to make money. It's a particularly ugly truth.
|Now, Rorschach does embody a character who only does|
what normal people could do. His difference is his lack of
moral compass. Or rather, his single-minded adherence to
his moral compass. No quarter asked for, none given.
I like Rorschach.
And that's all I really have for this evening. I would go further but this is not really a place for personal thoughts such as would be required.