Not being the first to admit I’ve never actually read the much adored graphic novel from Alan Moore, I feel I have to read it to decide whether this was actually a worthy adaptation or whether it falls in the category of “good effort, massive letdown”. Seen as my knowledge of the source material is somewhat limited, my thoughts on this film are purely based on its film incarnation and not a comparative commentary on it’s translation from page to screen.
For a start, I am a huge fan of Zack Snyder. His Dawn Of The Dead remake was, in my opinion, far superior to the original in terms of horror, action and pretty much everything else. The celebrity sniper scene was brilliant, the montage to a Richard Cheese lounge version of “Down With The Sickness” equally so. In his remake, Snyder managed to forget about the political and social connotations of Romero’s original and transformed zombies from the lumbering and retarded to the pacy and hershy stain inducing. 1-0 to Snyder. 300 was an adrenaline fuelled blood bath of superlative entertainment with more half naked men than the WWE. Style may have taken precedent over substance but what’s not to like about Spartans kicking/stabbing/bludgeoning ten shades out of a Persian army. Racist? Hell no. Awesome? Hell yeh! Snyder scores a 2nd. And what about his 3rd? Is it 3 and 3 for Snyder or does Watchmen have too big a story or come with far too much baggage for an MTV generation director to handle, let alone carry?
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