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The thing that I like about the trailer is that it speaks very directly to fans of the book. There are a ton of moments in there that I looked at, and then had to go back and watch again and again, or pause just to see the little things. It really is aimed at the fans of the book. Cyric et al., can't wait to see what you guys think after you see it tonight...or now, by clicking the link above!
I must say that was my best linkclick in ages. Click Cyrik, click...or rather...don't. If you've got it coming on a big screen soon enough, be patient. I'm considering going to the movies for this alone
Hmmm....I'll just re-click.
It's amazing. It looks as if he keeps the standard from 300. Finally a director worthy of taking the a graphic novel to the screen.
Temptation thus far resisted, despite the machinations of those of you on my "friends" list .
With less than 8 hours to go, I find myself wondering if years from now I'll care that I waited to see the first trailer on the big screen. The answer is unquestionably, "no" but I'll wait anyway.
You can do it! I'm seeing it in 4 hours, and even though I've seen the trailer now around 20 times, I still cannot wait for the big screen experience. I have rarely, if ever, been this excited for a movie, especially one this far out.
If I lived in a place just remotely closer to the center of the universe than Ronneby, Sweden -I'dgo see it on a big screen too. But as my horizon is but half an inch away I have to satisfy with the InterNetthingie. And may I say it's not an disappointment (spellcheck failed so please excuse my poor english)
I make no apologies for the spoilers in this post, as I'm assuming I was one of the few who read this thread who didn't immediately click on Tekore's link.
My friends, I am here to tell you that I've just had one of the most incredible experiences in recent memory. It starts with my friend getting tickets to a different show than she told me - she got tickets to a midnight show tonight (as in on the 19th), since she figured it would be the least busy of the weekend. I thought it strange that they had a midnight show on the second night the movie was out, but I didn't question it too much.
We arrived at the theater at 11:30 to discover that the tickets we had bought (at the theater, not online), were for a show that was mistakenly entered into their system and for which tickets were only available for about 2 hours. Upon realizing their error, they performed what I consider to be one of the finest examples of customer service I've seen. Rather than offering us free tickets for another show, they simply prepared a theater and let us in. 24 hours after it opened to a day of sold-out shows, there me and my friend sat, in a brand-new digital theater, getting a private showing of Dark Knight.
So while Dark Knight was by itself an awesome flick, I honestly think I have to see it again. Why? Because for the 2.5 hours that followed it, I was in a haze of admiration and pure fanboy rapture over the Watchmen trailer. While Bruce Wayne was pummeling various bad guys, I was happily replaying the trailer in my head and trying to figure out exactly how to package and ship my immortal soul to Zak Snyder for so perfectly rendering scenes from my favorite graphic novel on the big screen.
From Dr. Manhattan's partially-muscled skeleton scaring the crap out of a janitor to the Comedian's unsettling glee as he burns VC to a crisp, I found myself immersed in more true-to-material scenes from the movie than I had allowed myself to hope for. Had I brought my book with me, I could easily have flipped to the pages and shown my friend the exact panels.
And to wrap it all up brilliantly, we've got Jackie Earle Haley's flawless delivery of part of the opening monologue in the book, followed by the ever-so-subtle shifting of viscous fluids between to layers of latex -heat and pressure sensitive - of Rorschach's mask. This last tidbit nearly sent me into a nerd coma.
The individual scenes aside, I have to say I like the way the trailer frames the movie. It shows a lot of action and gives a hint of something deeper. In this way, I think 300 fans and appreciators will be enticed to see the movie for the director and action, and be subsequently wowed by the depth of the material, as I assume we all were upon reading the books.
If I had to nitpick (and what kind of fanboy would I be if I didn't), there were really only two things about the trailer that make me grimace a bit. The first is Ozymandias. I don't know if it's the suit, the hair, or how young Matthew Goode looks, but his scene just didn't jive with me. A lot of the costumes are different, but his is the only one that seems off to me. He may be able to pull it off in the long run, but I'm a bit skeptical. At this point, I'm putting my hope in Mr. Snyder, who has yet to let us down.
The other part was the brief glimpse of the Comedian fighting his assailant - he punches through a large chunk of wall with relative ease. The more I watch this scene the more I come to grips with it, but I'm worried that, while trying to make these people believable as superheroes, it might go a bit far in how powerful they are shown to be.
And in case you guys haven't discovered it yet, they're releasing the episodes of Watchmen as "Motion Comics" on iTunes. The first one is a free download until August 1, after which they'll start costing $1.99 per episode. I've downloaded and have begun watching the first episode, and it's very cleverly done and decently-narrated (though slightly strange when female parts are narrated by a man). It should help develop quite a lot of buzz for the new flick. Here's a link, if you're interested:
Apple - Search Results
My assessment: If I were to wake up tomorrow to find that it was March 6th, it would still not be soon enough. So how about it? What did the rest of you think of the trailer?