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Old February 28 2009, 11:14 PM   #1
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Watchmen movie ending blows...

Spoiler alert. Duh.

I just read how Snyder has changed the ending, from the Squid thing to making bombs from Dr. Manhattan's powers, bombing cities and uniting the world against Dr. Manhattan?

That fucking sucks.
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Old February 28 2009, 11:22 PM   #2
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Re: Watchmen movie ending blows...

We get ...

"Oh, you managed to squid-ify one city. Woop dee doo. Congrats."

Or ...

"Man, you blew up every major population point in most of the civilized world with an explosion that cites one of our own allies as the cause because you're a cold-hearted motherfucker. Damn y'know, this sure does unite a lot of people against one force, even if they're terrified of that force. Fuck, and y'know I bet it took a lot of work to make it look like a Manhattan thing."

Edit: This is from Dave Gibbons' storyboards of the film. Note the scale. I think this makes it equally valid as the original, considering that Ozymandias' goal is utopia, and by destroying the central capitals of the world, people will need to work together and stop turning against each other in general. (Hence the focus against Dr. Manhattan; when he abandons Earth, he can be focused upon as an enemy.)

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Old February 28 2009, 11:27 PM   #3
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Re: Watchmen movie ending blows...

I think the new ending works much better for the movie going audience that hasn't read the graphic novel then the original.
And besides, be it with a giant squid or tricking everyone into thinking Doctor Manhattan went crazy and killed a bunch of people, Veidt has accomplished his goal of getting the world to unite.
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Old February 28 2009, 11:31 PM   #4
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Re: Watchmen movie ending blows...

The new endin' is awesome. Trust me, it works.
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Old March 1 2009, 01:23 AM   #5
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Re: Watchmen movie ending blows...

The purist in me hates the change. The optimist is confident that it will work as well, if not better.
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Old March 1 2009, 02:02 AM   #6
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Re: Watchmen movie ending blows...

All I'm going to say without seeing the movie is that if you just see the movie and don't read the book or don't plan on reading the book, SHAME ON YOU!
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Old March 1 2009, 02:17 AM   #7
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The image of a giant alien nightmare surrounded by a million dead people is one of the highlights of the book.
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Old March 1 2009, 03:02 AM   #8
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Re: Watchmen movie ending blows...

Leroy wrote: View Post
All I'm going to say without seeing the movie is that if you just see the movie and don't read the book or don't plan on reading the book, SHAME ON YOU!
I've never read a single comic book in my life and I picked up Watchmen last month because I heard it was that good. It is. bring on the movie.

Also, I'm flexible on the ending. I've only recently gotten into it so the material isn't really sacred to me. I just hope they do what makes dramatic sense. The ending on the page works well for the funnybooks but I'm not sure how it would translate to the silver screeen.
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Old March 1 2009, 04:33 AM   #9
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Re: Watchmen movie ending blows...

The new ending makes more sense and is less random.
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Old March 1 2009, 04:57 AM   #10
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Exactly, if they stuck with the space octopus most of the audience would've left with a "Well, THAT was out of nowhere" feel.
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Old March 1 2009, 06:01 AM   #11
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^Yep, whereas in the book the hints splattered throughout kind of gel when you finally learn about it. I'm sure they wouldn't have been able to include such references in the movie without beating you over the head with it and ruining any attempt at surprise.
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Old March 1 2009, 06:45 AM   #12
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Re: Watchmen movie ending blows...

Not sure yet. I too like the scene in the graphic novel where the squid is surrounded by death. On the other hand, Dr Manhattan making a sacrifice for Earth has its appeal too.

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Old March 1 2009, 07:17 AM   #13
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Leroy wrote: View Post
All I'm going to say without seeing the movie is that if you just see the movie and don't read the book or don't plan on reading the book, SHAME ON YOU!
It's too late for me now. I've been told this so many times it's ruined me and I know I'll find a way to hate it. It's unavoidable.

It won't be its fault, so I'm not going to read it. No sense in tearing something down that doesn't deserve it.

I never saw 'American Beauty' either, for exactly the same reason.
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Old March 1 2009, 11:41 AM   #14
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Kaijufan wrote: View Post
I think the new ending works much better for the movie going audience that hasn't read the graphic novel then the original.
And besides, be it with a giant squid or tricking everyone into thinking Doctor Manhattan went crazy and killed a bunch of people, Veidt has accomplished his goal of getting the world to unite.
Because a cold war America's enemies wouldn't instead take that moment to gang up on the country but instead would unite with America? Sure...

I'm not even a fan and even I can see the new ending is lame.
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Old March 1 2009, 01:52 PM   #15
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Leroy wrote: View Post
All I'm going to say without seeing the movie is that if you just see the movie and don't read the book or don't plan on reading the book, SHAME ON YOU!
I doubt I will feel any more shame with this movie then any other based on a comic or book that I have not read, which is to say shame = zero.
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