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Old March 3 2009, 05:15 AM   #1
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New Yorker Watchmen Review *Minor Spoilers*

The New Yorker has a very unflattering review of the movie. Not to say that this is necessarily a film that will appeal to the art crowd, but it does bring up some disturbing points for me. I was a fan of the original graphic novel, which I read back in the 80's as it was originally published so I know the story but I don't want this thread to contain too many specific movie or plot references for those who do not want to know about them.

Check out the review:

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critic...ci_cinema_lane
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Old March 3 2009, 05:41 AM   #2
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I'm not surprised by that review. I fear I may agree with much of it, but reserve judgment until I see the film. It's little consolation that the seven critics at Metacritic have been about as unkind to the film, though.
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Old March 3 2009, 05:44 AM   #3
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It's at 76% on RT. So that's good. I suppose.
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Old March 3 2009, 05:50 AM   #4
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The NY review's not positive about the film, but it doesn't seem any higher on the original story (to the point of severely misinterpreting Moore's work), which casts some doubt on its credibility.
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Old March 3 2009, 05:54 AM   #5
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Ah you gotta be born with your head stuck straight between your butt cheeks to even be considered for a job at the New Yorker. Like I care what that pretentious hack thinks. I may not have seen the movie but even if it's bad it doesn't deserve a review that hoity toity. I can't think of any movie that does.
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Old March 3 2009, 07:47 AM   #6
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“Watchmen,” like “V for Vendetta,” harbors ambitions of political satire, and, to be fair, it should meet the needs of any leering nineteen-year-old who believes that America is ruled by the military-industrial complex, and whose deepest fear—deeper even than that of meeting a woman who requests intelligent conversation—is that the Warren Commission may have been right all along.
What the fuck? Like really?
We're all assholes who think women are best found in porn magazines? I know reviews are supposed to be opinion, but could this line have worked if it was some other group?

"Sex and the City" harbors ambitions of political satire, and, to be fair, it should meet the needs of any 30 year old woman who believes Prada will solve all her problems and, whose deepest fear - deeper even than that of missing a sale at Louis Vutton - is that their fourty-thousand dollar wedding gown might be ruined on her wedding day.

I'm so tired of this "nerds are losers" shit. Ugh.
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Old March 3 2009, 07:55 AM   #7
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I'm so tired of this "nerds are losers" shit. Ugh.
So prove them wrong!

It is our job to bring out everyone's inner nerd! One day nerds will reign supreme.
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Old March 3 2009, 07:57 AM   #8
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All I can hope is that the guy's computer breaks down when he's writing a long review and he forgot to save his file. Then we'll see who he calls.
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Old March 3 2009, 08:01 AM   #9
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Reading this guys other reviews, it's fairly obvious that he wouldn't know a good movie if it shat on his face, and he has a pathological hatred of both action films and summer blockbusters.
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Old March 3 2009, 12:52 PM   #10
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The NY review's not positive about the film, but it doesn't seem any higher on the original story (to the point of severely misinterpreting Moore's work), which casts some doubt on its credibility.
HUGE doubt to my mind. I'm willing to accept that the film might not be all that - although I really really hope I'm wrong, but this review is a complete joke.
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Old March 3 2009, 01:09 PM   #11
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The NY review's not positive about the film, but it doesn't seem any higher on the original story (to the point of severely misinterpreting Moore's work), which casts some doubt on its credibility.
HUGE doubt to my mind. I'm willing to accept that the film might not be all that - although I really really hope I'm wrong, but this review is a complete joke.

Agreed. When I read it it's clear the reviewer seems to hate (or doesn't believe that it's possible) the very idea of a comic book, certainly the idea that a comic book could tell a complex story.

There are other reviews out there that don't like it, but at least they seem to understand the comic...or at least appreciate it.
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Old March 3 2009, 01:12 PM   #12
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Reading this guys other reviews, it's fairly obvious that he wouldn't know a good movie if it shat on his face, and he has a pathological hatred of both action films and summer blockbusters.
Well, he does write for The New Yorker.
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Old March 3 2009, 02:30 PM   #13
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What the fuck? Like really?
We're all assholes who think women are best found in porn magazines? I know reviews are supposed to be opinion, but could this line have worked if it was some other group?
Agreed. The entire review's credibility was shot as soon as I read that. It's one thing to tear a movie apart, it's another to insult its primary audience.

Reading the review through, it seems the writer was also biased against Moore's original work and missed a lot of the point of the book to begin with, so the movie review itself is suspect IMO.
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One day nerds will reign supreme.
Don't we already?
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Old March 3 2009, 04:45 PM   #15
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Don't we already?


My thoughts exactly.

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