Watchmen movie ending blows...

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by T'Baio, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. T'Baio

    T'Baio Admiral Admiral

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    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.
     
  2. Tiny Timby

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    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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  3. Kaijufan

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    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.
     
  4. od0_ital

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    The new endin' is awesome. Trust me, it works.
     
  5. Praetor

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    The purist in me hates the change. The optimist is confident that it will work as well, if not better.
     
  6. Leroy

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    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!
     
  7. Norrin Radd

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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.
     
  8. DeafPoet

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    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.
     
  9. Thrall

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    The new ending makes more sense and is less random.
     
  10. Anwar

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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.
     
  11. Praetor

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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.
     
  12. RAMA

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    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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  13. Small White Car

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    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.
     
  14. dru

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    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... :guffaw:

    I'm not even a fan and even I can see the new ending is lame. :rolleyes:
     
  15. Jono

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    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.
     
  16. Kaijufan

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    According to the spoilers I've read Veidt has multiple Doctor Manhattan bombs which he detonates in cities around the world, so yes it would unite the world against Doctor Manhattan.
     
  17. The Evil Dead

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    Yup, it turns it into a global catastrophe.

    I'd have enjoyed the visual of the squid in downtown New York, I've seen New York zapped with lasers before, but I can see from how the new ending might enhance the story. I will wait and see what I think of it this weekend, but I understand why they changed it and am open to the concept.

    A friend of mine here in Toronto worked on the IMAX transfer of the film and said the film is very good, so I'm optimistic. He got to see Star Trek the other day... sonofa...
     
  18. dkehler

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    Best decision they could have possibly made.
     
  19. JacksonArcher

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    He did?! And...?
     
  20. Skywalker

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    Gah, I wish I hadn't clicked on this thread. Oh well, not a big deal. I knew the movie wouldn't be a faithful adaptation. This is a change that I actually don't mind. Hopefully they executed it well.