Watchmen

Watchmen poster
Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore & illus. Dave Gibbons
Don’t you just love it when you turn up to watch a crappy film[1] and then get to see an excellent one by total fluke? That’s what to be me last night. Heading out to watch Marley and Me which I’d won tickets to, but when we went to collect them we spotted that they were also having a special screening of Watchmen. Himself, being the geek that he is, asked[2] about any spare tickets. On the off chance. The movies.ie people looked at each other, then told us to come back at 7. If they had any left over we’d get them. And they did. So in we went to watch Watchment. After having our phones checked to make sure they were switched off, outside the screen, which is a bit silly, I mean we easily could’ve switched them on again, if we were morons. I also spotted the camera yoke they use to scan the audience during the film to make sure no one is recording the film. I guess security was tight.

Anyways you most likely want to know what I thought of the film. Well, keeping in mind that I haven’t read the book yet so can’t do the whole comparison thing, I think it was really good. Solid, solid entertainment. Not quite what I was expecting, I thought there’d be more action, but still v good.

Read more about Watchmen

Linknotes:

  1. err apologies to Marley and Me maybe you arent crappy. I havent seen you so I cant really say
  2. begged. pleaded. made various offers that cant be repeated

300 [based on the book]

I have a feeling that how you feel at the end of seeing this film will be hugely coloured by your mindset before the film began. Personally I loved it. Wonderful visuals and a great story. Wasn’t overly impressed with the characterisation, but you can’t have everything.

The film begins with a voice-over, and this narrator pipes up throughout the film, sometimes describing the action that we are watching on screen. I have no doubt that some will find this redundant, but, given the ending and who the narrator is I think this device actually works really well. Plus he does add to the melodramatic, over the top atmosphere that make this such a good film.

SWAT

The latest offering from Colin Farrell and another film featuring cops. But sadly this is a rubbish film. The dialogue is so cliched that one has to laugh the whole way through, or else walk out in disgust. Luckily I was in the mood for a bit of a no-brainer, otherwise I would have gone to see Wilbur (wants to kill himself), which I am still looking forward too. Read more about SWAT