Thursday, 5 March 2009
The trailer for the new Watchmen film is pretty dope. The movie comes out on Friday and is based on the widely acclaimed graphic novel of the same name written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.
I suppose the making of this film highlights the recent trend in comic book or graphic novels being turned into films; X-men, Superman, Persepolis etc... It highlights how similar and almost interchangeable the two mediums are. The most recent popular and quite good movie to be made into a film from a graphic novel was of course Sin City by Frank Miller, who also wrote 300.
Whilst I found Sin CIty to be more stylish and fast like a Quentin Tarantino flick. I found The Watchmen graphic novel to be of meatier subject matter in the terms of psychology and an overall dialogue on the apocalyptic nature of the Human race. It also discusses themes of various superpowers within the world and their hidden motives, actions, agendas as well as the consequences to these superpowers' actions on a global and universal scale.
The superpowers of the superheroes in the film act as a metaphor for literal superpowers that exist in the world be they nation-states, corporations, religions, or other hidden or occult organizations or entities.
I look forward to seeing the movie and seeing whether it delivers the goods.