Filmmaking / Directing : What's Up With Watchmen? by Karen E Ross

Karen E Ross

What's Up With Watchmen?

There are LOTS of reason to watch HBO, and I've heard Watchmen is one of them. Apparently, it's particularly timely?

Tell me why it's worth the extra moolah! Also, is there a suitable comp?

https://deadline.com/2020/06/watchmen-damon-lindelof-podcast-interview-t...

Louis Tété

HBO'S Watchmen was a blast in my opinion, i loved how Damon approached racism in America in correlation with the super hero genre. How he approached the police force in correlation to the public. Plus i think that he nailed story structure, everything is linked together and you only realize it in the end.

Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services

This was just an absolute masterpiece in terms of storytelling. It was historical in a Spike Lee kind of way, and also just had some great twists and turns. Information was revealed exactly when it was the most impactful without affecting pacing, and the social commentary was spot on. It's a slow, calculated drama about racism, PTSD, police brutality, and family, but within a superhero format. It's also an excellent sequel to the graphic novel, but not the film, so it took me a minute to connect some dots (especially with the squids).

Karen E Ross

Thanks for that, Louis Tété! You had me at "Spike Lee", Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services LOL!

Martin Reese

Watchmen brilliantly played in the world of the original Watchmen and created a unique story. The original Watchmen was a commentary on society. HBO's Watchmen was too. The acting was brilliant. The mysteries were built up and resolved. The characters were so well-done. And I really can't do a better analysis than Nick.

Martin Reese

By the way Nick, in the film Watchmen I thought they copped on not having the squid as in the graphic novel. HBO's Watchmen wasn't afraid to go there .In fact that's kind of what made the series so good too. They were not afraid to go there. They dealt with tough subjects and faced them head-on. I even liked how there were characters you liked that turned out not to be as good as you thought.

Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services

Martin Reese totally agree! I loved all the squid stuff. I always think back on this radio interview or whatever Zack Snyder did where he said he thinks superheroes are dumb and for the life of me I have no idea why he keeps making superhero movies haha. I like WATCHMEN the film well enough, but I don't love it. I think it doesn't quite make a point or settle on any sense of commentary the way the series did, and presumably the way the graphic novel did. But it sure is visually stunning. It is a bummer we probably won't get a second season with Regina or Damon, but I'm fine with leaving it where it ended.

Martin Reese

Exactly, Nick. The story buttoned up.

Karen E Ross

Thanks for that, Martin Reese! I guess it's time to watch it, then... LOL!

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