The Dark Arts Review #7

This week "The Dark Arts Review" is taking a week off. Mainly because i cant review porn and Street Fighter - The Legend of Chun Li hadn't finished downloading in time. So i promise that i will do two next week. I did write this though.

5 Reasons why you should cross the geek line and watch the Watchmen

a) It is the best graphic novel of all time and is the only comic that is in Time magazine’s top 100 books of all time. The Da Vinci Code isn’t part of the top 100.

b) The Dark Knight showed us that the world is ready for sophistication with their popcorn superhero films. Watchmen is not even a superhero film, it deals with the repercussions of the murder of a retired superhero.

c) Supposedly set in an alternative 1985 New York, the film is very much a product of its era. Paranoia, discomfort and uncertainty reigns throughout the novel. It is set in a world where America won the Vietnam War (in the novel), the Watergate scandal left the public sceptical of politicians and fearful of the rapidly growing power used by the USSR.

d) The novel does not pull punches. You will see some of the most graphic and taboo subject matter on screen. This is not Superman 3 where Clark Kent becomes an alcoholic and doesn’t bother to save anyone due to him thinking with his penis. That always bothered even as a 7 year-old: Why was it so bad that Superman developed a taste for a fine scotch and a good looking woman? As any fan of Mallrats knows, he can’t settle down with Louis Lane. You have to assume that all of his bodily functions move faster than a speeding bullet, he would blow a hole through her ovaries like a shotgun.

e) If this does turn out to be a flop, I’m worried it will be, it will be due to the fact that it is almost impossible to make a film of such scope and magnitude without alienating a mainstream audience. This film has spent 18 years in development hell, every big name actor of the past 15 years has at some point been attached to star. Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon. Luckily Zac Synder, director of 300, decided that it was best to go with an almost unknown cast. That’s a big risk for a film a film with a lot of money invested in it.

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