Wednesday, January 14, 2009

NEWS: Watchmen Update...SPOILERS...

It's the beginning of the year, and with that, comes a storm of bad films. Last week we got The Unborn (which looks good, but is allegedly not), and now this week we get the Citizen Kane-esque masterpiece known as Paul Blart: Mall Cop. However, not all is lost for the first three months of this new year. We have smaller films like Wendy And Lucy coming to GR, and even bigger films like The International, Friday The 13th, and to an extent My Bloody Valentine 3D, to hold us over until the summer season.

There is one film however, that has been in limbo, that may be the most anticipated film of '09. Watchmen has had it's fair share of trouble over the past year or so, yet it seems like it all may come to an end, and we may actually see it when the clock hits 12 on March 6th... Thanks to cinematical for the heads up...

First, let's tackle the Watchmen legal update. The Hollywood Reporter says that the January 20th court date has been canceled, and Warner Bros and Fox are talking about a settlement. It was expected we'd have one by now, since they started over the weekend, but it's apparently "serious" and probably heated too. You'll get your movie on March 6th though. What did we tell you?

So it looks like we all will get a chance to see what Zack Snyder and crew came up with come the beginning of March.

Here's the question though. According to early screenings, particularly the now famous one in Portland, there has been much talk about the ending to the film, compared to the ending of the acclaimed graphic novel. I do not think I reported this when it first came out, so here it is.

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According to the reports, the climax of the graphic novel where Veidt releases his squid in New York City, was not in the movie. Instead, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias builds a machine that mimics Dr Manhattan’s powers and uses it to set off atomic bomb like explosions in various cities around the world.

What are your thoughts on this new ending? Honestly, if you have read the graphic novel, this shouldn't be a suprise, as to me, the squid would not only be a huge use of cash, but maybe more comical or just goofy than the serious tone in which the film needs to be handled. To me, and Adam Quigley said this on a past episode of the /FilmCast (can't go a day without a plug), that the one thing that can't change is that lots of people die, Veidt is behind it, and he DOESN'T get killed. If Ozy dies, then he's the bad guy in the sense of the word. If he doesn't, you walk out of the theatre wondering if he actually had a point in his actions, and thinking about who the real bad guy was. THAT is what needs to stay...

What do YOU think??

Come back later for more news and notes...

Go see something good!

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