I said I wouldn't, but I guess I almost have to see Watchmen, just to see if Alex Jones's weird-ass review of it makes any sense. I usually stay far away from movie adaptations of Alan Moore's work; they're always a let-down.
Update: I'm shocked! Watchmen was great - very faithful to the book, right down to Dan's goofy glasses! Rorschach was faithfully rendered (a cross between Travis Bickle and Alfred E. Neuman, only more insane); signage and posters were just like those in the book; the setting wasn't altered (I thought they might update it to avoid those '80s fashions); the music was era-appropriate (ranging from the late '60s to mid '80s); individual frames of the book were awesomely brought to life. And there was no effort made to soften the characters. These are, after all, superheroes who aren't really superheroes.
My only complaint is that the New Frontiersman editor was a little underplayed. This guy is supposed to be a ranting, raging, self-righteous, Commie-hating loon, full of hatred for anything that isn't in line with his beliefs. It's that kind of hatred which will make Ozymandias's "final solution" not so final, so toning it down in the film blunts the ending considerably.
Other than that, an excellent adaptation.
As for Alex Jones, well, he's just not terribly bright.
Update Update: A fellow Canadian blogger has a part in the film!
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