Radio 03.06.09
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” and here’s my commentary on the one new film opening at The Majestic Theater in Greenville today: “Watchmen.”
It’s hard to know what to think of this movie.  Yes, it’s reportedly a faithful rendition of a famous graphic novel, but that, in itself, doesn’t guarantee a good film, though it might help insure a few faithful followers.  First of all, it’s ‘way too long.  And not just because it’s two hours and 47 minutes.  But because it rambles, it digresses, it circles back on itself, and generally takes entirely too long to tell its story.  This thing badly needs an editor.  Maybe even more than “Lord Of The Rings,” which was another complicated fantasy with a big fan base to try to please, but still got bogged down in its own idiom.  But mostly, the plot is just muddy.  Yeah, there’s this big blue guy who walks around virtually naked, but it’s OK because he’s built like the Michaelangelo sculpture of David?  Then there’s the smartest guy in the world, who turns out to be deceptively evil, so he has to be stopped by a couple of semi-retired costumed crusaders who are not sure they’re ready to put the mask and cape back on, but a little va-va-voom with each other and they’re ready to roll.  Hmmm.  Other than the R-rating, this could have been “The Incredibles”, gone to seed and kinda longing for the world to be in crisis, so they could ride to the rescue again and re-acquire their superhero status.  That must be a really tough gig to give up.  Of course, it’s all comic-book-graphic violence, but they didn’t really need to saw that guy’s arms off, nor do they need to punch women, even if they can fight back.  Here’s a pretty bizarre theater experience, probably only for the hard-core graphic novel fan or the very adventurous moviegoer----but either way, “Watchmen” won’t be around long.  We hope.
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” for 93-5 KICK-FM.