in which there are 64 days, and Wil Wheaton had damn well better not be lying to me

Wil Wheaton, geek blogger extraordinaire, got a sneak peek at the new Watchmen movie and posted a glowing, bubbly review. An excerpt:

"I know a lot of people want to know about Watchmen, so I'll just cut to
the chase right away: It's the best movie inspired by a graphic novel
that I've ever seen. It could have gone wrong in a thousand different
places, and it didn't. I've wanted to see this movie for twenty years,
and it was entirely worth the wait. Hear me now, my fellow geeks: you
have nothing to worry about."

I'm still skeptical (damnit, Dan Dreiberg doesn't look like that) but hopeful, definititely- braced, but hopeful. So much of this looks so exactly right. Also, Wheaton's closing bit about meeting Zack Snyder makes me feel 100% about my own fangirldom.

I'm also boycotting talking to non- geeks about the movie/ books, because it's just too infuriating otherwise. Well, okay: I'm boycotting talking to people about it in person, obviously. I'm not going to explain what the book is about just because I like comics and you don't read them but everyone is talking about this movie. To get the standards out of the way: Yes, it's supposed to look that way. No, there's no Tobey Maguire. No, it's not about Batman. No, it's not cheesy and stop saying that. Seriously, this is Alan Moore- go out and get yourself a copy of the graphic novel. It won a Hugo and continues to be reviewed as one of the best pieces of modern English- language literature; you won't regret it.

  One thought on “in which there are 64 days, and Wil Wheaton had damn well better not be lying to me

  1. February 23, 2009 at 11:56 am

    i. am. stoked. for watchmen.
    it’s not even funny.
    (not going to lie.. feeling a yearning for transformers as well).
    did you hear tori has announced the name of her album to be released this spring?
    abnormally attracted to sin.
    these three things make all of my days a little brighter.
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  2. February 23, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Must….not……geek out……
    I’m encouraged that Wil likes it, because I’m still on the fence. I was crazy-excited when it was announced that they were finally taking it out of development hell, and I was jazzed when it went into previews, and the more I think about it – how?? It’s going to be so hard to get the full narrative….and I’m just annoyed as hell that they cast all the parts about, oh, 20 years too young. What’s gained by that?
    Hub and I were discussing Watchmen while waiting for a movie to start, and some girl horned in and suggested that really, there were so many better comics out there now that The Watchmen has become pretty obsolete and is kind of forgettable. I kind of almost decked her. (There are GOOD comics. Better? Uhhh….it’s tough to go up against something the only graphic novel considered one of the literary masterworks of the 20th century.) Oh well – she did mention something that I’m interested in reading now, so I’ll just take that away from the conversation and try to let go of the rest…..
    Dammit. I geeked out…..

  3. February 24, 2009 at 5:28 am

    I totally hear you- I’m SO uncertain about this. Every time someone translates Alan Moore into the big screen, it gets twisted. Sometimes it’s eh, and sometimes it’s ohmygodwhathaveyouDONE but it’s never made me happy.
    And holy crap, that girl had NO CLUE. What the hell is she thinking? There are some amazing series/ books out now, but they definitely do not eclipse Watchmen. That’s ridiculous.
    So what are you reading/ looking to read these days? And did you know there is a comics forum on Ravelry?

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