Moviegoers are the Goldilocks of cinema, especially when it comes to book adaptations. We're ridiculously picky and always want it just right. If a filmmaker changes a bunch of plot points, we'll rant and rage and wonder why they even bothered. But on the flipside, if the project is too faithful, we'll complain about that as well. We're almost never truly happy.
With Watchmen in theaters this week, those two sides are coming out in full force. This isn't a surprise, considering the impact Alan Moore's graphic novel had, and how many times we heard that Watchmen was unfilmable. I was inclined to agree until I visited the set. When you can see the scenes brought to life in front of you -- so you can touch and experience them -- it's hard not to think that the impossible is possible. If it looks that good, how can it possibly be bad?
Over a year later, I finally got to see the film for myself. Was it perfect? No. Was it terrible? Not at all. It was fun and thrilling in a deep, multilayered sort of way. But what was most interesting about Watchmen was how much Zack Snyder created a prep piece for the graphic novel. It was like an entertaining and engaging outline that begs that you read the novel and get the richer, deeper story.