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Feature 7.6
Video 5.0
Audio 6.8
Total 7.0
Distributor: Warner
Running Time: TBA
Classification: MA15+
Reviewer:
Mark Arnold

7.0


Watchmen the Complete Motion Comic

I should begin this by pointing out where I’m coming from because Watchmen has a very loyal fanbase. I had never heard of Watchmen before the movie was released last year but what I did hear gave it very high praise. I was really looking forward to it thinking that I would be delighted in a fresh-faced naive way, experiencing that which the old hands had not experienced since they first read the comic. However, the movie left me very confused. I could follow it, but the style and the pacing and the story I found extremely odd. I was never asked to review it and that is fortunate because I thought about it (it’s kind of a habit nowadays) and the only thing I could think to give it was “weird out of 10.”

Now Warner Bros. have released the oddly named “Complete Motion Comic.” It is a strange title, but it is actually completely accurate. What they have here is a comic of Watchmen which has some minor animations (think Flash animations) and a narrator reading all the text.

Personally, I loved it. I can now see why Watchmen had such a strong following. Watchmen actually is incredibly unique and it comes across much, much better in comic form. Since I didn’t read the original comic I can’t draw a comparison, but this has new graphics that parallels the movie perfectly. I am to understand the movie likewise paralleled the original comic so what we have now is a comic about a movie about a comic. Weird (like everything Watchmen) but it works.

The greater understanding comes from being able to read what is being said as it is said, and greater exposition. Not a word is wasted and when you have a movie like that if anything that is even remotely unintelligible (say because Rorschach has a gravelly voice) you will miss something important. These compound over time until by the end of the movie you are thoroughly confused. I found I could follow along, but compared to Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic, I was watching it with my eyes shut.

The animations are very simplistic – think “flash movie” – and there is one guy (Tom Stechschulte) narrating the whole thing so the women’s voices in particular are quite grating. Still, it all works together and to me a nice augmentation over just comic stills. I have to wonder why one would buy this and not just the original comic, but then, I didn’t buy the original comic and I did watch this quite happily and felt all the more enlightened for it, so go figure.

The scores I gave it I have judged very high in comparison to contemporary animation, but that’s a lot of “style” bonus because it is an entirely different thing that it is going for.

If you can pick it up cheap or rent it, I would, it works well.






 
 



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