Sunday, May 16, 2010

Movie: Watchmen

I was pretty late to the party on this story. When the film came out, it was the first I had ever heard of Watchmen, so I ignored it since I didn't know the background. Then, one day, I needed something to read and while at Fry's, saw the graphic novel for $15. I devoured that, because the story was gripping and the characters were wonderful. Thus, it was time for me to view Zack Snyder's vision of the novel, and I am happy to report that it was done well.

For the uninitiated, Watchmen takes place in an alternate America, where we won Vietnam, Nixon was re-elected (twice!), and vigilante costumed heroes roam the night, but Russia is still a Cold War threat. The threat of nuclear holocaust is more real than ever, and the populace lives in various stages of fear and paranoia. The story revolves around not just the state of the world, but a few of its inhabitants, those who would see justice done to criminals no matter what - the Watchmen. Possessing no super powers, but highly trained and resourceful, they broke rules police had to abide by, until the government shut them down in the late 70s. Now a few still work in the shadows, but even they are not prepared to put a stop to the end of the world.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Movie: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

It's been eight years since the first Ice Age movie came along and reminded us that good CG films didn't necessarily have to come from Pixar or Dreamworks. That first entry in the series had a lot going for it - distinct characters, clever writing, a simple road map for a plot that wasn't dull. Personally I wasn't a huge fan of the sequel, mostly because I never took to the new characters. Queen Latifah's female mammoth was OK, but the possum brothers were mostly annoying. For the third movie, only one new character is introduced (and retains all the previous ones), so the focus is mostly on the story.