I'm about halfway through this one and I'm loving it. I'm not one of the haters you were alluding to, but I must say about 18 months ago on the Internet and Twitter-sphere I felt like I got sucked into a parochial, dumb Beatles vs, Stones-style conflict whereby you were either a Snyder guy or a Nolan guy. Well, I'm a Nolan guy and I guess I needlessly got my back up about Zack. (I have no idea how this thing got started!) As impressive as 300 and WATCHMAN are, I feel you're watching the realization of someone else's vision. (Not so with Nolan, he may have his problems -- a certain coldness -- but, Jesus, he's amassed an impressive and personal body of work in a short time.)
WATCHMAN was the first blu-ray I ever got and the director's cut is a little exhausting. I'm gonna try watching it in the exact manner that Tom describes.
Interesting statement you made that I hadn't considered. 300 and Watchmen were self-contained stories with a beginning, middle, and end (opposed to Batman or other properties where new stories can be created just for the movie screen) so he was essentially doing adaptations so I can definitely see where you are coming from when you say he was just fulfilling someone else's vision.
But a lot of the tricks he uses are adapted from the short-hand language of comics such as slowing the action down to give a sense of you looking at a comics panel and then speeding it up to simulate as best as he can the action of going to another panel. The only trick he hasn't used is the panels on the screen trick that Ang Lee used in The Hulk and I would like to see what Zack could do with that.
Oh, and the BEatles win over the 'Stones.
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