For the most part I have been ignoring all the build up to the Watchmen movie release today. I've been quietly re-reading the book at home and waiting for the reviews to roll in.
Don't know if it was done to capitalize on or mock the hype surrounding the opening of the Watchmen movie, but all week PVP has been doing a parody of the Watchmen called Ombudsmen using syndicated newspaper comic strip characters.
I thought the concept was clever and well executed; especially how Scott Kurtz adapted the main storyline to fit his parody. His casting was also spot-on. It’s a funny read. Worth your time.
As for the film - the reviews for the film have been mixed. The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips hated it. The Chicago Sun-Times’ Roger Ebert loved it. Everyone else seems to falling into one of those two camps.
Personally, I am ambivalent to the movie. I love the book immensely. It’s one of my top five favorite comics and I’ve always shared Watchmen writer Alan Moore’s assertion that the book cannot be made into a movie. Plus, I was less than enthralled with Watchmen director Zack Synder’s uninspired film interpretation of Frank Miller’s 300.
None the less, it would be interesting to see for myself how things turned out.