Posted by loller90278
im definitely not one of those types that likes to sit back, relax, and watch some hollywood action where cars blow up every 5 minutes. i've seen enough indie/art house films to last me 3 lifetimes. that being said, movies like donnie darko, the fountain, watchmen, boondock saints, etc.. i think theres an underlining pseudo intellectual tone to it to where teenagers try to dig at and find some philosophical meaning or some satire to society.
granted, i havn't read the novel. Maybe if i read that i'd understand a bit more, but as of right now, i still think that theres a lot more style than substance in this movie.
I can't believe you would call many of those "pseudo-intellectual". To me, the beauty of many of these films is that they are so subtle with their messages. For the record, I wouldn't consider myself either a teenager or a pseudo intellectual. I'd consider myself a pretty worldly guy who has experienced quite a few things that most people haven't. The details of which I won't go into, but rest assured I've faced humanity in ways that most haven't. I'm also pretty well read.
I only say those to defend my position as what you would call a "pseudo intellectual teenager," and to illustrate the fact that I know and understand the human condition and literature pretty well.
Without going into detail for risk of spoilers, I would say that some things to consider when watching the film are the relation of the imagery of the black and white of Rorshach's mask to his views on society. When Rorschach becomes "Rorschach" it is also important to note that those lines of grey disappear, and specifically when those disappear is when "Rorschach" is born. Also, the bloody "Smiley" and the tone of the film in scenes where it is shown. The do-whatever-be-whatever for the government attitude displayed by The Comedian, and the social backlash/detachment from care it causes. (something I personally relate to due to my own experiences in war) Not to mention the incredibly deep political overtones highlighted by the subtle mockery of the human race and how beautiful women relate to driven men.
To assume that somebody wrote a dumb and emotionless story as celebrated as Watchmen, and that any kind of philosophy or satire towards society involved is just coincidence, well.. that's kind of a strange position. Writers write the things they do because whether they realize it or not they are writing based on the way the world has shaped them and how they view it in return. Even if the writer didn't mean for Rorshach to view the world as black and white, and even if it was coincidence that his mask happened to shift from black to white ink blots, he still did those things subconsciously because when thinking of how the character would view the world his own ideas manifested. Again, subconsciously. Which leads to subtlety, which is a dying artform in cinema today. The sheep want their entertainment, and hollywood is more than willing to oblige with blockbuster CRAP films like "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" which sat atop the box office for quite some time.
I could go on and on. Point is- to call it pseudo intellectual is a bit insulting for one (Why one can't just admit that the message may not have spoken directly to a person like themselves escapes me) and for two- there is a lot going on under the surface. Like I said from the beginning- I would call this a movie that some will love, and some will hate. Everyone loved movies like The Dark Knight and Iron Man because the instant gratification was there, and in the case of each the storyline mostly came full circle and questions were answered- the issue of bad guys being out there was addressed. The Dark Knight definitely had subtlety involved, but I wouldn't place it on the level of Watchmen.