Here’s an interesting (well, interesting to drooling fanboys) blog post enumerating a bunch of reasons why Watchmen Shouldn’t Be A Movie. She’s wrong, of course — movies are good for different reasons than comics are good, but if you consider the comic to be the draft script and storyboard then assuming the acting and directing and editing are good then there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work. But it’s an interesting read, and especially interesting are the interview quotes from Alan Moore, like
With a comic you can stare at the page for as long as you want and check back to see if this line of dialogue really does echo something four pages earlier, whether this picture is really the same as that one, and wonder if there is some connection there… Watchmen was designed to be read four or five times.
which is, of course, exactly how I read it at the time it came out. Actually, I would read every issue four or five times, savoring the cadence of the prose, crossreferencing clues from previous issues, playing out the choreography of the infrequent fight scenes in my mind.
Oh, and the point about “Watchmen is of its time” is just asinine. As if people watching Saving Private Ryan couldn’t identify with a movie set in 1944.
More Watchmeat from io9: