Analysis of book:

The graphic novel by Moore is is written with sophistication, with illlustration that resemble more sketches than drawings. This highlights the adult content of the graphic novel, and the fast paced action of the novel. Often times there will be panels in which no word is being said, and the action being seen in the panel is absent or very slight. These seem to be pauses, in which readers can stop to observe the details, such as newspapers on the desk for hints and clues, or to simply observe and get used to a character. The very real and intricate sketchings represent also the very real aspects of the superheroes, and demystifies in a sense superheros. They become humans dealing with fahtomable issues, such as being a government’s pawn instead of being a wholesome, amazing being.

Analysis of movie:

Watchmen the film took on a rather politlca stance of superheroes and a very dark one at that. While humanizing the superheros, it also takes away from the pure superhero movie and definitely makes it one that tells the tale of a person’s struggle to regain him/herself. The music chosen for the film seems to be incredibly worng, oftentimes playing classical or romantic music in opposition to gory bloody scenes. This creates a heightened dramatic effect. The film strast of celebrating the bravada of superheros, as they’re dressed inspandex suits then plops them in controversial political scenarios. It is an exploration of the human condition and identities.

Analysis of adaptation:

The darkness of the graphic novel and the depiction in terms of costuming and personalities seemed to be kept very well in the adaptation. Howwever, it was much more political than expected after reading the short excerpt graphic novel. This plays up the human aspect and struggles that even superheroes, like normal human beings, have to face. Though in the graphic novel there are politlca elements, such as the infiltration of the government, there seems to be more of a racial issue presented in the film. The film itself did a good job of presenting what only a graphic novel could, which is the thematic effects and explosions.

Critical Analysis:

In the book, the cataclysm at the end is caused by a huge monster, thought to be an alien life form, exploding in New York City. In the film, the cataclysm is caused by nuclear explosions in a number of cities (all having Dr. Manhattan’s signature, making him the monster). Why the change in the film and did it improve upon the ending in the book?

The change really posits the film as much more political and real, which fits in iwth the live action filming of the film. It also humanizes the entire film, and provides it with more relatable issues to a broader audience. The graphic novel, the original approach, seems to employ deux ex machina, which can be both fun and exciting but loses its touch with reality. The use of a more political aspect of destruction grounds the viewers in their movie watching experience.

Online analysis

1.) http://www.totalfilm.com/features/exclusive-why-alan-moore-hates-comic-book-movies

Alan Moore gives answers about why Hollywood will never be able to adapt graphic novels mostly becuase their focus is on money and will insert hollywood effects in order to sell.

2.) http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/03/watchmen_special_effects_creat.html

This describes the process a bit of how the action was filmed, with the use of live action and motion capture with LED lights, probably like qualysis labs.

3.) http://therumpus.net/2009/03/the-rumpus-long-interview-with-zack-snyder/

Snyder describes in an interview that the movie in part evaluated pop culture and the way that society responds to fads. He says that the movie and the graphic novel had the ability to question, answer, and propose issues that are much deeper than every day questions but make the questions fun to ponder and explore, such as when is the end of the world/doomsday and whom does God pray to. Religion was also an influence in his movie, where the more grandiose the picture in front of the person the more influence it will be, and the more ready the person will be to accept or want to realize a God behind it

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