is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Principal Designer at Adobe. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired in 2013), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “How They Got There: Interviews with Digital Designers About Their Careers”and “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
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I just don’t think they can pull it off. Watchmen is one of my favorite books of all time and I really can’t see how they can do it justice on screen. I’m pretty much have the same view as Alan Moore does about it: “I shan’t be going to see it. My book is a comic book. Not a movie, not a novel. A comic book. It’s been made in a certain way, and designed to be read a certain way: in an armchair, nice and cozy next to a fire, with a steaming cup of coffee.”
In the specific context of Watchmen, the awful makeup is somewhat defensible because — like the art of the comic — the visual direction is meant to invoke contemporary superhero stories. Certainly that argument only gets you so far. I personally have other reasons to lower my expectations for this movie.
I agree with your sentiment, however in this instance I think it’s appropriate. The Watchmen aren’t super heroes or rich like Batman (Except for Nite Owl or Ozymandias but you get my point). So I believe they would have used whatever means necessary, like mascara or whatever.
I’ve only just read Watchmen in my usual late-to-the-best-in-field-work way, and found it to be really gripping. I’m not into comics or graphic novels but wanted to catch up for the film. However having read it I don’t think they’ll be able to do it justice.
I too have only just read Watchmen as a result of heavy adverting in my local bookstore. Advertising I suspect only there because of the film.
I absolutely loved it! Even if the film cannot do the originals justice, it can hopefully open it up to a whole new audience. I personally have no excuse being 28 – I should have read it the first time around, but I hope the graphic novel can be discovered and loved by many more people.
“If there’s been anything quite as good since, I haven’t come across it.”
As much as I, too, love Watchmen, I have to ask: Does Sandman count?
I’ve just reread it for the first time in 18 years and it was just as good as the first time. I have to agree that I’ve never found another comic book as compelling.
I’m kind of looking forward to the movie but hope it doesn’t get too much Hollywood sanitization. When you’re reading the really dark parts of the book with Rorschach you can’t help thinking they won’t make it into the movie.
I look forward to watch this movie. Since I’ve seen the trailer I count the days it’ll be shown in cinemas.
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