Now that is just strange. Have you seen the opening sequence for "Watchmen"? (If not, go to this Cinema Blend link; I'll wait.)
Back? Good. See what I mean?
I'm just not sure what Zack Snyder is trying to do entirely.
Sure, this montage of sequences gives "Watchmen" a sense of altered history on which the story is based, fills in some storyline gaps and even previews what happens later. But I'm still left going, "Huh?"
I'm scratching my head because I'm unsure of the tone for which Snyder is striving: Tongue in cheek? Documentary? Vaguely camp? Dead serious? Mockumentary? Satirical? Ironic? (All of the aforementioned qualities?)
Having heard how graphic the violence is and steaming the sex scenes are, I wasn't expecting this — whatever this is.
Given the "stylized" opening sequence, what should I expect from the rest of the film? Some of the sequences are entertaining because they are so unexpected. Ummm, more like they made me chuckle; that was especially the case with the Last Supper homage and the recurring appearance of the kissed nurse.
Having the original Silk Spectre's likeness on the side of a war plane fits in with the tradition of adorning planes with pin-up models.
And wouldn't Andy Warhol have painted his take on Nite Owl? (But man, that naked male posterior quickly killed any fan buzz I had going.)
My favorite was Ozymandias standing in the street, seemingly basking in the crowd outside of Studio 54 behind him going wild at whatever heroics he just did. Like the graphic novel, he's a pompous a** who has an over-inflated sense of self-worth. Did you notice the faux Village People in the background?
The perfect, finishing touch was having Ozy walk into the crowd, only to briefly — and effeminately touch hands — with the Ziggy Stardust wannabe as he walked by. Creepy, just like Ozy and his not-so-secret alter ego, Adrian Veidt.
Yet again, The Movie Blog gang has the most honest perspective on the entirety of "Watchmen": "Reviews are still very bipolar with many claiming it as revolutionary genius to utter garbage. I think a lot of that has to do with appreciation for the story and anticipating what you were getting into." (For all of Rodney's thoughts, click here.)
DOES ANYONE ELSE SMELL CHEESE?: As far as 'Wolverine' goes, E! Online's Erik Pedersen is saying what I've been saying about the trailer for "Wolverine" — but a little better: "… any movie that features the hero clinging to the top of a moving vehicle (even if it is a helicopter this time) is highly suspect."
Despite the fact that Wolverine is leaping through the air toward certain maiming, him latching onto the top of the chopper just doesn't do it for me. I couldn't believe that was one of the "money shots" the producers wanted to leave us with.
Pedersen continues: "Then all that dream-sequence-looking stuff—Civil War Wolverine and so on—seems silly out of context. We could go on."
He didn't, but I will.
Those war sequences were just bound to confuse fans since they seem to just randomly included for some sort of wow factor.
On the up side — and there should be one since I've been dogging Wolverine — this last trailer is the best looking one. Still not into the older child Logan having claws, but the showdown between Wolverine and Sabretooth is looking even more promising.