Watchmen-mania at a Fever Pitch on the Internets!

watchmen manhattan Watchmen mania at a Fever Pitch on the Internets!That sound you hear rumbling in the background isn’t your CPU tower about to explode from overuse (seriously, you should think about turning your office computer off when you go home), it’s the geek stampede about to unleash itself over Watchmen. We’re nearly two weeks away from Zack Snyder’s “visionary” take on the groundbreaking Alan Moore graphic novel, and the internet is ripe with embargo-breaking reviews and first glimpses of the 163-minute movie. So strap on your hats and party like it’s 1985!

Let’s start with that aforementioned review: Matt Selman, an executive producer on The Simpsons, posted a wrap-up of his feelings on the film over at Time magazine’s “Nerd World” blog, despite the fact that Warner Brothers has instilled a pesky media blackout on critics until March 6th.

That sound you hear rumbling in the background isn’t your CPU tower about to explode from overuse (seriously, you should think about turning your office computer off when you go home), it’s the geek stampede about to unleash itself over Watchmen. We’re nearly two weeks away from Zack Snyder’s “visionary” take on the groundbreaking Alan Moore graphic novel, and the internet is ripe with embargo-breaking reviews and first glimpses of the 163-minute movie. So strap on your hats and party like it’s 1985!

Let’s start with that aforementioned review: Matt Selman, an executive producer on The Simpsons, posted a wrap-up of his feelings on the film over at Time magazine’s “Nerd World” blog, despite the fact that Warner Brothers has instilled a pesky media blackout on critics until March 6th. But apparently, since Mr. Selman has decided he is neither journalist nor critic, the rules do not apply to his sphere of influence (never mind the fact that he is writing for Time!). Thankfully for his sake, it’s doubtful the review will get him taken off of any Christmas card lists over at Warner Brothers–to call it glowing would be an insult to the adjective. Of Watchmen, Mr. Selman writes, “it’s a surreal mind-trip the likes of which my 14-year-old self would never have believed”. If that’s not enough praise, try this: “Sitting in that screening room and watching the visual world of the Watchmen movie unfold was one of the most powerful experiences I’ve ever had.  Not film experiences.  Just EXPERIENCES.” (The all-caps are his doing, not ours.) Despite the protestations of some bloggers, who act as if Mr. Selman burned a flag on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, we don’t have a big problem with this whole incident. Let’s be honest: embargoes are broken all the time. Mr. Selman isn’t the first man to do this, and he certainly won’t be the last.

Meanwhile, four short clips of Watchmen have hit the web and they have admirably succeeded in completely diminishing our expectations. Between the ridiculously unnecessary slow motion peppered throughout (we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there’s a shot of Rorschach getting something out of the fridge in slow motion) and the troublesome casting, Watchmen looks like it has the potential to make all the haters very happy over its failings. We get that no one wanted to put a bunch of stars in Watchmen, thus overwhelming the characters, but there had to be better people to cast than Malin Akerman, Matthew Goode and, Denny Duqette himself, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Plus, in one of those clips, did we hear “I’m Your Boogeyman” by KC and the Sunshine Band? We know the film takes place in the 70s and 80s (and we love the song) but doesn’t that feel a little out of place when rolled over images of men in tights? If Mr. Snyder was going for a Quentin Tarantino-plays-Steelers Wheel sort of juxtaposition, he missed.

Regardless, we’ll all be watching Watchmen when it hits theaters (and IMAX!) on March 6th.