Film vs book:
Very true to the book! The dialogue is there, the music is there, the details in the background are there (so I guess I will watch the film again… and again… and again… until I’ve picked up all the lovely details). Rorschach’s journal - lovely. Rorschach’s “hurm” - spot-on.
Well, there had to be changes. Some will complain. But I agree with most of them.
Side storylines had to go (pirates, film crew, newstand, psychologist’s home life - although most of them are either mentioned or the characters briefly shown) and the main story had to be shortened of course. As it is, the film is over 3 hours long (the director’s cut is said to be 4 hours). The small changes include, for instance, that Dr. Manhattan does not take the detour to the military site to pick up the photo of Jon and Janey, but rather that he carried it with him to the interview in the first place, before beaming to Mars. Stuff I can absolutely live with. Sex and fighting scenes seeemed slightly longer than in the book.
There is one big change to the book - the squid. So Adrian’s destruction isn’t blamed on a giant brain but on Dr. Manhattan. I would have liked to SEE the squid, but at the same time, the Manhattan thing makes sense, too, maybe even more than the original, or at least that’s what I think right now. It just works… especially when they say “people will behave as long as they feel Dr. Manhattan is watching them”.
I especially liked:
The actors were good. Especially Rorschach and Dan Dreiberg were just right.
The eighties look of fashion, make-up, and jewellery was there, without overdoing it.
The news collage in the beginning.
We watched the German (dubbed) version, and both the translation and the German voice track seemed okay enough.
Not so much though:
Everyone looked 10 years too young and a little too sexy.
Old and young Sally were played by the same actress - so she really didn’t look much like 67…
the score was… well, it wasn’t bad, but it left no impression on me at all, and I don’t have the feeling that I want to buy it, so there’s at the very least potential wasted there.
I’ll watch it again, and then in English, and then the director’s cut, and then… uh… yeah you get the idea. I liked it!