syrakusos Posted March 28, 2009 Share Posted March 28, 2009 I saw the movie today. I enjoyed thoroughly. It validated my sense of life. The story is central to complex arguments on the RoR discussion board "Rorschach Doesn't Shrug," and here "Another view of The Watchmen" by Superhero Babylon writer Joe Maurone. (I also posted a review here.) The Watchmen novel was orginally given voice by Orion Reasoner in 2004, here. OR's few posts mentioning The Watchmen never won any echoes from other posters, so the work remained below their threshhold of attention. Then, Orion Reasoner was banned or marginalized. And the Watchmen had no advocates ... until now ...How can this not be parody as an imitation of art? Among the many devices employed by Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged was the superhero with an alter ego. Even before computering gave us handles, I wrote in a magazine whose contributors included Harry Browne, and Robert Poole, Jr.,... and The Wolverine, Thor Xavier Challenger, the Friendly Falcon, Chance Corsair, Aragorn Beowulf and El Rayo, published by the pseudonymous Skye d'Aureous and Natale Hall. So, now, a new generation of alternate identities in a virtual reality argue which comic book character most closely personalizes their opinions of Objectivist Ethics and objective morality. They wring their hands because the moral complications, evasions, compromises, unstated premises, stolen concepts and floating abstractions rob them of the simplicity that only knows understading.I did not enjoy the graphic novel. About halfway through, it became a chore. I recognized the high artistry and achieved craftsmanship, as I admit that Toni Morrison and Saul Bellow write as I cannot. But the sense of life was sewage. I was glad to be done with it. I put the novel and the movie tie-in book both into plastic and both into a box of stored first editions. But the movie came recommended.So, I made the time and attended a matinee.It was worth it.The flaws were removed to make the story fit the screen -- as it was about 2 1/2 hours worth of screen, actually...The moral problems remain.They are for you to sort out.On your own. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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