Why “The Watchmen” Dropped at the Box Office

First off, “The Watchmen” was a good movie. Good visuals and pretty faithful to the most popular grpahic novel of all time.  So why the huge drop at the box office in week number 2?

First off, the movie was pushed as a super hero movie. It really isn’t, the story goe much deeper and darker then that. How do you advertise a dark movie that relly pokes at the human physch? Well you advertise it as a super hero movie and hope no one notices.

The next thing is the R rating. Some complaints I’ve heard was that the sex and the violence of some of the fight scenes were way overboard. My thoughts, these people were right. You can show fight scenes without getting heavy intot he gore. And you can do alot with suggestion in letting people know that sex is taking place. Addressing these issues would not have changed the sotry and maybe got the film done to a PG-13 rating.

The final item I’ll address is that the movie is pretty faithful to the graphic novel. This is both a good (for the fans of the graphic novel) and bad. Another complaint I heard was people trying to figure out what the heck was all going on there. Well in the graphic novel it was easy for the writer to explain things, much harder to do in a movie. This tends to go for any book that has depth to it when trying to make a movie out of it, hard to translate tot he screen.

That all said, I’m waiting for the DVD to come out with the all the extra features. I might even see the movie once ore on the big screen. Then again I am fan of the grpahic novel.


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