While I didn’t get to see the whole movie due to the AP exam, I did realize some differences between the movie and the graphic novel. One of the difference I thought was memorable was when Dr. Manhattan had his interview. In the book, Dr. Manhattan moves everybody in the room to another place, and then goes to Mars. However, in the movie, Dr. Manhattan goes to Mars without sending people elsewhere. Also, we did not see the affairs between characters, which could have gotten me confused if I had not read the book, because I did not feel a connection between the characters.
At the end, it is revealed that Veidt has been behind the murder of the comedian, and the bombing of New York. While he defends himself by saying that it was all due to stop the nuclear war, some don’t find his action justifiable. It was only Rorschach who stuck with his opinion of Veidt’s action not being justifiable. Was the sacrifice of millions necessary? Like Veidt’s ex- secretary said before, I dont think nobody would be brave enough to start a nuclear war, as we all know that the nuclear war would bring a devastating outcome to the war. As of today, nuclear war still has not happened yet, so maybe it was just Veidt over thinking.
In chapter 8 and 10, there is a man who works at the New Frontiersman wearing a green shirt with yellow smiley face. This smiley face reminds me of the face from the comedian, only without the blood mark. Just like all throughout Watchmen, I think there is a certain purpose why the authors put the smiley face in his shirt. I am hoping that this becomes the recurring theme in the last two chapters whether it relates to the comedian or not. Also, in chapter 8, the guy is working on the article of the superheroes’ death.
In the beginning of the book, I thought that Rorschach was more inhumane than Dr. manhattan. However, after reading through chapter 8 and 9, it seems like dr. Manhattan is more inhuman than Rorschach, both physically and mentally. First, his physical appearance and ability is obviously different, the color, the way in which he changes the body size, and transporting anything/anyone with the lift of his finger. When dr. Manhattan visits Laurie in Dan’s apartment and transport her to Mars, he does not ask her for her opinion on going to Mars. Laurie unwillingly follows him. Also, he does not notice that Laurie needs the oxygen until she is almost at the brink of death. At first, he seemed to care about the others, especially Laurie, but now that he has “lost” Laurie, it seems like he does not care anymore
At the end of Chapter 2, Rorscharch states in his journal, “Heard a joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in. Threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, ‘treatment is simple. Great clown pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.’ the man bursts into tears. ‘…I am a Pagliacci'” (27). This quote reminded me of another quote at the back cover of the book that says, “who watches the watchmen?” In life, we are watched/cared by many. But when we think about it, who are they cared/watched by? This reminded of the circles we talk about in class, how it ends up circling each other
In Chapter 2, I realized the going back theme in this book. At the end of the chapter, Alison Bechdel says, “stuck in the mud for good this time.” During the chapter, Bechdel’s grandmother tells the story of Alison’s father being stuck in the mud when he was young. At first, I womdered why this story was in this chapter, since this chapter deals with his death. However, at the end of the chapter, I realized that she wanted to go back to the theme of being “stuck in the mud”.
As Craig spends more time with Raina, he feels more separated from her. He always imagined Raina as the “girl version” of himself as a lonely, very Christian. However, when he follows her to school and finds out that she is popular among her group of friends, he feels somewhat betrayed. I feel like he fe,t betrayed by her because for all the time they have been exchanging letters, he has been forming an ideal image of her, the way he imagined her to be. However, as he gets to know her better, she turns out to be very different from her. If he had not expected a lot from her, he might not have been as disappointed as he is.
Although I missed the first part of the movie, and have not seen the end of the movie yet, I feel like the book and the movie is very different. Maybe it is because the book is only 80pages, and the production has to turn this short book in the a 2hour movie. However, like I said in my first post, I was surprised to see that Josh, in the book, looked way old. Daniel Clowes might have wanted Josh to look older, but in his novel, I imagined him to be about the same age as Enid, where in the movie, he was a middle-aged man. While I was watching the movie, the only thing that reminded me of the book was the way Enid was dressed. I feel like the whole art class and the scholarship problem in the movie was unnecessary. I wonder what the movie would have looked like if it only had few colors like the book.
The artistic style of Daniel Clowes is somewhat abnormal. He points out the rather unnecessary details. All of the facial expressions are detailed. Because of his detailed facial expressions, the characters seem rather scary to me. I do not know if this is Daniel Clowes’s intention, but it feels like all the faces express anger, rather than any other emotions. He uses dash marks and to show shadows in the faces. As I was reading, I wanted Clowes to show other emotions, but I was disappointed in his artistic style, only showing the serious gravity.
As Time passes, Vladek keeps asking Art to stay for a little longer, and now he wants Art to stay there for the whole time. Although I understand why he wants Art to stay, I feel like Valdek is trying to guilt Art by saying, “I have a tank with oxygen and I’m so weak with my heart and my diabetes, I can’t live anymore alone” (262). However, I feel like Art could be a little bit nicer. I think Art would regret being harsh to Vladek while he was drawing the cartoon.