Redbook Weekend #1 Part 1 - Watchmen with Alan Lepofsky

March 8 2009

So my first weekend in Boston started with connecting with Alan Lepofsky. Alan and I have been friends for a few years and it was great to see him. We first went to the Cambridge Brewing Company for a beer and some food and to gather all of the people. We then headed to Jordan's IMAX in Reading, MA. Now, its hard to describe this, but it is a furniture store with a Fuddruckers, an IMAX movie theater, and much more. I was visually assaulted by walking in there. WOW.

Now something about the Watchmen. Having read the comic book before it was put together in a graphic novel (and yes, I have them somewhere in a box in storage), I was super excited about the movie. Yes, they made changes. So what. They made changes to the Lord of the Rings triolgy and it still kicked major ass.

I loved the movie. The tone of the graphic novel and the characters came across super well. The amount of info presented to the watcher, including all the flashbacks, was done very well. I loved the characters - but understand why people like Alan didn't like the character of Oz. They just didn't do enough of his backstory.

I also understand why the casual movie goer, who hasn't read the graphic novel or isn't into complex, super detailed stories is going to be like WTF when they see this. At 160 minutes, this is a long movie.

Good to see Alan and a great start to the weekend!