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SWE3tMadness Watches the Watchmen. (A NVGR Review)


One final gripe I want to address with the movie was a few of the song choices. Some of them perfectly fit into the context they’re used (and in the case of 99 Luft Balloons, possibly the only time it’s been used in the correct context), but a few hit a sour note (pun very much intended). The lyrics to The Sound of Silence, Hallelujah, and All Along the Watchtower all fit the scenes they’re used in very well, but the songs themselves are so recognizable that their use loses any possible subtlety. I think this is just a problem with the medium rather than directorial decisions. In the original graphic novel, many songs were used as bookends to the chapters and provided themes echoed throughout them, much like these songs do in the movie. But reading those lyrics has a very different effect than listening to them.

So, overall, the movie was amazing. There were a few issues throughout it, but a few minutes’ worth of distraction and dissonance out of a nearly three-hour feature isn’t so bad, and given the monumental task of translating Watchmen to the big screen, I’m willing to sacrifice those moments for the emotional, provocative, and downright epic story the rest of the movie constructs.

Five-out-of-five stars. Go. See. This. Movie.
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About SWE3tMadnessone of us since 6:04 PM on 01.10.2008

-About Me-

A recent graduate in Biology, neverless my first love in entertainment and media has always been video games, even though I don't get a lot of time to play recent ones now. I still enjoy following the industry and gushing about the latest Nintendo releases.

A Critical Ear: Analyzing Music in Video Games

If there's one thing that I like more than talking about video games, it's talking about music in video games. As a classically trained pianist that has been playing for more than twelve years, I take a look at some of my favorite soundtracks and how they contribute to the gaming experience as a whole.

#0: Introduction
#1: Villain Themes and Leitmotifs (April, 2010)
#2: Anti-Music (June, 2010)
#3: They Wasted a Perfectly Good Song (July, 2010)
#4: Fight On! (August, 2010)
#5: More Than Just Noise: Nostalgia and Homecoming (September, 2010 Monthly Musing)
#6: While I Play Unfitting Music (November, 2010)
#7: Thinking Outside the Soundchip (December/January 2010)

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