ThatDarnMKS wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:34 am
I’ll never understand this criticism. There’s hardly a single thematic thread that’s dropped from the graphic novel. Virtually everything of substance is intact and everything they cut shows that they had those themes in mind.
At worst, you could say that it’s stylistically ill fitting, with its slow-mo and ultra violence, but even that serves as an ironic clash with superhero films, which even still largely have sanitized violence that neglects the grievous injury that these masked vigilante would inflict upon people. The comic may not revel in the action like Snyder does and something more stripped down would probably be better suited but it has to acknowledge that even the premise of the comic demands they be extremely effective fighters given than they are not immediately murdered by anyone they face (the show also suffers from this and has less striking or affecting violence).
Almost none of the themes from the comic were dropped from the movie
, yes, but that's because they were already lovingly baked into Moore's original text, and just because the film was an (admirably) slavish adaptation doesn't mean that Snyder did a good job of delivering those themes (because with his generally poor sense of structure, pacing, and tone, I don't feel he did). And, it doesn't even feel like he understood those themes in the first place, as his surface-level faithfulness just makes him seem like he's trying to stand on the shoulder of a giant, like a hungover fratboy attempting (and failing) to mindlessly quote Socrates word-for-word on his Philosophy final in order to pass the class, and if anything, the only indication we get from the movie is that Snyder didn't
get what Moore was going for, when you look at how much he undermined the thing that was kind of the comic's main point, which was its stark demythologization of the very concept of superheroes as a whole, ignoring that in favor of doing things like taking a one panel scuffle from the comic and expanding it out into a ridiculous, 5-minute slo-mo fight scene, because he's so
desperate to make his heroes look as "badass" as possible. It is an incredibly ambitious adaptation in certain regards, yes, but that just isn't enough in light of everything thathe got wrong, and he got a lot