Just got back from the midnight show, figured it deserved its own thread.
Thing is tho, I'm not sure that it does.
Having just read the graphic novel a couple weeks ago, I had a fairly good grasp on the source material and explanation of characters and their motivation, as well as a great appreciation for what the authors were trying to say.
There are two huge issues for me with this movie, the soundtrack being worst of all. The music, most of which is either sourced from the early-1980's or 'Nam era protest rock, is not bad in its own right of course (besides the absolute travesty of a song "99 red balloons"). But in a movie of this tone, it ruins any sort of mood. The love scenes, the battle scenes in Vietnam, and many more are ruined with terrible music choices.
Second of all, with the exception of Rorschach, there's no development of character - if I hadn't known it all already, I likely woulda been lost. I think the majority of audiences will be too busy trying to figure out who the characters are and why to actually pay attention to the story.
Regretably, the movie has left me feeling... nothing. I wanted to love it, and there is plenty to love, but overall the movie is just unengaging somehow. There is something big missing.
-I will point out that Jackie Earle Haley, playing Rorschach, was FUCKING AMAZING. I would put it right up there with Heath Ledger as the best acting ever in a movie of this type. Just awesome.
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but I know World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."