Klein’s journal. March 7, 2009. Major film of greatest graphic story ever created just opened. Based on work of two good friends. One completely opposed. One supportive, enthusiastic. No gray area. Troubling. Needed to judge for self.
Drove to multiplex in usual disguise. Obeyed traffic laws. Arrived at theater without incident. Inside, needed nourishment. Cost of “small” popcorn and drink more than film ticket. Who are they fooling? Size of “small” drink threatens bladder. Knew task was dangerous.
In theater, usual drek previews, one with some promise. Film begins. Not exactly as book, but capturing correct mood. Story unfolds. Feels right. Actors well chosen, convincing. All unknown to me. (Admit, don’t get out much.) Past credits, many scenes and dialogue right from book. Subplots missing, minor characters only walk-ons. Compromise. But, time of film must be considered. Actually surprised at how much of book on screen. Bladder convinced film long enough.
Effects seamless, convincing. Sets and costumes also. Film not afraid to fill in back story of main characters through flashbacks, as in book. Good decision. Action scenes a bit overdone, but could have been much worse. Best performances by actors playing Comedian and Rorschach, my opinion. Others fine, though. Much dialogue from original. Only one jarring note: “Follow the money.” From wrong film.
In final act, something not right. Plan of villain changed. Intent same, but missing key element. Not surprised. Most difficult for general audience. Still, compromise. Otherwise, climax and ending true to original. Satisfying. Leave theater still troubled. Enjoyed self. Could have been better with truer ending. Could have been MUCH worse. LOEG film, for example.
Drove home. Obeyed traffic laws. At home, checked shelf. Original book still there. Unchanged. Reports of others just like it flying off shelves. Selling like ice in the desert. Can only be good thing.
One creator will probably never see film. Keep story in own head as written. No compromise. Respect that. Other creator sees vision recreated faithfully. Must make him proud. Respect that, too. Both will benefit from increased audience for original work. Each in own way. Film, overall, a success. Director’s cut could be even better. Will see.
Life without compromise difficult. Perhaps impossible. Film without compromise certainly so. This one close enough. Recommended.