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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

MTRCB Cuts Watchmen is a Crime

Seriously. What's in a Comic Book that warrants cutting it, ripping it off from how it was meant to be read and/or seen such a crime? In the world of comics, nothing comes close to perfection as Watchmen. It is the showcase to what a comic book is, of the unique quality that this genre has to offer.


Watchmen is a deconstruction of the superhero and layering it on the anxieties of the 1980s and everything from murder, rape to nuclear winter is in there (see image for sample panel). It is perhaps Alan Moore's best work, ever. In my humble opinion surpassing his V for Vendetta.

Watchmen isn't Archie.

Watchmen may be a comic book but it is critically acclaimed (Time included Watchmen in its top 100 books), dark and far from campy. This isn't a Family story you give to a 13 year old. Maybe a 15 year old. This isn't a kid's story, ergo it will not be a kid's movie.

Watchmen is a serious piece of work. To bastardize it, to reduce it, to dumb it down for anyone who isn't mature or ready for this kind of book and film is a crime against humanity.

How many Hugo Award (1988) winning novels get a movie? This is literature.

Zack Snyder's Watchmen is an interpretation of this awesome work by Alan Moore. It took years to bring these characters and this story for more people to appreciate. It should be seen as Snyder deems it seen in its purest form. It must sink or swim on its own. It is either an awesome interpretation of Moore's book or it isn't. There is no middle ground. Thus, people--- the public must be given the opportunity to judge it in its entirety.

Is Snyder's Watchmen interpretation awesome or is it crap? That's a Hobson's Choice, isn't it? To get the MTRCB to rate it down, is a mistake. This highlights the irrelevance of a censoring body, or regulatory body. This is like editing the Bible. It shouldn't be done. Ever.

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