By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros, Chud
It looks like Warner Bros is slowly releasing Watchmen in steady chunks. The studio first showed off the film's opening credits along with the opening fight scene, and have now gone a step further by showcasing a whopping 22 minutes from the film.
Details on Watchmen's 22 Minutes
The good people at Chud have posted a report on the clip from Watchmen they saw at this year's Butt Numb a Thon. While they accurately describe what they saw starting after the credits, it is the overall impression that I found most interesting.
It will look and feel like a real movie.
That's a weird thing to say, but there are lots of people out there who, having only seen the trailers released to the public, are jumping to the conclusion that Zack Snyder has made a Watchmen filled with speed ramping and flashy money shots. From what I've seen this isn't even remotely true at all. The footage is stylish - well shot, with rich visuals and dynamic compositions - but it looked more like a modern take on a noir film than anything else. What I saw was moody, sometimes muted. Snyder allows his takes to be long, eschewing a quick cut style that many seem to think would rule the day in this film. The 22 minutes I saw didn't feel like an action film at all (except, of course, for the opening fight scene, which I've already described to you).
While I happen to be fond of the quick cut style in some other films, I do admit that the technique has temporarily run its course. Glad to hear that Snyder knows not to fall into certain trends.
You can check out the entire Watchmen report at Chud.