- Love the rendering on Dr Manhattan. [Ed: I meant the CGI in the trailer, although I have always really loved the way Gibbons did the shading differently for him than all the other characters.]
- Nite Owl's vehicle breaching (or just slightly after breaching) looks very wrong to me. The Incredibles had more dynamic liquid effects than that. Likewise the glass shattering during the defenestration of The Comedian looks off somehow, but I can't slow it down enough to figure out why.
- For reasons I can't express, I just love the look of Dr Manhattan's legs in the background as The Comedian lays waste to Vietnam. It almost reminds me of the Stay Puft Man, except with the power to control the universe at an atomic level, and not made of gelatinized sugar.
- The crystal palace thing (I forget the real name) on Mars is very well modeled.
- I also like the general color tone and shading. I think it might get a little dreary and hard to watch throughout a full feature, but it sets the mood well and gives the world some character.
He comments that "Leftists would call this 'hegemony.' I call it 'awesome.'" There's really no arguing with this:
Awesome (adj): inspiring awe.Tell me with a straight face that staring down the business end of an M1 Abrams would not fill your heart with dread. (And you pants with something even less pleasant.) You know what would scare me the most about this scene? That the crew has casually stashed a cooler on top of their vehicle. Not only will they unload serious Old Testament firepower, but they plan on breaking later for frosty beverages. It's a true badass that can level half a village in the morning and still be ready for a picnic in the afternoon.
Awe (n): 1. A mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder inspired by authority, genius, great beauty, sublimity, or might. 2. (archaic) The power to inspire dread.
But anyway, back to American "hegemony" and Watchmen. I thought a major theme of the book was what happens when the guys who do bad things to the bad guys go away. As much as I may not like the US military gallivanting across the globe to "build democracy" or whatnot, I am very thankful that that's an option. Were we to loose the ability to project that kind of force around the world everybody would need to start asking themselves very quickly who's going to take our place doing bad things to bad people. And I think the answer is that no one will. No one can. We are the biggest dog on the block by such a wide margin it's really as if there are no other dogs in town, just a pack of mildly rambunctious chipmunks. Even with heavy American logistical support there might be three or four countries that could lay down the law half a world away. And without our transportation and supply and communication and intelligence infrastructure that list falls to maybe the UK.
I don't like government sponsored violence, but to be perfectly honest I like the idea that there are big scary men with big scary weapons ready to reign down truly biblical amounts of destruction on people who might try to harm me and my neighbors. It's ugly, but somebody has to be ready to do it.
Finally, it would not surprise me at all if an American president, ten or twelve years from now said (privately at least) exactly what Rorschach does. When trouble is a-brewing in Zimbabwe or Venezuela or Sudan or Bangladesh or Iran and people start yelling "Do Something!" I think we'd be perfectly justified in explaining that the last time we confronted a psychotic despotism with a history of genocide things did not go so well, so we're going to be sitting this one out, thank you very much. You are more than welcome to step up to bat this inning, everyone else.
Maybe this response will be better for the US or the World, and maybe it won't. Though the simplicity and consistency of isolationism has a visceral appeal to me I still have to admit that when he chips are down, I, like everyone else, am a consequentialist, so I really don't know if this Rorschach attitude would be ultimately good or bad. Be that as it may, an argument of "you didn't like our results last time, so clean up the mess yourself" will be very hard for me to fault.