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Mar. 7th, 2009

06:49 pm - A thought about a scene from Watchmen

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Remember the scene where Dr. Manhattan's being interviewed on TV, and that one reporter stands up and starts listing names of people who've associated with him and now have cancer? And then the reporters all swarm him to ask questions all at once?

Wouldn't it have been more realistic for everybody in the room to try to get *away* from him?

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From:vakkotaur
Date:March 8th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
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Reporters act with intelligence? Come on, even a work of fiction has to stay somewhat credible.
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From:trudyscousin
Date:March 8th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
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Yeah, but maybe they all thought, "well, it's only for a few minutes." Or something like that.

I saw it this morning. So true to the book in so many ways, but the ending was a total mash-up, with Laurie uttering Jon's words among the last spoken words in the film.

But like you, I did like it.
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From:maxgoof
Date:March 8th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
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Remember that everyone who got cancer spent a long time around him.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 8th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
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Yeah, the Manhattan-vs.-gangsters scene was in the movie, but I didn't remember it and I couldn't tell how it was supposed to fit in. I hope that gets fixed in the director's cut.
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From:gedrean
Date:March 8th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
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The movie portrayed Manhattan as much more "human" and "good-centered" than that. He was less neutral and uncaring, though they tried to show that side with the "In the end, a live human is no different from a dead human, same # of atoms" line.
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From:baxil
Date:March 9th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
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I'd disagree that Dr. M was portrayed fundamentally differently. They left in pivotal scenes like the one with the Comedian in Vietnam. "Return to your homes" wasn't a fundamentally uncaring line: he was trying to save lives and quell unrest. The overall effect was much the same.

Also note that, in the book, he tells that line to Laurie on Mars, alone. In the movie, the line comes out during the TV interview. Which is actually pretty significant both to your point and to the way the ending changed.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:March 10th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
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The "same number of particles" line? Actually, in the book he said it to Rorschach in his lab while Laurie was nearby.
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From:baxil
Date:March 10th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Did he? I stand corrected. I still think it's significant that the statement was public in the movie. What a way to make him sound like a monster.
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