Solid Snake Wants You To See Watchmen Again

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Solid Snake Wants You To See Watchmen Again

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David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake and one of the brains behind the Watchmen screenplay, has penned an open letter to upstanding geeks worldwide, urging them to see Watchmen again this weekend, if they care about the things they love.

"Please go see the movie again next weekend," Hayter pleaded in an open letter published on Hardcore Nerdity. "You have to understand, everyone is watching to see how the film will do in its second week. If you care about movies that have a brain, or balls, (and this film's got both, literally), or true adaptations -- And if you're thinking of seeing it again anyway, please go back this weekend, Friday or Saturday night."

If Watchmen were to stumble down the box office charts this weekend, Hayter argues, it could mean bad things not just for the film, but this whole breed of movies in general. "Demonstrate the power of the fans, because it'll help let the people who pay for these movies know what we'd like to see," he urged. "Because if it drops off the radar after the first weekend, they will never allow a film like this to be made again."

I'm sure a lot of people who liked the movie (myself included) were planning on seeing it again, but what about the people who hate it or refuse to see it? Hayter's got some words for them too: "You say you don't like it. You say you've got issues. I get it. And yet...You'll be thinking about this film, down the road. It'll nag at you... Trust me. You'll come back, eventually. Just like Sally. Might as well make it count for something."

Well, I was going to practice my Street Fighter IV skills for my match with Funk, but seriously, who needs practice to beat him, so maybe I will go see Watchmen again. Wouldn't want to get my neck snapped by Solid Snake for not going.

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It was a pretty damn good movie, i was thinking about seeing it again anyway.

Snake? Snake?! SNAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKEEEEEE!!!!!

Seriously though...

A "True Adaptation" isn't always desirable, Watchmen is not bettered by its transfer to the film medium and when the scribe of X2, one of the BEST comic book movies ever tells me to accept a "True Adaptation" that is exactly the opposite of his work on X2.. well... one starts to wonder whether or not he's just pimping the screenplay he co-wrote.

PedroSteckecilo:
Snake? Snake?! SNAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKEEEEEE!!!!!

Seriously though...

A "True Adaptation" isn't always desirable, Watchmen is not bettered by its transfer to the film medium and when the scribe of X2, one of the BEST comic book movies ever tells me to accept a "True Adaptation" that is exactly the opposite of his work on X2.. well... one starts to wonder whether or not he's just pimping the screenplay he co-wrote.

You're probably right, but nerds will obey the voice of Solid Snake no matter what he says.

Yeah, those pesky snakes are something you have to watch out for, believe me when I say that neck-snaps hurt!

Back on topic, I enjoyed The Watchmen, and was planning on taking some friends to go see it this weekend anyways. So, don't worry David, your movie is going to do fine, you can head back to bed now and not snap anybody's necks because you will know that Grink is here to support your movie.

Keane Ng:
You say you've got issues. I get it. And yet...You'll be thinking about this film, down the road. It'll nag at you...

Oh no it won't.

PedroSteckecilo:
A "True Adaptation" isn't always desirable, Watchmen is not bettered by its transfer to the film medium and when the scribe of X2, one of the BEST comic book movies ever tells me to accept a "True Adaptation" that is exactly the opposite of his work on X2.. well... one starts to wonder whether or not he's just pimping the screenplay he co-wrote.

I'm not sure about X2 being one of the best comic book movies ever, but I tend to agree with most of the rest written here.

There are plenty of absolutely fantastic, artistic, incredibly well-made movies, even ones made in the US that fail miserably at the box office - for whom this plea would be justified. The Watchmen is not one of those. It is neither sufficiently brilliant, nor a commercial failure, judging from the way things are headed right now.

I didn't think the movie was bad, but it was very hit and miss. Some things were dead on, and other things made me wonder what they were smoking. That having been said, if you want me to see a movie more than once in the theatre, it has to be damn good. Hollywood isn't going to stop making comic book movies if Watchmen doesn't do as well as they thought. I saw The Dark Knight three times because it was just that good. You got my $10 once already; You're not getting it again.

I really loved the movie and planned on seeing it again, guess I will see it this weekend! I already plan on getting the extended version when it comes out on DVD (It will be 3+ hours, pretty much restoring what was cut from the movie that is being shown in the theaters) but considering I saw The Dark Knight 4 times in the theater (3 at a regular theater, once at an Imax theater) I will probably be seeing this this weekend at an Imax.

Off-Topic: Is it just me or is David Hayter incredibly good looking?

On-Topic: I haven't seen it yet, and am currently reading the graphic novel. Sorry Snake, but I want to read it before I see it (something I've been putting off for a while).

Watchmen was enjoyable, but once on the big screen was enough for me. I may invest in the DVD for the director's cut, which will include Tales of the Black Freighter interwoven into the movie, like in the book. But seeing the Watchmen a second time in the cinema? I don't wanna. I don't think so.

Why not? Because

a) cinema tickets be expensive - tickets are usually discounted during the (much slower) weekdays, at least that's the way it works in Prague,

b) I had planned on reading the graphic novel a second time after seeing the movie - sure I dig Watchmen, but not *that* much, and above all

c) Silk Specter II and Nite Owl II's sex scene: there is no way I'm sitting through that again. Yes, ok, it's a hot scene, but Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah puts out the fire. No matter who's singing it, Hallelujah instantly turns any scene into a trite and ridiculous heap of cringe, *rolleyes*, WTF?, "N-word, please!", and/or LOL up to ROFLMFAO. Srsly. Great song on its own, but keep it out of TV and movies.

If the cinemas agree to mute the sound during that scene then maybe, just maybe, I'll go see it again on the big screen

You missed the part when he can't decide whether to compare it to Kubrick's films or to Apocalypse Now. We all have pretty high estimations of our work, but jeez... I'm actually a little annoyed by this call to spend our money. I'm sorry, I still don't see Watchmen as on its way to being looked back in ten to twenty years from now as a Kubrick or Coppola rivaling film.

I wouldn't really mind if it fell of the box office charts. We just have to see all the other comic book movie and boycott the ones that try to reenact stuff like watchmen. Seriously, the good comics are good because they take advantage of the medium. If we see it simply because it shares elements of the story and none of the features that made it truly great, then we just prove to the money grubbing bastards in the movie studios that we'll pay them any amount of money to see crap they put out as long as it references something we enjoy. Watchmen wasn't an awful movie per say, but it didn't do the original justice. Comic book movies only work with comic franchises, otherwise directors will try to copy-paste the comic into a movie and either ruin the story or limit it by not taking any creative license.

X-men was really cool because it did things with the characters and powers that we hadn't seen before. Watchmen simply doesn't work because the story was tweaked to perfection to work with a comic, and when you start changing minute details and shortening the story, it just loses all that made thought provoking and leaves a convoluted mess of a plot that's over too quickly for us to savour the little gems.

BillBarilko:
Watchmen was enjoyable, but once on the big screen was enough for me. I may invest in the DVD for the director's cut, which will include Tales of the Black Freighter interwoven into the movie, like in the book. But seeing the Watchmen a second time in the cinema? I don't wanna. I don't think so.

Why not? Because

a) cinema tickets be expensive - tickets are usually discounted during the (much slower) weekdays, at least that's the way it works in Prague,

b) I had planned on reading the graphic novel a second time after seeing the movie - sure I dig Watchmen, but not *that* much, and above all

c) Silk Specter II and Nite Owl II's sex scene: there is no way I'm sitting through that again. Yes, ok, it's a hot scene, but Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah puts out the fire. No matter who's singing it, Hallelujah instantly turns any scene into a trite and ridiculous heap of cringe, *rolleyes*, WTF?, "N-word, please!", and/or LOL up to ROFLMFAO. Srsly. Great song on its own, but keep it out of TV and movies.

If the cinemas agree to mute the sound during that scene then maybe, just maybe, I'll go see it again on the big screen

Also, 'hallelujah' won 'X Factor' for someone this year, and as Frankie Boyle said I believe 'Hallelujah is now doomed to be remembered only as a song to be played at the funerals of idiots.'

If I could afford it, I'd go see it again, but the rare times I go, I want a big soda, big popcorn and that's £10 gone straight away, and then on top of that there's travel to the cinema, half an hour by train and then another £8 on a ticket. Then as above stated there's THAT scene to sit thru again.

Keane Ng:

Well, I was going to practice my Street Fighter IV skills for my match with Funk, but seriously, who needs practice to beat him, so maybe I will go see Watchmen again. Wouldn't want to get my neck snapped by Solid Snake for not going.

No! You get back to practicing mister! Just be sure to get some of those good-for-you drinks that will keep your bones from stiffening, and don't over practice!

Cool, Hardcore Nerdity is in the news.

Watchmen was a great comic. The movie was really only decent because it was based on the comic - it didn't transfer to the new medium well.

My friend is going to take me to see it in a couple of weeks time but I don't like how Mr. Hayter came across there. He seemed pompous and bullying. Then again he's Solid ****ING Snake!

I wouldn't see it again, but I might...

Wait, I smell secret announcement for something AWESOME!

At $12.50 a head for movies here, more when you add food, I'm more inclined to wait for the DVD. Besides, the only reason the studio or anyone involved in the film cares about when you see the film, is because the opening couple of weeks, they get a higher percent of ticket sales from the theaters. If you wait until it's on its fourth or fifth week, the theater doesn't pay them as much for screening, thus makes more profit themselves, which slows down the pace at which they have to hike up ticket and food prices.

A freind tells me you notice Aloootttt more in the movie when you see it a second time through, things people complain aren't in it. Apparently theres alot going on in the backround. I'm going to see it for the FIRST time this saturday, I hope.

He totally should've read the letter in the Snake voice and recorded that, and distributed it, I would run straight to the theater if I heard that.

It wasn't that good. The giant squid was important. The excessive violence wasn't needed.

*spoilers*

Ending the film with Nite Owl and Spectre chatting about how they can't wait to go beat up criminals is equally bunk. They've just realized that everything they do is hollow and will eventually end with them playing God like Dr. Manhattan. They then proceed to totally not care.

I thought hayter`s script got thrown out when snyder took over procedings?

TsunamiWombat:
A freind tells me you notice Aloootttt more in the movie when you see it a second time through

And how much of that noticing is big blue WANG?

I'll have to see for the first time before I see it a second time, so I better get going on that.

they know that they are not going to make a profit out of this, that is why they are doing this...

The reviews for this movie make me laugh.

It's either: "The movie is very close to the book, which is awesome."

Or: "The movie is very close to the book, which sucks." Huh? What?

I just don't understand the second type. They usually follow it up with something like, "Zack Snyder failed to take the opportunity to develop his own vision for the movie." WTF does that even mean? Seriously, I have read that in a dozen reviews. Hollywood critic meaningless BS buzz-phrase. Maybe his "vision" for the movie was to make it as close to the book as possible.

Anyway I'm going to go see it again on Tuesday. I think Solid Snake just wants us to see it so it will further his own acting/writing career. MGS movie FTW!

Vrud:
Watchmen was a great comic. The movie was really only decent because it was based on the comic - it didn't transfer to the new medium well.

Right on the money. Crazy Alan Moore was right for once when he said (roughly) that Watchmen only works as a comic book.

Keane Ng:
He totally should've read the letter in the Snake voice and recorded that, and distributed it, I would run straight to the theater if I heard that.

Yeah... Hayter kind of comes off as an ass when he's not doing his Snake voice. Alternatively, David Hayter is an ass, and can only hide that fact while talking like Solid Snake. I can't decide which.

timmytom1:
I thought hayter`s script got thrown out when snyder took over procedings?

When Alex Tse joined the crew, he combined two of Hayter's old scripts to create the final product.

L.B. Jeffries:
It wasn't that good. The giant squid was important. The excessive violence wasn't needed.

Read the book again. The violence wasn't the least bit excessive. Though I don't hold it against you for disliking the film for other reasons....

Dear David,

If you're willing to forward me the $12 to see it again, I'd be happy to.

Barring that, fuck you. Fuck you very much.

Cheers,

Hankage

Watching it tomorrow.
My Media Studies teacher said it was good, plus like me he has read the novel so I trust his judgement. After all, it is his job to analyse films.

But thanks to Hayter, Im gonna sneak in through the back door, strangle the security guards and enjoy a raw snake while I watch it.

Yog Sothoth:

L.B. Jeffries:
It wasn't that good. The giant squid was important. The excessive violence wasn't needed.

Read the book again. The violence wasn't the least bit excessive. Though I don't hold it against you for disliking the film for other reasons....

Looking at my copy right now. Yes. Yes it was. It was typical Snyder Slo-Mo glorification of pummeling and breaking bones. This isn't a comic book, disturbing images lodge into your mind more than slower sections do. In the comic the fight between Spectre & Owl versus the thugs is a few panels. In the film it's a Matrix brawl. Same for the prison. The book was never about violence, it was about the people using it.

I'm not going to ever like this film because it never should've been a movie in the first place. To be quite honest, not many things should be. The long list of video games that make for crappy films is more than enough proof that the entire notion that I have to like the film version as much as I do the source material is nonsense.

Must... obey... Snake...

Yog Sothoth:

L.B. Jeffries:
It wasn't that good. The giant squid was important. The excessive violence wasn't needed.

Read the book again. The violence wasn't the least bit excessive. Though I don't hold it against you for disliking the film for other reasons....

The alley fight, sure, that was bad. Worse was the butcher knife scene, where, I mean, what was the point really of it being that gruesome, especially when the way it's done in the book is way better. I think that's more indicative of the movie's poor handling of violence - it was just hollow and overblown.

L.B. Jeffries:

Yog Sothoth:

L.B. Jeffries:
It wasn't that good. The giant squid was important. The excessive violence wasn't needed.

Read the book again. The violence wasn't the least bit excessive. Though I don't hold it against you for disliking the film for other reasons....

Looking at my copy right now. Yes. Yes it was. It was typical Snyder Slo-Mo glorification of pummeling and breaking bones. This isn't a comic book, disturbing images lodge into your mind more than slower sections do. In the comic the fight between Spectre & Owl versus the thugs is a few panels. In the film it's a Matrix brawl. Same for the prison. The book was never about violence, it was about the people using it.

I'm not going to ever like this film because it never should've been a movie in the first place. To be quite honest, not many things should be. The long list of video games that make for crappy films is more than enough proof that the entire notion that I have to like the film version as much as I do the source material is nonsense.

What do you suppose a "Matrix brawl" might look like in a comic book...? You can do a lot with just a few frames...

While I agree that much of the violence in the film isn't a shot-for-shot reproduction of the book, the book is still inherently violent. Look at the scene (in the book, not the film) when Ozymandias is attacked by the assassin, or when the thug trapped on Rorscharch's cell door is killed... both those scenes are very graphic, and don't hold anything back.

Hell, there's even a blood splotch on the front cover of the book, which should be a dead give away that this is a violent piece of work; a warning, as it were, as to what the reader can expect to find within.

You're correct in that the story isn't about violence, but it does use violence to tell it's story. In my view, the film was no more violent than the book.

Keane Ng:
The alley fight, sure, that was bad. Worse was the butcher knife scene, where, I mean, what was the point really of it being that gruesome, especially when the way it's done in the book is way better. I think that's more indicative of the movie's poor handling of violence - it was just hollow and overblown.

That I will agree with. While the film and the book are equally violent in my humble opinion, the violence in the book was more tasteful, if such a thing is possible....

EDIT: Back on topic, I was going to see it again this weekend anyways, and if it will make Snake happy in the process that's even better..... Didn't know he co-wrote the script, kinda interesting. Maybe he should write the screenplay for the Metal Gear Solid film, too....

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