Who watches the Watchmen trailer?

The Watchmen trailer premiered online and in theaters with prints of The Dark Knight yesterday, and I find myself fairly underwhelmed. Granted, it's been a while since I read Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' landmark graphic novel, but the trailer makes no effort to convey the plot or even much of the general themes of the story. It's a bunch of fairly cool-looking images, along with the pimping of director Zack Snyder as the "visionary director of 300." It's that association that worries me most: 300 was a loud, empty bundle of aesthetic tricks, and the shots in this trailer of characters kicking and falling backward in slo-mo remind me way too much of the look of Snyder's last film. We've got six months to speculate on what the end result may be, and the fanboys online are already going apoplectic one way or the other, but for now I would describe my enthusiasm as muted at best.


Josh Bell

Josh Bell is the film editor for Las Vegas Weekly, where he's been writing movie and TV reviews since 2002. ...

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