Tickets were purchased in advance, the plan was to see Watchmen at 7:45 on Friday night. And then, the reviews started hitting. Now, I’m not one to avoid a film because it receives bad reviews, but this situation is rather unique because of three frequent comments about Watchmen: too long, too boring, and too similar to the graphic novel. Having read, and enjoyed, the graphic novel why would I wanna sacrifice my Friday night to see three hours of a boring version of a story I already know? “What about the production, the effects?” one friend asked. Yeah, I’ve seen those, all over the inescapable advertisements.
I’m not saying I will never see Watchmen, but at around 6 p.m. on Friday I made an executive decision: let’s go out and do something else that doesn’t involve sitting inside a theater when we’re having the first recent spark of great weather in Manhattan. Let’s plan on seeing some of the BAMcinématek Focus on IFC Films series in Brooklyn. Or, maybe Rendez Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center. Perhaps catch up on 30 Rock or other missed shows, on DVR. Maybe we should take a stroll around the city now that the weather’s so nice. There’s no rush to see Watchmen. Especially now.