I just got home from the theatre where I watched the most offensive movie I have ever seen in my life.
I consider myself prepared to deal with most movies I go to see but; I had no idea “Watchmen” would blindside me like it did.
I wasn’t prepared for what I saw. I will write out my initial thoughts for now, and then after constructing a coherent response; will write a review later this week.
Before I even discuss the movie…I have to note one of the previews. For those of you who don’t know there was a recent surprise in Hollywood called “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” This surprise has evidently pissed off SOMEONE. For a really great review of Paul Blart, see this article: http://www.lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w73.html
You see, in the article, author William Grigg points out how certain anti-statist ideas were promoted in the flick. Paul Blart stands up to the “militarized government monstrosities” in defense of private security personnel.
If there was ever any doubt in my mind that people in Hollywood see themselves as modern prophets and shapers of culture, it’s gone now. A mere 2 months after Blart, another movie about a portly security guard is going to be released. Only this time…it will star Seth Rogen (a guy that seems to always end up on screen with beautiful blonde girls…IE “Knocked-up” “Pineapple Express” and now in this film: “Anna Farris.”)
This movie is more in-your-face. The gutter humor is amped up. The licentiousness is disgusting (judging from the preview) and it will completely bury the public memory of any positive lessons taught in the “Blart” movie.
Coincidence? I don’t think so…not in the least.
From the very first opening sequence in “Watchmen” I was disgusted and sick to my stomach.
This movie strives to push whatever limits are left in Hollywood. We see (what we think to be) a kindly old man brutally beat to death in a very violent fight in the first sequence. He is then tossed to the pavement from 20 or so stories high and we see his mangled and broken body on the ground afterwards.
There are very explicit sex scenes where little gusts of shadow and shady lighting are all that distinguish this “art” from pornography. On top of that, full frontal male nudity is gradually phased in, until by the end of the movie it isn’t shocking anymore… (At least not to the desensitized sheep who think such films are “entertainment.”)
The violence is off the charts. A young pregnant woman is shot point blank. A man has his arms sawed off. People are disintegrated regularly, leaving their body parts dripping from the ceiling. A little girl is sadistically murdered, (though we don’t see the murder) and her body fed to dogs. We actually see the dogs fighting over the remains of her leg.) The “murderer” of the little girl is then caught by one of the “good guys.” In a fit of righteous rage, the good guy hacks the murderers head with a butcher knife repeatedly. (It was around this time that I heard a baby start crying in the theatre, and noticed some children a few rows down in front of me. I suppose they thought they were going to be viewing a super hero movie similar to the X-men, or Spiderman franchises.)
The Lord’s name is constantly taken in vain. A character named “Dr. Manhattan” meets a woman and they soon are having pre-marital sex. On the nightstand is a Bible. The producers made sure you see the moral contrast by zooming in on a close up of the Bible with the two having sex in the background.
Also, two of the main heroes have sex in an air machine while a triumphant and emotional song plays in the background. I can’t remember all the lyrics, but the song was about King David singing praises to God. (UPDATE: the song is “hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen which uses biblical lyrics to “pay homage to the orgasm.”)
A character named “Dr. Manhattan” at the end says to one of the villains, “You are the smartest man alive, but what is that to me?” Obviously insinuating that the “strongest of man’s strength is weakness before God” an allusion to the Bible.(1 Corinthians 1:25)
The plot concludes with the idea that a small group of elite scientists or “thinkers” has the right, for better or worse, to sacrifice millions in order to promote the betterment of society. The “God-like” figure Dr. Manhattan ends up agreeing that such is for the best.
The only sane character in the whole film was Rorschach, who…seems to be the only shining light in an otherwise worthless and blasphemous movie. While his theology is a bit off, he provides the closest thing to a Christian worldview.
Rorschach gets arrested, and in his conversation with the prison psychologist, says: “God isn’t the cause of all this evil…WE are!” Rorschach is constantly lecturing us on the depravity of society. In the end, it seems that the actions of Rorschach may be what serves to hold this elite group of planners accountable to a higher authority…though Rorschach only refers to it as “justice.”
Rorschach, unlike his compatriots, held to “justice” and did not believe that this elite group had the right to make decisions for the rest of humanity. He was brutally murdered because he refused to keep their secret.
What secret you may ask? Well, you see, in this movie, the good guys end up killing untold millions of people, and Rorschach vows to get the word out in the name of justice.
In the end, Rorschach, though dead, dropped off his journal to a reporter who gets it after Rorschach is murdered. The movie is unclear whether it wishes to portray Rorschach’s action as a tremendous tragedy, or as a righteous good. If we view it as a righteous good, then the movie has some redeemable value after all. However, if it’s viewed as a tragedy; if Rorschach’s final act of justice is meant to be a negative thing; then it becomes the single most offensive movie (to Christian society) that has ever been made (that I know of.)
The flow and energy of the entire movie lead me to believe that the producers meant it to be a terrible tragedy that Rorschach finally gets his justice. It’s a terrible irony, or …as the popular theme in the movie would say, “a joke.”
The “good-guys” go through Hell, and destroy millions of people just to end the cold war… (by blaming the mass murder on Dr. Manhattan, and thus uniting humanity against the Doc) only to have that darn Rorschach spill the beans…in which case, Russia and America are no longer united against Dr. Manhattan, and the cold war resumes…everyone died for nothing. Some joke right?
Dr. Manhattan admits that he can change almost anything in the world, “But I can’t change human nature.” This means ultimately, that an elite group of planners is needed and if necessary can sacrifice innocent lives for the greater good.
WHO IS PRIMING US FOR THIS GARBAGE, and WHY ARE THEY DOING IT?
I think I know…
Do you, dear reader, care to guess? I suppose in this respect I sound like Rorschach…but perhaps my paranoia will turn out better for me than it did for him?