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Published on March 13th, 2009 | by Allan


Zack Snyder has an unusually cruel eye.

I’ve written a longer review of Watchmen elsewhere, but there is an addendum I’d like to make that fell out of my head until a fridge moment today (and will serve as my inaugural post here). The Kennedy shooting during the title montage was possibly the cruellest thing to grace a cinema screen since the first filmed kick in the nuts.

It was clearly based on the Zapruder footage and as a dramatic reconstruction of a significant cultural event it gets full marks. Snyder obviously had someone count the pieces of brain that landed on the back of the car. It’s that accurate.

The scene serves no purpose however, other than service Snyder’s apparent fascination with the myriad ways bodily tissues disintegrate under stress. It’s not the only clumsy appropriation in the movie (the Last Supper and VE Day kiss in Times Square gave me the dry wretches) , but it was the most needlessly detailed one, and makes me wonder how long it will be before September 11th becomes simply another set piece for entertainment value. It’s a knowing wink and a nod to the audience that only patronises, does not service the narrative, and is a disrepectful punch in the guts to the family of Kennedy.

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Allan is a Galway based cartoonist with a smörgåsbord of interests including visual art, music, technology and politics, and has always wanted to use smörgåsbord in a sentence. He also blogs at Caricatures Ireland.

16 Responses to Zack Snyder has an unusually cruel eye.

  1. Allan says:

    I’ll whisper no.

  2. Em….over-react much? Seriously, get over it….I suppose next you’ll complain about how James Cameron exploited the deaths of the people on the Titanic to make a billion dollars?

  3. Seanbluey says:

    well I am actually Dr. Manhattan you see…I can do the whole wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimy stuff too…

  4. Allan says:

    No, I’m Dr. Manhattan.

  5. Seanbluey says:

    No I have the blue willy. I win.

  6. Allan says:

    You win a trip to your GP. That sounds like circulation problems.

  7. Seanbluey says:

    Aw, really? Dammit, here was me thinking I had Godlike-powers…oh well, maybe next time….

  8. Allan says:

    Thinking you have godlike powers? Definitely circulation problems.

  9. Seanbluey says:

    Well there was that one time I pointed at someone and they exploded in a flash of guts and bluey-ness, but I just chalked that one up to spontaneous combustion, you know?

  10. Allan says:

    Wow. That sounds like contagious bad circulation. I’d suppress your sneezes for a while if I were you.

  11. Seanbluey says:

    Did that….not a great result…the sitting room of our house has been deemed an ” Oh, Dear God, WTF?” area ever since…

  12. Darren says:

    I’ve no willy!

  13. Allan says:

    You poor, brave man.

  14. Seanbluey says:

    Well yeah sure we know Darren…in fact I’ve known for a while, I just didn’t have the heart to tell you!

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