Last week, Warner Bros. Pictures released "Watchmen," an epic superhero film spanning generations, decades and alternatives to American history. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the bulk of the film takes place in 1985 with flashbacks and histories going back to 1939. However, due to the inclusion of superheroes in this fictional world, history takes a somewhat different course.
But one of the best sequences in the film isn't the gritty action scenes or comic-like cinematography or the special effects.
It's the opening credits.
The title sequence takes iconic images of the 20th century, such as the New York kiss image celebrating the end of World War II, the infamous footage of the JFK assassination and the crowning moment of landing on the moon, and remakes them to incorporate the superheroes. This sequence not only securely plants the viewer in the Watchmen's world, it also evokes the emotional side of what the film has to offer.
For those who already saw the film, this would be a great sequence to revisit. For those who haven't seen it, this is a great sequence to get acquainted of what the movie's like.
On opening day, the Web site Motionographer.com put the sequence online with info about the montage of scenes. But, later this week, Warner Bros. pulled it from the site. Apparently, they don't want the publicity.
With the advent of free-online entertainment sites like Hulu.com, which shows previously aired television shows and clips online, one would think Warner Bros. would get the idea that giving a taste of its film for free, especially such a great taste as this sequence, would be good thing.
The audio paired with this sequence is Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'." Apparently Warner Bros. isn't ready to change along with them.
- Samantha Bates