What a weekend of film with my two children, the proud Dad smile could of easily been seen from Jupiter. First up, Friday, Kofi said he wanted to see Watchmen and the smile started to form in the corners of my mouth. Forget the popcorn, I grab a pile of pork chops to see us through. Father and son time with dark twisted supers and a mountain of meat.
I’m a Marvel guy at heart but if I had to choose it would be Alan Moore’s and Dave Gibbons epic comic book superhero creation from the DC universe. Zack Snyder’s love of the source material just shines through. I know people get their knickers in a twist at certain points but there’s no denying that this is a masterful rendition of the graphic novel, especially the director’s cut. I adore both the film and the comic. Could that opening montage sequences to the sound of Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin be one of the most incredible opening credit scenes in film, ever?
After, I grabbed the book off the shelf and we flicked through the pages comparing scenes. Hopefully he will pick it up for a read soon. Who watches the Watchmen?
The smile was gaining ground, it would just be approaching that critical overload moment…………….
Out of the blue, Saturday afternoon, Nyah announces the idea of watching 2001: A Space Odyssey! The beam of light from my smile broke lightspeed as it fired into space. If we are contacted by aliens soon, it will be down to the beacon I sent into the universe. If they come and destroy us then please accept my apologies but if they bring enlightenment, you are most welcome.
This time the food of choice was a bucket of the finest Kentucky Fried Chicken. Kofi bowed out on this one in favour of gaming with his mates but not before grabbing a handful of tasty pieces of chicken. Nyah is applying for English and Film Studies at University so Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke’s journey of humanity’s evolution is essential viewing. Can you believe it’s now 50 years old and still those visuals are jaw dropping beautiful .
I informed her that many years ago I had locked myself in a room, turned everything off and started knocking back whiskey on the rocks. Halfway through it started to release my mind. I was relaxed and completely at one with my body and soul as I too journeyed through space and time to be born as a freaky baby star child. The hangover wasn’t pleasant but I was joyful to the fact that I believe I understood the film.
I have seen both films multiple times and adore them in different ways. Yes many animals were sacrificed for this wondrous weekend of movies but the film bonding was perfect like always. Nyah and I had seen Watchmen together only last year and I hope to return to 2001 Space Odyssey with Kofi one day. I can’t wait to see what movie discoveries we journey on next time.
Have fun with movies. Mikey the Wolf
Ps No point me doing a review on these movies but here’s Roger Ebert’s take.