The Dickersons and I went to the AMC Metreon and saw an 11:30 showing of Watchmen on Friday night. I enjoyed the movie for the visual effects, the general story, but I really liked the line of questions Matt came up with afterward. Questions like “Does the ends justify the means?” and “Could you live with a lie?”. I might be spoiling the movie in the next few lines here so you may want to abandon ship if you don’t want to know what happens.
Matt thought that everyone feels like Night Owl is easy to identify with in regards to his struggle to do good, but to deal with the wrong his fellow mask did in order to preserve the peace. I felt like I didn’t have any night owl in me at all. I felt more like Rorschach, where all of life is black and white, where he always was comfortable with his actions, where he always adhered to his principles. I like that Rorschach wanted to get the truth out there, that it would then be in the hands of the people to decide what to do with it, how to behave. The Cold War, which was the cause for the uneasy peace, was an obfuscation, a hiding of the true intentions, no trust.
I also felt like if I had to pick, I’d take Rorschach at my side, even though he may seem a little psycho, over Dr. Manhattan who didn’t really seem to care one way or the other. There’s a lot of texts out there that claim in-aciton is just as evil, if not more so, than doing an evil act.