‘Watchmen’ early screening in L.A. — and it’s FREE!

Feb. 26, 2009 | 9:55 p.m.




Want to see "Watchmen" early?

Want to see it for free?

We’re happy to announce a special sneak preview screening of Zack Snyder’s eagerly awaited superhero epic next Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. at  the Arclight Theatre in Hollywood. The event is a promotion by the Los Angeles Times and the Hero Complex blog and I will be there to introduce the film and don’t be surprised if there are some special guests on hand as well.


— Geoff Boucher



Video: Creating Rorschach

"Watchmen" ski masks. Alan Moore won’t be pleased

Trailer: ‘Tales of the Black Freighter’

Zack Snyder’s son plays young Rorschach

"Watchmen" producer: Blame Fox


More in: Uncategorized, L.A. events, Watchmen


13 Responses to ‘Watchmen’ early screening in L.A. — and it’s FREE!

  1. Mark says:

    Once you sign up for a ticket and get on the LAT mailing list you get a message screen telling you that just because you get a ticket doesn't mean that you'll get in.
    It is first come first serve at the door, not first come first serve on the ticket.
    Scam. Shame on the Los Angeles Times.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the link! I signed up and I'm hoping to get to the theater early enough to get a seat.

  3. Jesse says:

    I didn't get an e-mail confirming or denying me or anything after applying. So what does that mean exactly? Did I get a ticket? Confused.

  4. Rob Edwards says:

    hmm I tried, didn;t get a sold out message, but it wouldn't let me type anything.
    does this not work on safari?

  5. Ben says:

    I didn't see a sold out message on the site and signed up successfully. However, I just got an email that said that all seats are full. You should really have noted in your post that even if you sign up successfully, there was a chance that you wouldn't get a seat.
    Major bummer.

  6. oh brother! says:

    I was able to sign up for the screening and got the pop up window saying "thanks, you'll be notified within 24 hours." this was at approximately 11:30 AM, Friday, 02/27. Also, another friend was able to sign up as well.

  7. Liz says:

    Hmm, thought I signed up correctly, but never got confirmation email. Would love to get a sneak peak! :-) Thanks.

  8. Rachel says:

    I also never received a confirmation email. Answer our questions, Boucher! Are we in or not? Should we show up or would it be a waste of time?

  9. Hey everyone, this is Geoff. I know some of you had some hassles using the website for the ticket giveaway and I hear your frustration. I was in SF over the weekend but should have done a better job getting you some answers. This is a event put together by the LAT promotions department and one of the organizers, Christine Shannon, sent me these answers to some of your questions:
    The event is now sold out. We book up to a certain point and then shut it off so that just about everyone will be able to get a seat. We do slightly overbook to accommodate any no-shows or anyone who doesn’t bring a guest, but we plan for a full house and hope to accommodate everyone.
    The email notification that the user gets after signing up does not come instantaneously. It is pushed out manually through our email system and will get to the entrant within 24 hours. The thank you pop-up that comes up after the user hits submit does say that an email will confirm whether or not they have a space within 24 hours.
    We have our roadblock pop-up up so that anyone who goes to the site now will see that it is full.
    Not sure about the Safari issue that one reader was having. We have been testing it on Safari, Firefox, IE, etc. and it has been working fine for us.

  10. jrad says:

    umm.. damn? I just saw this, and I really REALLY want to see this thing- AND I live down the street from the Arclight- AND tomorrow night– is perfect… IF ANYONE has a ticket and they cant go– lemme know! I know its a hellofa longshot, but…

  11. Pat says:

    Hi Geoff,
    Thanks for the screening last night. At the screening, you had mentioned submitting comments about the film, and I'm wondering how to go about doing that?
    Please let me know, thanks.

  12. Anyone who was at the screening, post your thoughts on the film right here and I will be putting them together for a post on Monday.

  13. Pat says:

    Long review!
    It’s disappointing how average Watchmen the movie is, though the film itself isn’t necessarily disappointing; After all, it’s already a given that no film will ever come close to the masterpiece (but not necessarily perfection) that is Watchmen the graphic novel.
    The film starts out with the death of the Comedian, adequately played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, followed by the opening sequence – if there’s any sequence that could sum up my opinion of the movie, it’s the opening. If you love the opening, odds are you loved the movie, and visa verse. I didn’t particularly care for the opening; granted, I enjoyed the idea of doing a “historical summation” of the characters, but it failed to impress me, particularly with the music – this being the first offense that is the mostly horrendous music selection in Watchmen. Continuing with the idea that this sequence is the defining sequence of the film, director Zach Snyder’s now trademark time manipulation is solidly present (a tactic, as done in 300, is present throughout the whole film; again, this is love/hate, however, it’s much more tastefully/efficiently done in Watchmen than it was in 300).
    Roughly the first half hour of the film was nigh unbearable. The acting (Nixon was absolutely terrible), pacing, dialogue and general direction were all shoddy, over-the-top or just poorly done. One example of a problem I had was with the scene about the Comedian’s funeral. It’s a long take that starts with a medium shot of a cemetery, then slowly zooms out to reveal a caravan of limos and hearses. This long take was completely unnecessary and failed to use the abilities of the medium; a problem that occurred throughout the film. I have no problem with long takes, but it seemed too much as if Snyder was trying to pay respects to the panels drawn by Watchmen artist David Gibbons, rather than move the film at an appropriate pace.
    The film finally starts to turn around during a flashback that featured Night Owl II (hammily played by Patrick Wilson) and the Comedian controlling a riot in NYC – one of the best scenes in the film. In this scene, nearly everything meshes together: the acting, directing, dialogue, pacing, music selection, and time manipulation. While it made me hope that the film would pick up a lot of steam, it unfortunately didn’t, instead alternating between scenes of complete mediocrity, ridiculousness (Dr. Manhattan’s “revelations” and the Night Owl/Silk Spectre sex scene), faithful adaptation but still not amazing (scenes towards the end of the film, particularly Antarctica), and of brilliance (Dr. Manhattan’s origin).
    However, there are several more major problems with the film: the aforementioned poor music selection, the plot holes/writing, and the general lack of interest for the characters. In regards to the last one, the film on the whole feels like a parody or big budget homage to the source material, rather than trying to become something entirely its own. While the inclusion of music could have helped differentiate itself for the better, it instead did the opposite, often selecting pop songs that were neither relevant to the time period, trying to take advantage of dissonance (e.g. classical music set during a Vietnam War, a la Apocalypse Now), seemed more along the lines of an in-joke (All Along the Watchtower towards the film’s climax), or just generally out of place. In all, the music choices brought too much attention to themselves, distracting from the important messages found within the film, and generally trying to be much more inspired than they actually were.
    As for the writing and plot holes, that can also be combined with a rather poor sense of pacing. Watchmen moves at a pace that just plateaus/flatlines from beginning to end; there is no buildup whatsoever. To put it one way, what happens in the beginning bears little impact on what happens in the end. Indeed, during roughly any scene in the film, it only feels as if you need to know what happened in the previous 10 minutes to understand what’s going on (either that, or have already read the source material). There also doesn’t seem to be any actual importance placed on any of the plots (death of the Comedian, rape of Silk Spectre I, Dr. Manhattan’s distance/loss of humanity, and the Cold War, to name a few). Everything just jumps from point A to point B, and if anything important/relevant needs to be introduced, then it’s done in the previous scene (again, the 10 minute rule). There is little to no foreshadowing whatsoever; which itself wouldn’t be a problem if the attachment to the characters or emotional/psychological impact of the plot were present. Whether or not the story is convoluted or easy to follow isn’t even a question, since the importance doesn’t matter at all. Which raises the question: What was the point of this film? Was it the visuals? The time-manipulated fighting sequences? The music? To add another notch on Snyder’s list of accomplishments? Or to simply show that Watchmen is film-able?
    Any and all of those questions, and even the reasoning behind it, is very subjective. In regards to the last question, I’d like to think that Watchmen is indeed film-able, but it has to be done under much more competent hands that utilize that medium; it has to be a proper adaptation and not just a poor translation. If anything, I would love to see Watchmen done again in 10 years time as a 6-episode miniseries on HBO. This way, the serialization will give more impact to both the plot and characters, and severely improve the pace and structure of the story. While I will readily acknowledge that there are several scenes of brilliance, the general mediocrity and haphazardness of the rest of the film far outweighs those few moments of transcendence. Granted, I’d be curious to see the movie again, this time on Blu-ray, but if I had a choice between that and reading the over-sized Watchmen: Absolute Edition, I’d choose the latter any day of the week.
    Things liked: the action sequences, Dr. Manhattan’s origin, Night Owl II/Comedian NYC riot flashback, the visuals, the trailers/marketing
    Things disliked: a big portion of the acting, the camera work, the sex scene, Dr. Manhattan’s wardrobe (or lack thereof), the direction, a majority of the music selection
    Rating: R
    Runtime: 2 hrs, 43 min.
    *Special thanks to the LA Times for the advanced screening

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

E-mail It
Powered by ShareThis