Monday, December 16, 2019
Lately I'm finding that I'm more interested in the way a movie or a television series tells its story than I am with the story proper. I also find myself thinking about the way streaming programs have changed storytelling. The expanded format allows for a lot more nuance, for example. Because it is distinctly not something A would enjoy Watchmen has been episodic for me, as opposed to binging, which has made me think about why it works as a series when the movie, which was practically a shot-by-shot remake- fell short of expectations. Part of it, I think, is that as with comics the series has moved on from the first iteration of this universe and is telling a new story, with attributes that are recognizable from the world-building in the original. Spider Man movies, for example, are bad at this: how many times have we seen Peter Parker get bitten by that radioactive spider? Too many times. Move on, Spider Man filmmakers.