G4's Watchmen Debate - Drew McWeeny vs Dave Poland
by Alex Billington
March 9, 2009
In the online world there are numerous rivalries amongst various writers, that just comes with the job, but rarely do we ever get to see two rivals go head-to-head in a actual, legitimate debate. G4 setup a live debate on "Attack of the Show" tonight between HitFix editor Drew McWeeny and MCN editor Dave Poland on Watchmen and it's quite entertaining to watch. Both are very big fans of the graphic novel and very familiar with it, however McWeeny appreciated and enjoyed the film whereas Poland did not. For just under 8 minutes, the two argue about the merits of the film and Zack Snyder's directorial choices and more.
Given I've already expressed my feelings on Watchmen on this site, it's obvious that I'm on Drew McWeeny's side, largely because I did enjoy it as much as he did (if not more). The argument they get into at the end regarding box office numbers is a bit ridiculous, so I won't get into that, but I do like what Drew says about this being a movie more than adaptation. And to counter Poland, I did actually feel for almost all of the characters. I'd actually love to see G4 setup more of these debates, because not only are they conducted rationally, but it's good to hear reasonable arguments from both sides. Who won this debate?