Just as a matter of personal taste, I haven’t even the slightest interest in seeing Watchmen, but I did think it was amusing to see Entertainment Weekly so swoony over the film’s “at least two shout-outs to Woodward and Bernstein”–breathtaking!–and accidental endorsement of Obama’s stimulus plan:
The biggest laugh Watchmen got at the sold-out, 9 a.m., IMAX suburban-theater show I went to on Saturday occurred [SOMETHING OF A SPOILER ALERT HERE–LOOK AWAY IF YOU MUST!] when the Lee Iacocca-businessman-figure said, “Free is just another word for socialist.” It was the happily derisive laugh of a crowd that was totally into the movie, and which also seemed well aware of the recent effort to label the Obama stimulus package as “socialist”–and the audience clearly thought the use of that supposedly-inflammatory word was a joke.
UPDATE: See also Tabin’s take on the complicated politics of the film.
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