Curiosity Inc. wrote:
The matter of how one would re-edit the existing footage into a more preferable movie strikes me as a greater challenge and a more intriguing question.
Challenging indeed. But I'm game. Here's what I would edit, change around.
- I'd start out like the book with the slow zoom up the apartment building into Blakes apartment, with Rorschach's narration over it. In the movie it zooms much quicker so I'd slow it down. I'd then splice the dialogue of the detectives with footage of the fight, only the fight would be much shorter, with a red filter, and I'd take much greater care of not showing Veidt (The shot of him standing in the doorway would be cut). I know this would mean cutting all of the television portions, but I hated those anyway.
- No opening credits. Yeah, I know everyone loved it, but I'd much rather devote that time to actual story. So, it's out.
- I'd make a big change to the story's chronology by showing the flashbacks after each of Rorschach's encounters with the others, Citizen Cane style. So just after he meets with Dan, and Dan is alone with his glasses off, I'd cut to the Keane riots, for example.
- I'd trim the Veidt interview with Doug Roth. I'd get rid of it altogether but I think we kind of need it to establish Veidt as a character, the whole alternate energy angle, etc.
- No 99 Luftballons, I'm Your Boogeyman, All Along the Watchtower, etc.
- Rorschach's narration of the fates of the Minutemen would be cut with the footage that would have been used in the credits montage. So "Dollar Bill got his cape stuck" would be cut with the shot of him with his cape stuck. You get the idea.
- I'd throw in a scene of the two Bernies when possible.
- I probably wouldn't use "The Sound of Silence". Just an original song from the score. Since no flashbacks, this would just be the guys at the funeral. I'd cut the "it rains on the just and unjust alike" over the first shot of the funeral.
- Any of Nixon's scenes would be cut significantly. If I could tell the cold war story through newspaper clippings and television clips, I would if possible.
- Veidt's assassination wouldn't be in slow motion. I'd only slow it down when he actually hits the assassin. Actually, pretty much any slow motion with the exception of the Comedians death wouldn't be in this movie.
- Rorschach's arrest/imprisonment. After his "face" is taken off, I'd immediately cut to him sitting across from Long. If I'm allowed, I'd have Long narrate most of the interview, with Kovacs walking back to his cell and Long thinking he could help him. The hot cooking fat scene would be cut shorter, or at least the inmates scream wouldn't be as long.
- I'd take the scene where Dan and Laurie are on the couch, but with the television visible in the background. So I'd have all the current events stuff visible while the scene took place.
- No Leonard Cohen. No long sex scene. It's cut pretty much like it is in the book. That saves us like another minute or two right there.
That's all I can think of working with the material we already have.