Some quick thoughts about PREACHER

preacher-comics-vs-tv_home_top_story.jpgIt’s weird that I remember this story so well.

I have every issue of PREACHER’s run as a comic book, and bought each of them on the day it came out.  I bought the very first issue on a lark, and I remember spending a ridiculous amount of time and mental energy during the month between issue 1 and issue 2 thinking about whether I was buying the second issue or not.  I don’t recall if money was especially tight at the time or what, because comics don’t really cost that damn much, especially in 1995 or 1994 or whenever it was when the book first came out.  But it took forever for me to decide I wanted that second issue, and then it must have caught me, because I never missed another one after that.  I haven’t really revisited the series since it concluded, but I have all of it in trade paperback as well.  My wife recently read through them, and she finished the entire run but never seemed terribly happy about it; I have my doubts as to how well it will hold up.

That said, I watched the pilot of AMC’s PREACHER series last night, and… meh.  I have a lot more to say that’s bad than I do that’s good (Cassidy’s casting is spot-on physically, but he rarely wears his sunglasses and I can’t understand a damn word he says) but I’m going to give it at least another episode or two before I stop watching, just because of the example the comic book set.

Some gripes, because why not:

  • The direction is schizophrenic and weirdly cheesy, with an opening sequence straight out of a crappy 1950’s B-movie and occasional weird filtering on the colors.  There was one well-shot sequence, with Tulip’s fight in the car, and the rest of it was not so good.
  • Actually, that’s not quite true: the bar fight wasn’t bad.  So the action sequences are well-shot and the stuff that should be easy has me wondering what the directors are smoking.
  • Arseface looks fucking ridiculous.  Absolutely.  Fucking.  Ridiculous.  I know he’s supposed to be a comic character, but… god, at least try.
  • Speaking of faces, there is something about Dominic Cooper’s face that makes me not want to look at him very much.  I don’t know that I can explain it very well.  He looks… squished?  Maybe?  And his acting hasn’t overcome the weird squick factor every time I see him on screen.  For the lead, this is a problem.
  • It’s evident already that they’ve made a number of changes to the storyline, which is fine, but I’m irrationally annoyed that Jesse’s eyes don’t go red when he’s using the Word.  I will probably get over this.

I dunno.  I guess that’s not much, but when I have complaints and nothing really positive to say… yeah.  I’ll update if the series improves, and it’s probably worth pointing out that I’ve seen people who are normally hard to impress raving about the first four episodes, but right now I’m not hooked.

9 thoughts on “Some quick thoughts about PREACHER

  1. Holly

    My thoughts were probably biased because I was too ticked about the episode of Fear the Walking Dead that had just finished, but it seemed all over the place and I didn’t really care about any of the characters at all. Of course, I also don’t know the source material. I will probably watch it again just to see since I wont have anything else happening on Sundays until TWD returns.

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  2. Curious about this one as, like you, I’ve read the entire (graphic novel/trade) series and wouldn’t want to see it if it’s altered too much at crucial junctures… I never revisited it, but I bet I’d know what’s been drastically altered.

    Your post got me thinking about another favorite read of mine, ‘The Dark Tower’. The man Stephen King himself has already said true fans are probably going to be upset with what’s been done, so I’m down more than half a year away from cinema release!

    ‘Preacher’ as a visual is so over the top, I wonder if anyone or any treatment could do it true justice?

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    1. This could constitute a spoiler, I suppose, but it’s not much of one.

      I’ve heard that the story told in the DT adaptation is going to be about the cycle after the one described in the books, which ought to be interesting– it gives them room to alter things but still leave the books as canon and not really be “changing” things, because of how the story is set up.

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      1. That could work in my brain if it is indeed a cycle AFTER the books. My understanding has been it’s first tome material, with a minor character from book seven elevated to a major role (a ‘model/actress of the moment offered up to potentially increase ticket sales…?)
        My worries primarily come from reading SK’s own words that ‘fan’s may be pissed’.
        WTF???
        By the way, he just flew back out to South Africa where it’s being filmed… could be nothing… could be everything…

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