Now I grow hungry for commentary.
Listening now, about an hour into it. Surprisingly, not good so far. Snyder's 300 commentary is pretty good. In this one, it always sounds like he's trying very hard to think of something to say. Lots of "ums" and "you knows" and some awkward pauses. He tends to say things like "I decided to have Rorschach do this because... you know... I thought it'd be cool."
Yeah, I was really disappointed with Snyder's commentary and only sat through half of it before switching it off.
He talks obsessively about the sets and locations, going on for ages about the geography of the backlot and which sets doubled for others and which walls were removable. It's interesting for about 2 - 3 minutes, but excruciating at the hour and a half mark.
He also has a habit of calling out details that are completely obvious at times (i.e: "There's a Gunga Diner blimp in the background" as an enormous blimp fills half the screen.), as well as being fixated on the use of CG ("That photo is CG" is a phrase he uses a lot.)
As ROR-SHACK pointed out, his worst crime is glossing over directorial choices by saying "I thought it'd be cool." There's a lot more to the film than just being "cool" and I found it intensely frustrating that such detail wasn't elaborated on in favour of more talk about which set was where. It makes Snyder sound like a lunkhead who made an incredibly intricate and deep film entirely by accident, which I know is not the case.
I'm up to Rorschach's interrogation scene and so far he's said little to nothing about:
- The tortured history/legacy of the production (admittedly covered elsewhere)
- The casting of the film
- How the actors got into their characters / filming anecdotes
- Any problems/obstacles faced during production
- The look of the film, specifically referencing Taxi Driver or Blade Runner
- The politics of the film and it's characters (he does talk briefly about this, but again it's all surface)
So far it just sounds like they included the Set Designer's commentary by accident.
Disappointing. I can only hope that the second half is completely different, but I don't like my chances.