This has been a movie that I’ve been anticipating for quite a while now, after reading the astonishing novel/comic book I had to go and see it.
The Watchmen movie was an amazing live action version of Alan Moores comic book. It brought to life the gritty realness of all the characters who manipulated atoms by just thinking about them, dawned a Rorschach mask, followed the ways of there predecessors, used intelligence to conquer all and blew up anything that moved and lived to tell a joke about it.
Synopsis: in 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot.
The Watchmen should not be compared to such comic book films as Spider-man, Superman and The Hulk. Seeing that it incorporates of lot of the following things; gore (LOTS), sex, nudity (the MAIN character is naked 24/7) and political events in which really took place, makes this film unsitible for the faint of heart or for young children. When I say unsuitible for children I mean it, if you suspect this film to be in any way educational or entertaining for your child PLEASE refrain. At one point in the film a mans arm is literatly SPLIT into half, exposing raw bone and tatterd flesh. Also that the writing and GENIUS behind the novel and film over power that of any other comic book or comic book movie (in my opinion).
What I found most pleasing about the film was the artistic cinematography, it showed that Zack Snyder cared about keeping the film true to the comic book. The illustrator who created the imagery in the Watchmen novel, Dave Gibbons, was pleased with the result of the close attention to detail.
The character I found the most interesting in the film and novel, has to be Rorschach. Being a man with now powers, he sure has the the courage to do what ever and fight whomever he pleases, a total contrast to Dr. Manhattan. Once he puts on his Rorschach shifting “face”, he becomes his alter ego, he is NO LONGER Walter Kovacks, but the crime fighting vigilanti who doesnt give a shit about nothing or no one. The character I could sympathise the most with would be the Nite owl. He showed me the passion one could have for something, in his case being a superhero, and loosing it without looking back. When he decided he no longer wanted to be Dan Dreiberg, and rode out with The silk spectre II in his Nite owl ship to save civilianze, I “WOO WHOO’D” inside.
If you are a LOYAL fan of the Watchmen, this movie will be entertaining for you, but you might not like the subtle “changes” that occur throught the movie. Overall I thought this was a work of art as was the comic, and opened many peoples eyes to the intellegence in which can come from a comic book. Not EVERYONE who reads comic books is a “geeek” you know!
(5 stars out of 5)