6 comments on “Watchmen

  1. Nice review Alyson. Knowing the source material and having actually read it, I have to give Snyder all sorts of credit because honestly, it must have been hard as hell.

  2. This is such a frustrating movie to me. There are parts I really like. Namely the opening credits set to ‘The Times They Are a Changin’ and everything with Dr. Manhattan. Then there are moments I think are really pretty awful like pretty much anything with Nite Owl or Silk Spectre II.

  3. I’m very much with Aaron on this one (and I had some problems with the original comic, too, mostly with the ending).

    I thought half of the leads were miscast (Nite Owl, Silk Spectre II and Ozymandias), and the violence followed the comic book too closely in spots, not dealing with the fact that film is a different medium. But many parts were great (the opening, anything with Rorshach or the Comedian) and I think Synder is a really interesting director. I watched Sucker Punch recently, and I didn’t think it worked exactly, but the failures were the failures of an artist, not a hack. Someday he’s going to click with the right story and make a really great movie.

    Also, to give this movie its due, it has ambitions far beyond most superhero movies, and these days that;s something all by itself. To the extent it doesn’t succeed, you have to give it credit for what it was trying for.

  4. Oh man, such a great film. As a long time fan of the original comic, I was more than pleased with how Snyder’s vision came out – changes included. Honestly, it’s as close to the original story as film would ever allow, and while many might find fault with Snyder’s slavish direction in this regard, I think it was wonderful. The opening titles are among the best I’ve ever seen on film, and I think the subtext and underlying issues of the original comic flow through to this film – I think a few found it too dark, perhaps expecting a more tradtional superhero film, but for those who enjoy intellectual escapism of this nature, it’s definitely a great film.

    Great review too, Alyson!

  5. I’m glad to see the film got you to read the original graphic novel. I agree with you that it is the best ever made. And for years people tried to come up with a way to adapt it, but it was eventually declared “unfilmable”. The fact that Snyder was able to do such a great version of it is nothing short of fantastic. Even though a lot of people think it’s cool to hate Snyder, and therefore by extension his movies, this is a top notch adaptation. By the way, have you seen the version where the animated pirate comic is integrated into the film?

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