Finally. After so many years of rumors, being told it couldn’t be done, someone finally did it. The film “Watchmen” is a fairly monumental task. But, Zack Snyder, director of “300”, took the challenge. And you know what? He made it work.
Is it perfect? No. But how could it be? With a combination of expectations so high, and nay-sayers not willing to accept it whether it was actually good or not anyway, it couldn’t be perfect. Besides all that, it has only a couple minor faults. One, the actress that plays Laurie Jupiter is only…ok. The only other complaint is that there are some lengthy scenes of dialogue. Chunks of the story are told this way and they can get a bit long. However, that being said, the comic book series had that, too. That’s just the nature of the material. It’s really a drama/mystery with occasional scenes of action or humor. It’s certainly more of an intellectual story as opposed to an action one.
Someone has killed a retired super-hero. Rorschach, a vigilante crime-fighter that refuses to retire, is looking to find out why. He unravels a plot that involves a far more terrifying conclusion.
The visuals are excellent. Everything here makes me think of the book. The actors are all on their game, with that one exception, and she’s not horrible. Matthew Goode, who plays Adrian Veidt, seems perhaps a bit slight of frame to play the role, at first, but you soon forget about that because he really plays the character so well. Jackie Earl Haley is great as Rorschach, as is Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan. I must say, I think they’ve done an excellent job at bringing the series to life.
For those die-hard fans, which are so hard to please, I feel this movie is very faithful to the original material, despite the fact that Zack Snyder made a change. But those tweaks don’t change the plot, or even the structural or emotional outcome. They merely trade one disaster for another, and it provides the same reaction.
I’d say that the long scenes of dialogue made it too long, but this is a big story, and it needs all of the 2 hours and 50 minutes to tell it. And yes, this has been pared down from the comic book series. Certain things had to be omitted, so die-hards just accept it. I do however still wonder if those that know nothing of the story will like it. It may not be for everyone. Well, it certainly is not for your young kids. This is most definitely a film for adults. Just take my word on that.
There is a lot going on in this film so you need to pay attention. But I think it’s worth your time. Yes, sir, I like it. I recommend it, definitely for fans, and even for people looking for something different and certainly as a more intellectual comic book movie. I’m going to need to see this one again.
—Neil T. Weakley, your average movie-goer. Who watches the Watchmen? I do.