Movie Review– Watchmen

by Ryan on March 7, 2009

in Anything Else,Pop Culture

“Who watches the Watchmen?”  (I love that line) 

Well, if YOU haven’t, YOU should!  Based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986 graphic novel, the 2009 movie adaptation of the award-winning comic should definitely be on your list of movies to see this Spring!

BASICALLY SPOILER-FREE

Set in an alternate 1985 with the world on the brink of nuclear war, one-by-one exiled superheros are getting killed or forced out of the picture.  Like Moore’s earlier work, V for Vendetta, Watchmen is a very political work — jabs at liberals, jabs at conservatives, jabs at the complacent, jabs at the idealistic; this movie takes on everything and provokes thought about the nature of our social and political selves.  Nukes, indiscriminate graphic violence, rape, abortion, child molestation, Vietnam, Nixon, Reagan (name-dropped once), prostitution, and especially principle:  would you kill for principle?  Would you die for principle?  Would you allow other people to die for principle if you had the chance to prevent those deaths? 

Deep, raw, angry, Watchmen covers everything (it should with a 163-minute running time!).  Plus, the soundtrack is totally awesome!  The characters are very complex too:  the Silk Spectre II is super hot and very real, Rorschach is kick-ass ridiculous (I get more respect for him as the film goes on), and Dr. Manhattan is like a very complacent and distant Superman (but REALLY needs to put some pants on!).  The others are neat too — love some, hate some, but regardless the movie makes you feel something for everyone.

If I had a complaint about the film it would be that it sometimes feels like a diary is being read.  The cool part is though, it’s Rorschach’s diary and he’s completely unhinged!  But some people might think it drags at certain points, or could have been edited better.  I didn’t have a problem with it, plus the soundtrack kept things moving.  I read the graphic novel a few years ago and thought they were pretty faithful (minus one important aspect of the crazy wacked-out ending).  It’s long, but it’s the entire Watchman graphic novel and they pretty much stayed faithful to it all. 

I do highly recommend this film and add it to the growing pantheon of quality comic book movies, but be warned — it’s long, has lots of serious graphic violence (I’m not kidding!) and Dr. Manhattan’s kind of naked all the time (what’s with all the man-nakedness in movies this decade?  We all know women are the fairer sex, so why do we need to see men naked!  I’m just sayin’).  As far as a grade, I’ll give it a solid A- for action, plot, soundtrack, and for successfully trying to provoke thought.

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coffee March 15, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Rorschach was an especially well developed as a character; i hope the actor that played his role is nominated for some kind of an award (when that season comes around again)

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