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Watchmen – Movie Review

March 7, 2009

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Yesterday the day I had waited for  had finally come. Watchmen hit theaters this week and with this one of the most anticipated superhero movies of the year was released. Could it live up to the expectations? Would all the hype be justified? Well these questions can be answered with a small and simple word: YES!

Without talking too much about content I can honestly say, that it is one of the most respectful and true adaptations of a graphic novel I have ever seen. Zack Synder follows the comic books page by page, which gives the viewer many 1:1 snapshots which immediately bring the exact panel from the book to mind. There was a lot of discussion about some of the scenes from the comic book that were initially deemed to be to strong for a film (the rape scene comes to mind). But the director managed to leave everything in and as a big fan of the original I can say that this really surprised me (in a good way). There were no: “Awww why the hell did they change this” moments and even the slight change in the ending (and it really isn’t as big of a change as some people had thought in the weeks leading up to the movie) works perfectly. It is also for that reason that it is not a typical superhero movie, which tend to be all about the action and less about the characters as such. All of the important character developing parts where left in and as such, there are no leaps forward in time which would distort the experience, just so that the movie would be shorter. I must say that I’m looking forward to the BluRay / DVD release to see if they really include the real ending.

While watching the movie you will see so many Easter eggs, little details and allusions to scenes that had to be left out (although there are not many) that you will probably have tears in your eyes (at least if you are a real fan). The actors were perfect for the roles, especially Nite Owl II and Rorschach, and the musical choice was just pure genius. Special effects wise there are no complaints and the slow motion effects really make it feel like you are reading an action sequence panel by panel. That is in my opinion the strongest point of the film: it feels like a comic book the whole time you watch it.  I’m still not sure if I would call it the best superhero movie ever made, but it is definitely up there. In my opinion, everybody who like good storytelling should see it. Alan Moore could be proud (although we all know he won’t be). And as for the comic book fans out there: what are you waiting for? Go see it already!!!

Watchmen at the Internet Movie Database
Watchmen at Rotten Tomatoes

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  1. March 14, 2009 10:08 pm

    something that stands out to me about Watchmen is the amazing character development; they do a great job making each person in that movie a whole, unique person

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