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Watchmen

The 2009 movie directed by Zack Snyder and based upon the book by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

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I'm the only person who was not impressed.

  • Jul 20, 2010
Rating:
-3
Careful what you ask for, you just might get it.  I always wanted to see the Watchmen made into a movie.  At the same time I knew it would be a train wreck.  It had to be.  How can you get everything from the graphic novel into one movie?  You can't.  it's just that simple.  Still they tried.  Problem is I don't give credit for effort.  Only for success.

The biggest problem for me is how they changed the ending.  I'm not sure what made the writers of the movie think this was a "better" ending.  I was warned by another Watchmen fan before seeing the film that I was not going to like the ending and she was right. 

Of course if you have not read the graphic novel (aka comic book) then you are not going to come in with these biases in place.  If you fall into that category you will have a totally different experience of the film.  Sometimes it's good to not know some things.  Ignorance can be bliss.

Okay, so there are two obvious flaws.  You can't fit the whole of the novel into one film and they screwed up the ending.  Was there anything good about the movie?  Yes indeed.

Stylistically it looked good most of the time.  They pulled off creating the heroes (or vigilantes depending on your point of view) quite well.  It looked good.  The cinematography was great. 

I was quite concerned about how they were going to pull off Rorschach.  Being the main character and focus of the story if that actor couldn't do the job nothing else would follow.  I have to say that Jackie Earle Haley did indeed meet the expectations.  

I wonder also how it translates to a modern audience.  This is at heart a cold war story.  The threat of the Soviet Union and global nuclear war did figure heavily into the original story.  I don't think people who were alive back then still feel the full force of that threat and a large segment of the current population has never felt it.  For that reason I question the ability of the film to have the full impact on an audience as the original comic did.

Even tho I rate this movie low it's still worth checking out.  There are enough things done right to make it worth your time.  Plus I believe watching "bad" movies and thinking about what makes them not fulfill your expectations is a great way to learn to analyze movies.  I panned it, but don't be afraid.  Watch The Watchmen.

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November 17, 2010
Agreed!
 
July 31, 2010
no your not alone i really didn't like this movie especially after all the hype it got. visually it was great, storyline-wise not so much.
 
July 24, 2010
No, you are NOT the only person who didn't like this. I have seen this a couple of more times and it got a little better but it pales in comparison to the book, it's real violent for violent sake and personally, Billy Crudup's sing songy voice as Dr. Manhattan combined with his pretentious talk really got on my nerves.
 
July 21, 2010
Nicely done. I did like the movie and loved the graphic novel--but I see your points for sure. I really wanted to see that giant squid in the movie; I did not like the way it altered the thought-provoking message of the comic. Thank you for the review.
 
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review by . November 17, 2010
All I know about WATCHMEN I learned from the movies. I'd never read the graphic novel…I'd never heard of it, in fact, until buzz about the movie started. So I cannot comment on the faithfulness to the source, or whether it captures the spirit of the original work.      So for this novice, WATCHMEN was a big, often entertaining, sometimes tedious mish-mash of straight-forward action film, a tongue-in-cheek spin on the superhero genre and a sometimes interesting …
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review by . September 25, 2010
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review by . June 11, 2009
I'll Watch something else, thank you.
I never read the old Watchmen book.  Called by many the greatest graphic novel ever and read by millions,  I was going to consider reading it after I saw the film maybe catching what they changed and get more insight but now, I think I'll pass. The film is about an alternate 1985 where Nixon has remained in office and the world is constantly facing a doomsday clock where Russia could launch it's weapons in a moments notice.  A once proud group of masked crime fighters have …
review by . March 07, 2009
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Comic book adaptations are all the rage these days and they are a dime-a-dozen. To prepare for the film and to write this review, I re-read the graphic novel so I can give a more detailed viewpoint. "Watchmen" is adapted from the award-winning 12-issue mini-series in the 80's which in turn became a popular graphic novel. The graphic novel was written by Alan Moore (From Hell, V for Vendetta) and illustrated by Dave Gibbons (Green Lantern) and adapted to the big screen by Zack Snyder (300). …
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review by . November 07, 2009
The movie was a little bit dark (the superheroes in this parallel universe literally kill their enemies) but I found it entertaining throughout. The movie starts with the murder of The Comedian, a sometimes hero, most times a nasty bully acting as a hero. He was part of a group of masked adventurers called the Watchmen. Most of the Watchmen were retired but they get together at the funeral and each has their memories of the group that go back to the 1940's.       There is also …
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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I can see where the film was TRYING to go, but it never quite got there. Visually appealing but it dragged on just too long.
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There have been numerous attempts to adapt the superlative graphic novel Watchmen, which was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, into a feature film. The first serious proposal to do so came in the late 1980s and for a long time director Terry Gilliam (director of Brazil and 12 Monkeys) showed interest in making the film. However, after numerous attempts to create a script, Gilliam was quoted as saying that the graphic novel was too complex and too amorphous for even him to adapt. Later acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain) was reported as a possible director, but this never came into fruition. Initially set to direct the film  was Paul Greengrass (director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum). However he was sacked during budget disputes at Paramount Studios, who were at the time meant to release the film. Since then Zack Snyder (director of the remake of Dawn of the Dead and of the film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel 300) has been assigned the role of director and the film has been moved from Paramount to Warner Bros. Studios.



The film was released on March 6 of 2009.
On July 21 of 2009 the film was released in both theatrical and director's cut editions on DVD.
On November 10 of 2009 the film was released in an Ultimate Edition containing Tales of the Black Freighter animated sequences and linking scenes.


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Director: Zack Snyder
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: March 6, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: David Hayter, Alex Tse
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
Runtime: 162 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Legendary Pictures
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