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The most celebrated graphic novel ever written, ‘Watchmen’ takes place in an alternate 1985 teetering on the brink of nuclear Armageddon, as a group of retired superheroes reunite to track down mysterious masked assassin. The graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons was a self-reflexive comment on the entire genre and explored the fine boundary between the masked vigilante, the dirty civil servant and the dictatorial fascist. It has long been thought unfilmable: a direct translation, it was argued, would be overlong, punishingly bleak, bewilderingly convoluted and wildly uncommercial.

Which is exactly the film '300' director Zack Snyder has delivered. With the exception of an altered (and, it must be said, slightly improved) denouement, Snyder and his screenwriters have changed almost nothing from the original text. Costumes, sets, visual effects, the framing of shots and sequences, all the choicest lines of dialogue, even the music selections come directly from the novel. With all of these decisions taken out of the director's hands, what's left for Snyder to do?

Snyder's biggest impact is felt in the action sequences, which are also the film's weakest scenes: overstylised, repetitive and pornographically violent. Violence is the major theme of Moore’s book: it’s questionable efficacy in solving global problems, the conflicted, animalistic thrill of crushing one’s enemies. Snyder rides roughshod over such subtleties: 'Watchmen' may be the nastiest blockbuster ever devised. It luxuriates in snapping bones and literal explosions of gore. It's here that the gulf between comic and movie becomes most clear: Gibbons's drawings were often shocking, but they served a purpose. Snyder employs violence for the rush, and while this approach is sometimes brutally effective, it's also deeply crass.

The casting throws up mixed results: Patrick Wilson is agreeably vulnerable as Nite Owl, while Jackie Earl Haley makes for a supremely effective, unsettling Rorschach. But these two seasoned professionals stand out in a cast chosen for their physical similarity to Gibbons's drawings. Thankless female figurehead Silk Spectre demands an actress of real grace and vulnerability: Malin Akerman’s bland, soap-opera performance barely scratches the surface, while Matthew Goode's vacuous portrayal of the power-hungry Ozymandias suggests annoyed playboy rather than World's Smartest Man. But they can hardly be blamed: Snyder repeatedly fluffs the film's emotional peaks, blundering through on his way to another action setpiece.

But, try as he might, Snyder can't sabotage the sheer majesty of the source material. The breadth and grandeur of Moore’s globe-spanning narrative still astounds, and to see Gibbons’s iconic images writ vast and messy across the screen packs an undeniable sentimental punch. Like the book, there’s an impressive visual and narrative density here, cramming a bewildering amount of information into already overloaded scenes. The characters may be undermined by Snyder’s glib, hasty approach, but they still resonate, as do the overriding themes of power, corruption and human frailty.

But 'Watchmen' is still going to be the ultimate tough sell: there will be those who view the film as a bewildering mishmash of underexplored themes, thinly sketched characters and noisy, excessive violence. They're probably right: any work of popular art which demands prior knowledge must be deemed a failure. And yet, there’s something admirable about the entire enterprise: its ungainly size, its unrelenting weirdness, its willful, challenging intensity. Neophytes should probably steer clear, but for longterm fans of the source work this will be a hugely pleasurable, if ultimately unenlightening experience.

By: Tom Huddleston

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Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday March 6 2009
Duration: 162 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Zack Snyder
Screenwriter: Alex Tse, David Hayter
Cast: Matthew Goode
Patrick Wilson
Jackie Earle Haley
Carla Gugino
Matt Frewer
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Stephen McHattie
Laura Mennell
Malin Akerman
Rob LaBelle
Billy Crudup

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Zack Snyder's adaptation of the dark alternative comic book is brought to life with a stunning looking move about the less heroic side of superheroes and mortal men and women dressing up to try to change the world for the better. If you're coming to this movie thinking you're going to see a blockbuster like X-Men, think again, as it's an intelligently told tale looking back at the good old days after the Watchmen have disbanded and gone their separate ways. When one of the team is killed at the start of the movie, we delve deep into the rabbit hole as a whole can of worms is uncovered as the world stands on the brink of a nuclear war in an alternative 1985 where President Nixon is still Commander-In-Chief of the USA. It's a talky move and perhaps a tad overly long but still a good watch if you like superhero movies with a bit more substance.


I read the graphic novel last year, and while I liked it, I wouldn't say it's the best comic book I've ever read. Perhaps it's a time thing, as it was potentially revolutionary when it came out - I was too busy reading the Beano and tales of Desperate Dan with his mighty chin and cow pie.

So I went into this film without the air of 'if they haven't completely done justice to/bettered the legendary comic book I'm going to hate it', which I feel is what causes many of the negative reviews, aside from those who just can't sit through a 3 hour long film, and without that view, I have to say they did a perfect job of bringing the comic to life. The casting was perfect, everyone looked practically identical to their comic book persona, every shot and every line came directly from the comic, and surprisingly it felt to me like hardly anything was missed out.

I'd give both the comic book and the film 4 stars, neither outshines the other, and both are slow going, you have to be prepared to put yourself through the ride, but rest assured you won't regret that you did. Oh and read the comic first!


You are all clearly wrong one star review people. This film is amazing!! If you like nothing else about it, the fiery cum shot is worth 5 stars alone. I laughed so hard I pooed a bit.


I believe that most of these people who thought that this movie is boring, have no complete thought about it what so ever. I think that if you actually TRIED to pay attention and TRIED to get to actually know what's going on in the movie, you'd enjoy it. But, from my personal opinion, you really have to read the comic to REALLY enjoy it. I have not read the comic but about one time, but my girlfriend had told me that she was a fan. So I shelled out 10$ for her and me to go see the movie. I sat there, and for the first, let's say...hour or so it was quite boring. But as I sat there, and I thought about what was going on, and thought about the complexity and characters. It started to get more and more interesting. Though it was three hours, by about half-way into the movie it was AWESOME. Rorschach (for all those idiots out there who don't know how to spell it cause you were too busy explaining to your boyfriend/girlfriend how much you want to leave so you can make a move on them...) was one of the most complexing and difficult characters to understand, and for me, the whole hour story of how he was meant to be WAS appropriate. But, to me, you have to know the whole story and the background of the story to be interested in ANYTHING. It just seems that most of the reviews on here were from people who won't take their time to pay attention to anything except themselves. I myself am not that patient either, (I have ADD) but i still sit there for three hours. But, boring is just what you don't like. (or in my opinion) Boring is just what you don't want to think about.


I dont know..mybe its me but from all the gen u get before a film hits the screen u know if its ur "Thang" well in in advance , u might be let down 4 various reasons but in essence its why u go & shell out ur dosh ...so I cant grasp why any wud go & moan in the most gormless brain dead way ...more fool u for not usin ur " brain" , ur eyes , ur ears before going ...such revues are are waste of MY TIME


You only need to look at the other reviews listed here to know this is a love it or hate it film. The movie mirrors the source material so closely I can't believe any fan of the graphic novel won't enjoy this. I am (a fan) and I thought the film was great. Anyone else will probably wonder what the hell is going on. If you have not read the comic, don't expect 'The Dark Knight' or 'Spiderman'. The violence in this film is not quite as disposable as in those super hero movies you might have become acustomed to. Go and watch the movie - keep an open mind and you might even enjoy it.


I loved this film, i've never read any of the graphic novel and had never even heard of the film until it came out, my girlfriend is a HUGE fan of the graphic novel and was chomping at the bit (that means getting excited, for all you moron's and chav's out there) to see this film and we both thought it was fantastic. watch it in an IMAX cinema too as it's even better that way.


From word of mouth to watching the promos , with increasing interest I read the extremes of view - love , hate - rarely indifference - I went with mixed feelings to see it - well - what ever I was expecting out of the usual super hero genre - I saw the unexpected - a very interesting attempt at a very unusual story , which kept me intregued to it,s end . I,d like to see it again & await the extended Dvd . I recomend it .


This film is excellent. Sure, it requires a bit of thought but frankly, I'm dissapointed by some of these reviews. It was always going to polarise opinion but I found the sex and violence appropriate, especially when explaining why Rorschach is the way he is. This film deals heavily with political philosophical problems, such as the worth of human life, the nature an worth of power, the anarchic notion of society and how possibly to cure them. It created brilliant sociological considerations such as how we view what is essentially a God and how it views us. The fighting was great, if a little matrix-esque, and I'm sorry, but the first 20 minutes of this film make it clear that this is not the world we know without the condescending need to clarify it explicity - perhaps because this film assumes people aren't thick. This film verges on a nihlism at some points and sure, its not the most happy of films.But then this is a film that challenges that area of grey, in such an environment it was unlikely there would be concrete disney style endings. But the film left on a good note - that if we forget our differences we have the potential for sympathy, compassion and even peace. The fact this peace is forced upon the world is just another interesting talking point relating to peoples freedoms and their value. Go see this if you like a damn good film and have the IQ and concentration level required to get absorbed in such a marathon film with technical, muddied points


I really enjoyed this film. Having never even heard of the Watchmen before this film came out, I came into it expecting nothing but an action film-the majority of me went and saw it because my fiance wanted to, with a bit of curiosity on my end. However, I left the theater very satisfied. There was a lot of violence, and I do think the sex scene was longer than really appropriate (although the spout of fire coming from Archie was pretty funny). However, the story of Watchmen drew me in and left me thinking. The characters in the film also struck me as complex-I appreciated the backstories given for each character because it made me appreciate their personalities and ideals even more than if it had not been there. And I think it was these backstories that drew out the film and made it hard for people to sit through. Overall, it was a good film. If you have the time, I recommend taking a look at the themes of the film and applying them to actual history (like the attack on New York compared next to Pearl Harbor). Maybe it will be more appreciated in that light.


Enjoyed it. One of the best comic based films I've seen. Highly reccommended.


Looking at some of these comments it seems quite obvious that they should have required people to have an IQ of at least 60 before letting them see this film.....idiots need not apply as this film does not contain a simple 1 dimensional plot and words containing only 1 syllable. So in summary awesome film if you have half a brain and don't need everything spoon fed to you...not so good if your a friggin retard with the intellectual capacity of your average root vegetable.


there were flaws with the film, but it was perhaps too faithful to the source material in terms of pacing and execution. the stylised violence was needlessly, but effectively, brutal and some of the acting was poor. On the plus side, it was thoughtful, didn't stint on backstory, had a better ending than the book, and by sticking to source material so closely contained some effortlessly brilliant lines from rorshache (who totally wons both book and film). all in all, glad it was made, enjoyed most of it, look forward to catching it on dvd and certainly better than the recent batman film :)


An excellent film, thoroughly enjoyable - and didn't get dumbed down for the kids. Too many films now get stripped of their realism to appeal to the younger (or less intelligent) viewers - not this one. Probably why there are a few idiots that don't like it.


This movie reminded me of a DJ Shadow song. Perfectly selected samples re-arranged into harmonious, melodic, poetic bliss through a multi sensory medium. It effectively brings you back and looks forward all at the same time.


Very close to the GN, kept me glued & my wife who as never heard of Watchmen let alone read the GN. Dark, witty & in your face when necessary. A job well done.


I don'y know what cinema you went to, but nobody left the packed out one here in Brighton. why can't folk just enjoy the film instaed of going and ripping it apart. i am not a follower of the comics, but i was very impressed with the whole feeling of the film. As a gay man i was also turned on by the Computer Generated Dr. Manhatten and i am sure my fellow puffs would agree too....people see different things in a film...just enjoy and don't take things so seriously.....i loved the film cause it left me leaving the cinema thinking about stuff. to give a film a no star rating is sad and over the top, so get a life i say!!!!!!


Frank, do you call every sarcastic joke? nice work on picking out the joke though, you must be a hit with all the guys at war hammer club. and i bet all that pussy you get must be too much to handle sometimes. Frank wets the bed.


Julie 1 v Usman 0 Usman I'm sure you knew your wife would not like this movie so she has every right to complain - and you also knew you would not enjoy the movie - you really don't have to spend money on our account.


My favourite line in this movie, when Rorschach is banged up with scores of cons he has put away - he is threatened by a midget and his two hired thugs, "I'm not in here with you, you're in here with me!" The 21st C antihero, Rorschach, a do gooding psycho - and Carla Gugino is hot. The story line is feeble but this is still a hell of a visual and audio treat - go for it.


Having had nothing to do with this title in it's original form, and having seen it run down by broadsheets and the local paper but having been intrigued by the several trailers I saw (monthly ticket) I was happy to give it a go. The screen I went to was only a 600 seater and it was packed, nobody walked out. As should be expected people who can be bothered to comment tend to be at the extremes. For those people who have been offended by the (for present day) glimsed real nudity and computer-generated male full frontal then I think it is a real pity for yourselves and the rest of the audience that you went, same for the cg violence. First and foremost I like a story/plot, the watchmen has one; deception - revenge - sacrifice with some amusing moments thrown in with the plot twists. Unless I have got it completely wrong this is a world where (the blue Dr. M being a potential exception) the average "super" hero may be tough but ageing, capable of backing the wrong side as well as having personal flaws and being decidedly mortal. If the original book contained further side plots or nuance in what was shown then that is great for those who read it, there was sufficient here to keep me entertained from start to finish. I have seen a few "comic book" and SF films in recent months, some I thought good to middling. Batman and Iron Man (granted better acting but lesser storylines), some I wish I had not wasted my time on such as The Spirit and Cloverfield. I may well give The Watchmen a second viewing in a couple of weeks when I should be able to get some elbow room and hope to enjoy it in more comfort, this is the best of the recent buch, I recommend it.


Having had nothing to do with this title in it's original form, and having seen it run down by broadsheets and the local paper but having been intrigued by the several trailers I saw (monthly ticket) I was happy to give it a go. The screen I went to was only a 600 seater and it was packed, nobody walked out. As should be expected people who can be bothered to comment tend to be at the extremes. For those people who have been offended by the (for present day) glimsed real nudity and computer-generated male full frontal then I think it is a real pity for yourselves and the rest of the audience that you went, same for the cg violence. First and foremost I like a story/plot, the watchmen has one; deception - revenge - sacrifice with some amusing moments thrown in with the plot twists. Unless I have got it completely wrong this is a world where (the blue Dr. M being a potential exception) the average "super" hero may be tough but ageing, capable of backing the wrong side as well as having personal flaws and being decidedly mortal. If the original book contained further side plots or nuance in what was shown then that is great for those who read it, there was sufficient here to keep me entertained from start to finish. I have seen a few "comic book" and SF films in recent months, some I thought good to middling. Batman and Iron Man (granted better acting but lesser storylines), some I wish I had not wasted my time on such as The Spirit and Cloverfield. I may well give The Watchmen a second viewing in a couple of weeks when I should be able to get some elbow room and hope to enjoy it in more comfort, this is the best of the recent buch, I recommend it.


Awesome movie. Julia is Miss Jupiter! If you don't like graphic novels, corrupted superheroes, blood and gore why see this movie?! Ha ha ha ha ha I loved it


Awesome movie. Julia is Miss Jupiter! If you don't like graphic novels, corrupted superheroes, blood and gore why see this movie?! Ha ha ha ha ha I loved it


This film is top totch, I don't know why Usman is talkin smack about it. Word of advise usman, take that jar out ur ass, and use it to keep ur speeling books in, u do need it man. u must of gone to bovine university with them words. Anyway, I thought blue man was great, he is fantastic! Usman, u are not anywhere as cool as blue man.


This film is top totch, I don't know why Usman is talkin smack about it. Word of advise usman, take that jar out ur ass, and use it to keep ur speeling books in, u do need it man. u must of gone to bovine university with them words. Anyway, I thought blue man was great, he is fantastic! Usman, u are not anywhere as cool as blue man.


Tom Huddleston nailed it with this review. I had exactly the same experience watching WATCHMEN. Roy nailed it with it very first comment, and I'm surprised no-one else has said this [including me!] - this really is a Dune for the 2000s. Not that Snyder's anything even distantly approaching a Lynch, but nice one, Roy.


Julia, couldn't disagree with you more! To say the violence in this film isn't gratuitous or that it actually provides meaning makes no sense. The extreme violence, albeit computer generated, was clearly the main focus of the film. That's what was meant to entertain. I didn't see any attempt at creating a coherent or believable story and the characters just came across as complete morons. I accept the format and story might work in a graphic novel but I think the film is awful! Zack Snyder & co have taken the easy and very lazy option of soley pursuing and copying the violence and imagery of the books. The images in the books may well contain all sorts of meaning and evoke all sorts of emotion. It would I'm sure be considered art. But the film is pure exploitation, junk and instantly forgettable. I didn't get it but there was nothing to get!


I find this page highly amusing.Does the majority of it go to a film to analyse and deconstuct it into little parts and then moan about the directors vision and approach to the violence in it? The director made 300 and sin city - does that not tell u something! if its too violent go and see bolt, im sure you'll have a better time and you wont feel bad about spending your £6 for a ticket! lol I thought this was an amazing film and i just sat and watched as a film not some wannabe johnathon ross'. O by the way my grammer and spelling are probably wrong too but who give a shit! oops 1 profanity better R rate it lol


Joe, I respect the fact you may not like seeing movies with blood and rape and murder, not many people do. But you obviously didn't get the point of it. It's not gratuite violence, like Fast and Furious or Rambo. It has a real meaning. I'm sorry if you didn't get it. The graphic novel and therefore the movie shows how seriously troubled human beings are with their politics and wars. How do people with power do terrible things and no one ever knows about it and how obnoxious the society really is. It's about opening people's eye. That's why its brilliant.


Joe, I respect the fact you may not like seeing movies with blood and rape and murder, not many people do. But you obviously didn't get the point of it. It's not gratuite violence, like Fast and Furious or Rambo. It has a real meaning. I'm sorry if you didn't get it. The graphic novel and therefore the movie shows how seriously troubled human beings are with their politics and wars. How do people with power do terrible things and no one ever knows about it and how obnoxious the society really is. It's about opening people's eye. That's why its brilliant.


Utter trash! I'm amazed people are leaving positive comments for this film, especially women! Wake up people, this film is nothing short of being a snuff movie! Just the most expensive one ever made! That's all it is! Well done Warner Bros and Zack Snyder, a great amount of thought and skill was obviously needed to produce scenes of rape, murder and endless mutilation! I don't wish to offend readers of graphic novels, but if you liked this film because it is similar to the Watchmen graphic novels, then, you really ought to spend more time reading proper books, ie. one's without the blood-soaked pictures! This film is hopelessly dull and depraved. A product of equally dull and depraved minds. I reckon it will be remembered as the worst film of this year and will undoubtedly be the biggest box office flop of the year too! A total disgrace.


This adaption was better than every other made from comic books to cinema. They captured the feeling of the story and showed in the screen the same thing people felt when they first read Watchmen back in the 80s. Absolutely brilliant. I'm going to see over and over again.


This adaption was better than every other made from comic books to cinema. They captured the feeling of the story and showed in the screen the same thing people felt when they first read Watchmen back in the 80s. Absolutely brilliant. I'm going to see over and over again.


Usman- that is the best review i've ever read!! Absolute genius. Nice to know that you can swallow a dictionary and survive. Hope you swallow a book on grammar next time...


As an avid movie fan, but not having read the graphic novel, I was open minded. I had no preconceptions of what to expect either in terms of content or styling from the director. As an intelligent movie goer I enjoyed the story and the way it was delivered visually. But I found myself mildly irritated by the over stylised dialogue from many of the characters. This may be true to the graphic novel. Something that works as art. but that's not how the film is advertised. Something that will be disappointing to many movie goers, expecting a blobkbuster action movie. This became apparent about three quarters of the way through the movie, as people left in droves from the theatre I attended. It seems the days are gone when there was a clear line between a movie that had meaning, a good story and was able to be held up as a piece of art. And a piece of pure entertainment. These days, the lines appear blurred in favour of commercialism. Movies are no longer one thing or another. They are trying to be all things to all people. Unfortunately, trying to serve too many masters left me wondering what this movie actually is. While the Social commentary may be true to the graphic novel. It did nothing for me. The "humans are going to destroy themselves" commentary has be done to death. It doesn't need saying again. Having said that, I did enjoy the way in which the story was told. The style of the movie and some of the characters drew my interest. All in all, I left the movie theatre thinking it was ok but nothing special. I would recommend it with provisos. I would not see it again myself. Nor will I be buying the DVD.


er..., Mr. Khawaja "I AM GLAD I LIVE IN EUROPE AND NOT IN USA AND THIS MOVIE IS CLASSIC EVIDENCE of why i celebrate that fact as at least i am not responsible for a society in anyway that can create a distorted circus as deary as this death dream . " just so you know, this was written and created by two Europeans... English actually!


VULGAR AND VIOLET the most vibrantly vicious ,vivaciousloy vulgar and ostentatiously vile inadvertent comic book movie ever made .if it is at all possible to audio-visually torture someone to the extremes of their common sense and the limits of their endurance then this has the privelege of just about winning that pageant with as many methods devised in juvenile genius as possible to maime ,murder ,pillage and carnage every human emotion both physically and analytically to the point of hysteria. human life in its mundane frustration might not be the exciting bauble for some disturbed pseudo intellectuals who purport to be violent enough to appease their tantalising boredom with corpses but to involve weekend cineastes in their infernal criminal plans and a hilariously nefarious embargo on both mortality and immorality is neither amusing nor funny as all it leaves in remains is a deadly boring void . The watchmen will be reduced to cinders in the final nuclear holocaust and i hope all the multiple cemetry and burial SEQUENCES from this dismal epic will haunt the makers for eons for making a profoundly morbid and vulgar display of the american dreaM . I AM GLAD I LIVE IN EUROPE AND NOT IN USA AND THIS MOVIE IS CLASSIC EVIDENCE of why i celebrate that fact as at least i am not responsible for a society in anyway that can create a distorted circus as deary as this death dream . SLIMY ,VICIOUS PULP DRESSED AS SILVER SURFERS WITH A SICK EROTIC SCHIZOID BEHAVIOUR WHICH IS NIHILISTIC AND VOID TO THE POINT OF BEING NAUSEOUUS . THE musical score is a jocular accesoory like matching a MACHOISTIC leather belt to a the robe of a buddhist monk and the lack of clothing for both men and women is the least of the problems as it is the apparel on display which is sufferreing from a personality disorder like every character here that is fitted into those perverted lycra leotards , I have never heard sound of silence and hallelujah in this light or even imagined they will be used as spoofs for a ludicrous self indulgent science fiction in the worst art forms possible to create by distorted cerebrums . the spectacle of fireworks drubbed as violence with blood showers and crunchy bones with extra terrestrial aliens who look humanoid and humanoids who emulate aliens is a sickening cycle of some pseudo intellecrial prosaic sixties cerebrum influenced remarkably by the exotic drugs available in that charming era when jfk was shot by oswald and nixon desperately desired a nuclear war with ussr . i wish it had transpired as today i would not be sufferring from a splitting headache with a hysterical spouse who is going to bring up this preposterous display of visual wastage to taunt me for the whole of 2009 and blame me for taking her to see this biliously surreptitious and sacrilegious science fiction which pretended to be a pseudo intellectual psychological treatise about viagra and kama sutra in space . that leaves the story and script to be discussed in the behavioural aspects of crime and law and morality and order but that was hijacked by the superheroes who failed to retrieve any thing other then seminally atrocious prose and croaky hoarse narratives of monologues written by some deeply disturbed incarcerated and heavily medicated lunatic


Cant those under 18's just get fake Id's or sneak in or something, we did. The film was really very good. Its been a while since i read the comic but im sure it was really very faithful and they got about everything apart from the pirate comic stuff and some of the info at the chapter ends. The problems with the film was that it was pretty long,although I was so excited to see the film I barely noticed,and it did feel as though the film was rushing to get it all in. However this rushing to get it all in was only noticeable because some more key emotional scene seemed to be underplayed in favour of action scenes which although enjoyable did sometimes feel unnecessary. This is not to say the pace of the film is bad it is actually very good and set out well with an excellent nostalgic soundtrack from the 80's, but mainly before, as well as excellently timed flashbracks and voiceovers. The scenes between mother and daughter lacked emotional depth which was a little irritating as they were some of my favourite scenes in the comic, however I thought doctor Manhatten was handled extremely well and offered some of my favourite parts in the film which I thought were the least enjoyable in the comic. It is an epic film though and is forgivable in its small mistakes, the acting wasn't always perfect, but the film's soundtrack gave an authentic feeling of context especially in the great beginning of the film to the the timing of the times they are changing by Bob Dylan and the film is as good as adaptation as i think possible. So find a way to see it instead of this review!


Cant those under 18's just get fake Id's or sneak in or something, we did. The film was really very good. Its been a while since i read the comic but im sure it was really very faithful and they got about everything apart from the pirate comic stuff and some of the info at the chapter ends. The problems with the film was that it was pretty long,although I was so excited to see the film I barely noticed,and it did feel as though the film was rushing to get it all in. However this rushing to get it all in was only noticeable because some more key emotional scene seemed to be underplayed in favour of action scenes which although enjoyable did sometimes feel unnecessary. This is not to say the pace of the film is bad it is actually very good and set out well with an excellent nostalgic soundtrack from the 80's, but mainly before, as well as excellently timed flashbracks and voiceovers. The scenes between mother and daughter lacked emotional depth which was a little irritating as they were some of my favourite scenes in the comic, however I thought doctor Manhatten was handled extremely well and offered some of my favourite parts in the film which I thought were the least enjoyable in the comic. It is an epic film though and is forgivable in its small mistakes, the acting wasn't always perfect, but the film's soundtrack gave an authentic feeling of context especially in the great beginning of the film to the the timing of the times they are changing by Bob Dylan and the film is as good as adaptation as i think possible. So find a way to see it instead of this review!


You are all the most ignorant film critcs ive ever heard of. Ofcourse the Watchmen isnt subtle, its based on a comic book. And to say most of the people who are going to watch are under 18? really wow, that shows just how little you know about this story. Its been around since the eighties and its the most classic graphic novel ever written. Most of its original fans are middle aged much like you but cooler and not as bitter and snobby about movies, suck my balls. WATCHMEN RULES. (You are not allowed to comment me back unless you have read the book) ((which was named by TIME MAGAZINE as one the top 100 novels of the past century. ))


You are all the most ignorant film critcs ive ever heard of. Ofcourse the Watchmen isnt subtle, its based on a comic book. And to say most of the people who are going to watch are under 18? really wow, that shows just how little you know about this story. Its been around since the eighties and its the most classic graphic novel ever written. Most of its original fans are middle aged much like you but cooler and not as bitter and snobby about movies, suck my balls. WATCHMEN RULES. (You are not allowed to comment me back unless you have read the book) ((which was named by TIME MAGAZINE as one the top 100 novels of the past century. ))


to be honest i was really disappointed, i went to the premiere in london and it was very well made, but it did not have that much of an essence about it. this was made for a comonic, not for a movie, but well done to snyder and all the cast that made the impossible possible


As a long term fan of the comic I was extremely happy with the faithful representation offered by Synder. The changes, except the ending, felt respectful and somewhat necessary. The omissions felt ...well...missing. I am unsure just what people lacking knowledge of the original work will feel about what must seem a overly long and confusing film. Do not let that put you off if you don't know the world of Watchmen though, just try to forget expectations and enjoy the peek at an unparalleled masterpiece exploring human nature and the very meaning of life. And remember it ain't a bat it's an owl!


As a long term fan of the comic I was extremely happy with the faithful representation offered by Synder. The changes, except the ending, felt respectful and somewhat necessary. The omissions felt ...well...missing. I am unsure just what people lacking knowledge of the original work will feel about what must seem a overly long and confusing film. Do not let that put you off if you don't know the world of Watchmen though, just try to forget expectations and enjoy the peek at an unparalleled masterpiece exploring human nature and the very meaning of life. And remember it ain't a bat it's an owl!


Watchmen may be this decades answer to David Lynches Dune, generally it's not something that needed an answer it just has one anyway. I got to see this with 3 freinds only 1 of which was unfamiliar with the original comics, that person was the one happiest with the film though she fully expected there to be more exploration of the main characters in the sequal, the movie industry being what it is the movie may even get a sequal . Generally the film looks like Watchmen but doesn't really feel like watchmen, understandable given the state and weight of expectation that's been generated by this movie. Over all it's not a bad film it could have been much mich worse, I mean we've had the Spirit show how to really mess up a promising idea. As already commented the two male leads are quite strong against a cast that frankly shows its inexperience in comparison and the film concentrates rather too much on the violence as if the director was on home territory so he was going to milk every moment of it fo rall he was worth, none of which alters that for the sci fi or comics fan this is a must see film.

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