That was Huge.

That’s what my son (18) said as we left after the Watchmen movie.

Does it to full justice to the comic/graphic novel story?  No, how could it? The movie was 160 minutes long and they had difficulty squeezing in just the main plot line.  Nevertheless, it all hangs together in the end.

Is it visually awesome? Yes!

Is it too violent?  Probably was.  Waaaay too much gore,  Rorschach’s gruesome epiphany was made more graphically violent – yet strangely less horrific – than the original’s and given that these are supposed to be real mortal people in tights, not actual invulnerable superheroes, they absorb far too much punishment before going down.

What about the visual style?  Great, loved the 40’s retro and wished there was more of it. And as everyone says, they absolutely nailed the duplication of many of the comic’s core visuals.  Rorschach was a characterisation triumph and the Comedian was better humanized in this version.  Nite Owl probably wasn’t podgy enough (probably just my own middle aged jealousy creeping in here).  As in the novel, Manhattan’s change of heart on Mars seems a little Deus ex Machina, but given that it really doesn’t matter because ultimately apart from Rorschach’s legacy almost everything except Manhattan’s decision take the fall for Viedt’s flawed vision is just back story, it’s a niggle.

The other niggle,  maybe I blinked, but how did the Comedian discover Adrian’s plot in this version?

I give it four and a half rubber chickens.

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1 Response to “That was Huge.”


  1. 1 Doug March 7, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Karen’s boycotting, at least until we hear if they screwed up the ending. It’s clear in the book that everything ends badly, and that’s the whole message — one man, not even a ‘perfect’ man like Veidt — can kill millions to save billions. Just doesn’t work. If they’ve left it ambiguous, it undercuts the message, since it makes people think, “Well, MAYBE the ends do justify the means.” And if it has a happy ending — if it looks like Veidt did the right thing — well, jeez. Just plain jeez.

    I think you’re right about the flaw, based on what I’ve heard.


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