Critic Consensus: Gritty and visually striking, Watchmen is a faithful adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel, but its complex narrative structure may make it difficult for it to appeal to viewers not already familiar with the source material.
300's Zack Snyder brings Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' critically acclaimed comic book Watchmen to the big screen, courtesy of DC Comics and Warner Bros. Pictures. Set in an alternate universe circa 1985, the film's world is a highly unstable one where a nuclear war is imminent between America and Russia. Superheroes have long been made to hang up their tights thanks to the government-sponsored Keene Act, but that all changes with the death of The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a robust ex-hero commando whose mysterious free fall out a window perks the interest of one of the country's last remaining vigilantes, Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley). His investigation leads him to caution many of his other former costumed colleagues, including Dr. Manhattan, Night Owl (Patrick Wilson), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), Sally Jupiter (Carla Gugino), and her daughter, The Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman). Heralded for bringing the world of superheroes into the literary world, Watchmen gave the super-powered mythos a real-life grounding that had been missing in mainstream comics to that point. The film adaptation had languished in one form of development hell or another for years after the book's release, with various directors on and off the project, including Terry Gilliam, David Hayter, and Darren Aronofsky, as well as Paul Greengrass, whose eventual dismissal stemmed from budget conflicts with the studio. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi … More
|Rating:||R (for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Zack Snyder|
|Written By:||Alex Tse, David Hayter|
|In Theaters:||Mar 6, 2009 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jul 21, 2009|
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Critic Reviews for Watchmen
Watchmen the movie provides ample evidence that more is more, but less might have been closer to Moore in spirit (that is, anarchic, witty and compelling).
If you haven't read the source material I think you're going to dislike it even more than I did. So yeah, it's sort of bad news around here.
Those unfamiliar with the work may be completely bewildered, but stick with it -- this is a bold and uncompromising take on one of the genre's sacred cows that stands up to repeat viewings.
For such an epic spectacle, it's not burdened by a lot of clutter. It's intellectual complexity seems well-earned, not gratuitous. It's also visually stunning.
I truly wanted to love Watchmen, but I never warmed up to it and ended up only liking it in parts.
Audience Reviews for Watchmen
I had never read the graphic novel till about a year and half ago. I had really missed out on something awesome. Now for the movie it was not disappointing in any way to me. The changes being only a one time reader of the graphic novel I didnt notice too much. There were many parts though from the novel that jumped right out at me and that was impressive. I thought as a whole it was a very well done and solid movie. Darker than most superhero flicks, as the comic was darker and changed the way comics were forever.
One of my favorite superhero films. Dr. Manhattan was awesome! Ozymandias is a genius but sort of mystery to me. Rorschach sees the world a little too black and white for my taste but I gotta love his tenacity. Of course, Silk Spectre and Night Owl are my favorites.
It;s not fair for me to stick a rating on this as I am totally a non animanted, movie watcher, but for the 56 minutes I did watcg I'd have to give it 1 Star. 11-21-13
|Rorschach:||I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with me!|
|Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl:||Is that bean juice?|
|Rorschach/Walter Kovacs:||Yeah, human bean juice.|
|Rorschach/Walter Kovacs:||The world will look up and shout, 'Save us!'|
|Rorschach/Walter Kovacs:||And I'll whisper, 'No.'|
|Rorschach/Walter Kovacs:||Rorschach's Journal: October 12th, 1985. Tonight, a comedian died in New York.|
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