Posted on 6/19/09 08:42 AM
It?s very hard to find a film that can stay so close to the source material and still miss the mark. Most peoples complaints about adaptations is that they swerve away from the original story, while in this case Zack Snyder stays almost scene-for-scene with the style of the graphic novel, and in the process turns what could have been a superb action film into a boring overly-plotted and dull experience.
There is no doubt though that the graphic novel is one of the best books ever written, so with source material as strong as that it should have been the best of its genre. Instead Zack Snyder over directs as he once again fills the action scenes with slow motion shots, which combined with the films slow pace, makes it seem like time is really slowing down and you are going to be watching the film forever. In total it last around three hours long, which worked out well for films like The Dark Knight because it kept us entertained; a key point that this film misses.
It does have its good sides though. When the action scenes are not filled with slow motion shots, it has a very stylish effect which does add to the films charm. The character of Rorschach is definitely the best point of the film, and as the narrator for the film does have some big shoes to fill. He fills them perfectly with his low growling voice, and the mask he wears only adds to his dark and mysterious style makes him worthy of a film all by himself.
The most notable flaw of the film is probably the excruciating sex scene accompanied by the very out of place ?hallelujah?. It doesn?t really have any meaning or a place in the film, but merely adds to Snyder?s desire to make an R rated movie. If only it had cut pieces of the source material out instead of just the giant squid, this could have been contender for best film of the year, but instead falls short.