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Watchmen: The Movie, Everything I Hoped For, And More…


WARNING: This article contains spoilers about the film Watchmen (2009), so if you haven’t seen the movie, run off to your nearest theatre and see it, and then come back and read this article.

Well, the movie version of the world’s most famous graphic novel has finally arrived, and let me just say that I was quite nervous about this particular film. I am a huge fan of Watchmen. What Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons did with their comic book was simply amazing, and I was just as sceptical as they were when it was announced that Zack Snyder would be directing the big screen adaptation of their masterpiece.

Saying this, I went and saw Watchmen at the theatre on Monday evening, and I was thoroughly impressed with Snyder’s vision of the novel. In fact, Snyder’s vision was very much what Moore and Gibbons’ vision was, indeed, the film is very much an accurate portrayal of the graphic novel in almost every way imaginable. It is quite easy to see that Snyder truly is a fanboy in every sense of the word. He had to make the film that was Moore’s Watchmen, and not his own.

However, there were a few things about the film that I felt could have been done better. The first and most significant is the sex scene between Silk Spectre II and Nite Owl. While this scene did take place in the source novel, it was not as graphic as the one presented in the film. Indeed, it was overdone to such an extent that many laughs could be heard throughout the theatre, with me being one of the many providing them. While this really isn’t a big deal in the long run, it is interesting to note that Snyder was looking for ways to cut down the film’s funning time, however chose to leave this minute plus love scene in the film. The second thing that I would like to mention, is that Snyder chose to cut the scene involving the death of Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl. Now I would have though that this scene was important enough to be included in the final cut of the film, however Snyder chose to leave the sex scene in the film. Now common Zack, what do you think is really important?

This final thing that I would like to mention in regards to issues with the film, is the ending. I loved the ending of the original Watchmen graphic novel. I found it very surprising, yet very fitting at the same time. The imagery of the hideous inter-dimensional monster and the millions of dead New Yorkers lying in the streets was very powerful for a first time reader of the book. When watching the film adaptation, I was looking forward to see how Synder would interpret this scene, and lets just say I was surpised by what I saw. Synder altered the ending to make it seem to the public as though Dr. Manhattan was responsible for the deaths of millions around the globe, and the kind of nuclear energy associated with him was used by Adrian Veidt to kill all the innocent victims, in the same vein as what the monster did in the novel. Now this ending was not horrible, indeed it did fit with this modern take on Watchmen, however as a fan of the source material, I was really looking forward to seeing the hideous monster rampaging New York.

the-comedian1Even though it may seem like I was displeased with the film because of the issues I took above, that is not the case. I really loved this film, regardless of what I said in this article. It was about as close as you could get to seeing Watchmen perfectly adapted for the big screen. This was the Watchmen film that I never though I would see, because many believed, including myself, that the movie just couldn’t be made. Almost everything about it was perfect. The cast of the film was superb, especially Rorschach, who was totally badass. The Comedian was also extremely well played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He immediately became one of my favorite comic book characters of all time after seeing him in this film.  This film definetly is a must see for not only fans of the graphic novel, but for everyone.

One last thing, there are rumors floating around that Warner Brothers wants to put a sequel into production. THIS IS A MISTAKE. While the idea of another story from the Watchmen universe is interesting to say the least, this novel is one of the greatest ever written, and it has an excellent film to go along with it. Lets not cheapen the whole experience with the money grab that would be the sequel. Saying this, if Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons decide to write a sequel, and Zack Synder just happens to want to direct the big screen adaptation, who am I to complain.


March 12, 2009 - Posted by | Movies, Random Thoughts | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. We found the Watchmen squid hidden in the movie!

    It is really in there, just very subliminal:

    Good times.

    Comment by fullbodytransplant | March 12, 2009 | Reply

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