Review: Watchmen

They kept true to the comic. The only major change is at the end. The alien squid is replaced by a different threat that makes a lot more sense.

The performances were excellent, especially Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach) and Patrick Wilson (Nite Owl). They did a great job of brining those characters to life.

My only complains is the pacing could have flowed better. The film needed a greater feeling of urgency, since it was built into the story. I also feel some scene should have felt more intense. At times it felt too clinical. But over all they did an amazing  translating the comic to the screen.

B+

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  1. Whew! Still haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m relieved that you liked the onscreen version of Rorschach, my favorite character.

    I never liked the squid. I thought that was the only flaw of the original.

  2. The film works, period.

    Moore owes the director an apology for being such ass about a film he never watched…

    Gibbons, at least, acted like a gentleman and probably has been screwed on DC deals, too.

    Back the film — best adaptation I’ve seen since Superman: The Movie (1978). It’ll be tough to top in that sense.

    I really don’t think it’ll benefit from an extended cut. I had no big pacing problems and the film told the story it had to.

  3. It’s definitely very faithful, though I wish they had handled some scenes better. I look forward to another viewing later. I loved the opening credits sequence. And the fight between the Comedian and his murderer.

  4. I found Dr. Manhattan’s nudity to be completely unnecessary and distracting. If anything, keeping a diaper on the guy would have made the movie a lot better in my book.

  5. He was nude in the comic but there were only a few panels in the whole book where you could see his dong. There were a couple things they added that were not necessary like the extra gore.

  6. I finally saw the film this past afternoon (at a new theater in downtown Richmond, which used to be a historic train factory; the theater has a museum to it as well)!

    I will not force Alan Moore to sit through this film or accept it, as I respect the guy. But I do have to say, this film was indeed faithful to the original graphic novel! It was very well done, and I was really entertained. It was also incredibly loud, too! Next time I see this film in the theaters again, I have to bring earplugs. 🙂

    While I accepted the whole film, they sure did take a lot of liberties with the climax! (And not just the squid’s replacement, which worked very well.) I, too, preferred the chat between Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias in the comic, even though what was used in the film is not half bad.

    I again must say, it’s a great film, and the cast did a great job bringing the characters to life, especially Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach (my favorite character).

  7. I thought Patrick Wilson was perfect as the Nite Owl. He was way better than I expected him to be. I saw him in Little Children and I had a hard time seeing him in that role.

    Did you recognize 80s icon Max Headroom actor Matt Frewer as Moloch? I though the ears were a bit much, but he looked the part.

  8. Conveniently, both he and Jackie Earle Haley were in that movie!

    I still remember Jackie from his BAD NEWS BEARS days, and thought he was a superb choice for the role or Rorschach! (Before him, I always pictured Ron Howard, for some reason.)

    I heard Matt Frewer was in this film (I’m a MAX HEADROOM fan), so I was looking forward to his role! Of course, he was great as Moloch.

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