Starring Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, and Jackie Earle Haley
Directed by Zack Snyder (300)
Rated R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language
Appropriate for ages 18+
Based on the award-winning graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen follows a group of super heroes that are no longer wanted around by the citizens they are there to save. With the world on the brink of nuclear war, the heroes must decide whether to try to help, or just let the planet burn.
As expected, this is a visually stunning film filled that looks very much like the source material. 300 director Zack Snyder does a terrific job with the look and pace of the film. The actors all took their roles seriously and did a great job bringing their characters to vivid life. Stealing the show was Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach. He turned in an inspired an inspired performance that actually brought the audience to cheers on more than one occasion.
If you haven’t read the novel, you won’t miss the original ending, but I have, and I did. I couldn’t wait to see the giant monster killing off New York City, and was sorely disappointed when it didn’t happen. I can understand many of the changes made in the script, and what went in works logically, but that’s a massive difference that shifted the tone of the movie.
I was also disappointed in the overall soundtrack of the film. I thought it to be too playful and out of place. It sounded more like the music from Forest Gump then what should be in an intense superhero movie such as this. A more modern soundtrack could have elevated this film greatly.
I also want to put in an extra warning for parents. This is a film meant for adults, not young children or even teens. Not only is it incredibly violent, but very sexually graphic as well. B