I believe there are 3 types of people who are going to see Watchmen:
A) Hardcore fans of the graphic novel.
B) People who have read the novel and are fans of super hero movies.
C) People who have not read it but enjoy super hero flicks.
Problem with Watchmen is group A is going to rip the film apart but in the end enjoy it. Group C will like the film for its visuals but might not “get it” or care. Because of all the characters and the complex story line it might be too hard for the casual viewer to watch. I think the people who will like the film the most are group B. I am in group B and i loved watchmen.
I have read the graphic novel and comparing it to the movie i was very impressed. Some of the shots seemed like they were taken straight off the page. Even the dialogue seemed very close to what was written. As a super hero movie fan i thought the film was also unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Its dark. But entertaining and complex. Each character has their own story within the man plot where we are able to get to know them, their back story, and care about what happens to them.
One thing that I was worried about going in was the ending change from the novel to the movie. Group A people may not like it. But i thought it was fine. It worked well and almost made more sense. Where the final outcome of the story wasn’t changed the graphic novel version might have been more shocking. But i think for the group C audience they will like the movie version better.
BEST PART OF THE MOVIE:
Rorschach – He steals the movie. Every time he is on screen are the best moments of the film. He is the the ultimate bad Good guy. Rorschach plays more of a role of a detective in the film rather then a super hero. His negative view on life and the city where he lives is strangely entertaining as we get his thoughts expressed through his journal. He has many layers as you can feel his hatred for everyone around him but yet also he cares so much. Rorschach could hold the movie alone if he had to, but luckily he compliments the characters around him making the film even better.
WORST PART OF THE MOVIE:
The Music – This could have been a near perfect film but the soundtrack was just horrible. I am not talking about the Score of the film (which was actually really good). But the Music choices for certain scenes felt wrong and out of place. I understand they were trying to get the feel of what year we were in, but it was unnecessary. Songs like “I’m your boogie man” by KC & The Sunshine Band seems to get played in every movie set in the 70’s and i am sick of it. And having Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah playing during the sex scene felt uncomfortable and almost humorous. Ending the film with My Chemical Romance was also disappointing. That is not what i want to hear when i am walking out of the theater.
In the end, if you can get past the music and the running time of over 2 and a half hours, You will enjoy Watchmen a great deal. It is visually stunning and well acted. I am looking forward to seeing it again, maybe this time in IMAX.
OVERALL RATING: 9.5/10