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02.20.2009

I haven't had a chance to see WATCHMEN in full yet (something I hope to rectify soon) but some lucky bastard out in Los Angeles was able to get into one of the early screenings that's been going on. Most of the opinions of people I know who've seen on the film have been wildly all over the map so when this guy offered to write in his thoughts, I was curious to see where he would come in. Here's what he had to say... (Again, I stress this is NOT my review of the film. I know sometimes people get confused when we run reader reviews...)

A few days back I was lucky enough to catch a Early Screening of Watchmen. Before I begin my review, a brief preface: I read the graphic novel once last year and absolutely loved it, so in that respect, I'm a definite fan (though not a fanatic). OK, here goes...

It's pretty damn clear from the first scene that Zack Snyder took the term "faithful adaptation" to a whole new level. Zack made this film for the fans, and from the first scene, it really shows. But he obviously needed to bring the non-fans up to speed too on the history of the Watchmen (and their impact on the world) and he does this with a truly mind-blowing and strikingly beautiful opening credit sequence. I saw this film with a friend who had never read the graphic novel, and by the time the credits were over, he completely understood the universe we were about to delve into. Awesome stuff, with a song choice I wont ruin for you, that truly is perfect. Along those lines, the soundtrack for this film is extremely unique and not at all what i was expecting. Lets just say you'll recognize A LOT of this music, but I mean that in the best way.

The rest of the film is a violent (INSANELY violent actually) and gripping affair filled with all sorts of colorful characters. I was a bit skeptical of the cast when I first saw the list announced, especially Billy Crudup as Dr Manhattan. But he knocks it out of the park (perfect voice) and Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach not surprisingly steals the friggin' show. He is one badass mother, and a few of his lines had the audience literally bursting into applause.

Malin Akerman certainly brought nothing to the part (other than a nice rack). She definitely didn't have the chops to pull off anything really dramatic, but man did she look good in that black and yellow leather. Patrick Wilson was great and Matthew Goode, who I thought was NOT old enough, did a decent enough job.

If I had any critiques to make, I would definitely say the film is a bit too long, or drags in some spots. This is an adaptation of a novel that had 12 chapters, and as is customary, new characters will come in with each chapter and you have to develop them and provide backstory. These flashbacks that come midway through sometimes slow the pacing (we want to get back to the present action!) but really, this isn't a huge issue. I had a huge grin across my face the entire time (that stayed well after the film's conclusion) and I couldn't get it out of my mind for days. What made this comic famous was that it reached way beyond the norms of your typical comic book and had something truly profound to say, and that's all here for display in the film.

Kudos to everyone involved for having the balls to make Watchmen the film it really deserved to be. To all those who've never read the novel, I ask only this of you...go in with an open mind and don't expect the next Superman (and thank God for that).

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Source: JoBlo.com

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11:43PM on 02/23/2009
I saw it too and awesome is too small a word. The opening credits had me crying, they were so beautifully done. As for the squid, besides being campy, it would take another 20 minutes or so to explain. And for those who thought it was too long or dull, have fun at 'Dance Movie'.
I saw it too and awesome is too small a word. The opening credits had me crying, they were so beautifully done. As for the squid, besides being campy, it would take another 20 minutes or so to explain. And for those who thought it was too long or dull, have fun at 'Dance Movie'.
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3:36AM on 02/23/2009
awesome.
awesome to the max.
awesome.
awesome to the max.
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6:33PM on 02/22/2009

I like to watch

Excellent review, I can't wait for the movie.
Excellent review, I can't wait for the movie.
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5:45PM on 02/22/2009
@ayestrain

I won't come down on you since everyone is entitled to their opinion, but every fan who cares already knows about the non squid thing and why they chose it and as a fan I can say that it doesn't phase me in the slightest. The squid would have been too hard to pull off without making it campy.
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I won't come down on you since everyone is entitled to their opinion, but every fan who cares already knows about the non squid thing and why they chose it and as a fan I can say that it doesn't phase me in the slightest. The squid would have been too hard to pull off without making it campy.
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9:34PM on 02/21/2009
very doubtful it was dull actually impossible
very doubtful it was dull actually impossible
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5:16PM on 02/21/2009

Ayestrain

I have not read the comic, as stated below, but did see the movie. I researched the ending of the comic [link] SPOILER, [link]
There is no SQUID in the movie, and Dr. Manhattan is "Indirectly" responsible for the "End of the world" (Sort of). I will say it was an entertaining film, but I will also (probably) never watch it again,it was rather dull, and in no way made me want to go read the comic!!!
I have not read the comic, as stated below, but did see the movie. I researched the ending of the comic [link] SPOILER, [link]
There is no SQUID in the movie, and Dr. Manhattan is "Indirectly" responsible for the "End of the world" (Sort of). I will say it was an entertaining film, but I will also (probably) never watch it again,it was rather dull, and in no way made me want to go read the comic!!!
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3:27PM on 02/21/2009

2 Weeks to go!!

I'm so freaking excited for this movie.

No word/hint from the reviewer above about the ending change? Must not be too drastic one hopes.

Any bets on what the domestic gross for this picture will be?
I'm so freaking excited for this movie.

No word/hint from the reviewer above about the ending change? Must not be too drastic one hopes.

Any bets on what the domestic gross for this picture will be?
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3:11AM on 02/21/2009
Awesome. I'll be seeing it on the fourth; all film majors at Art Center were invited to a free advanced screening with director/dp q&a, and I luckily snagged two seats before it filled up. Can't wait!
Awesome. I'll be seeing it on the fourth; all film majors at Art Center were invited to a free advanced screening with director/dp q&a, and I luckily snagged two seats before it filled up. Can't wait!
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12:07AM on 02/21/2009
Anyone who says a movie is too long is clearly a smoker.
Anyone who says a movie is too long is clearly a smoker.
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9:29PM on 02/20/2009

I saw it yesterday

I was at a screening in Dallas! I never read the comic, but I thought it was OK. It was a bit slow and was not nearly as cool as the trailers let on. I thought Rorschach was the best part, and if the guy who plays him is cast as Freddy Kruger in the remake (HE is rumored) then it is perfect casting.

Oh, and the guy who played comedien was brilliant too. Overall it was a decent flim that did not need to be 3 hours long (Which it just about was).
I was at a screening in Dallas! I never read the comic, but I thought it was OK. It was a bit slow and was not nearly as cool as the trailers let on. I thought Rorschach was the best part, and if the guy who plays him is cast as Freddy Kruger in the remake (HE is rumored) then it is perfect casting.

Oh, and the guy who played comedien was brilliant too. Overall it was a decent flim that did not need to be 3 hours long (Which it just about was).
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8:00PM on 02/20/2009
I'm a little curious as to why he thought it was slow. If this cut of the movie feels long, the +3 Hour cut will feel rough for him.

Whatever being, Yay for another positive review.
I'm a little curious as to why he thought it was slow. If this cut of the movie feels long, the +3 Hour cut will feel rough for him.

Whatever being, Yay for another positive review.
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6:46PM on 02/20/2009
I seriously cannot wait for this film, it sounds like its gunna be incredible.
I seriously cannot wait for this film, it sounds like its gunna be incredible.
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6:23PM on 02/20/2009
The movie is meant to be 3+ hours. No way can this ever be too long.
The movie is meant to be 3+ hours. No way can this ever be too long.
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6:12PM on 02/20/2009
Won't ruin the song choice in the opening credits? Wasn't it already revealed?

PS I dont want to say in case it really is a spoiler
Won't ruin the song choice in the opening credits? Wasn't it already revealed?

PS I dont want to say in case it really is a spoiler
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5:14PM on 02/20/2009
Too long? No way can this movie ever be too long for me. I want that book on the screen and if I cant have that, I want it on DVD (Blu Ray preferably)
Too long? No way can this movie ever be too long for me. I want that book on the screen and if I cant have that, I want it on DVD (Blu Ray preferably)
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