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03.06.2009

Not since THE DARK KNIGHT have I seen fanboys whipped up into such a frenzy over a movie. Of course TDK Fever was only a few months ago but the next big geek fantasy is on the big screen starting today. Perhaps you're one of the lucky ones who saw an advanced screening or waited in line to see one of last night's midnight screenings. Maybe you're leaving in a few minutes to check it out. No matter what you're level of WATCHMEN love, we've had lots of coverage over the past couple months. I feel a flashback coming on....

New about Aronofsky leaving WATCHMEN to direct THE FOUNTAIN

A 2005 Comix-to-Flix column evaluating whether WATCHMEN can ever be made

Dr. Manhattan concept art from the Paul Greengrass era

Our first article mentioning Zack Snyder as a possibility to direct WATCHMEN

WATCHMEN gets its cast

Exclusive JoBlo.com WATCHMEN video journal

Our visit to the Vancouver set of WATCHMEN

The first and second trailers for WATCHMEN

Our wrap-up of the WATCHMEN Comic-Con panel and our Con interviews with the cast

Our exclusive video interviews with Zack Snyder, Malin Akerman, Carla Gugino, Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Early Haley and Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Super WATCHMEN fangirl Jenna Busch reviews the film

Whew! That's a lot of WATCHMEN coverage. As you might expect, we're all a little exhausted from covering this film for the past six years or so. Now it's your turn. The Strike Backs will be left wide open for you to post your own review of the film and discuss WATCHMEN with your fellow schmoes. Now if you'll excuse me, this Silk Spectre I and II slash fiction isn't going to write itself...

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6:00AM on 03/10/2009

jmar

haha calm down little boy! YOUR (i hope thats easier for u to read) only going to give yourself high blood pressure getting all worked up like that! anyways I'm glad to see you admit the movie did have merits, it sounds like you might be coming around after all! but while im here......um fuck you, i dont have to give lectures on why i thought snyder did an amazing job, i thought the movie was awsome so its all good for me, its the soppy fucking fanboys like u that think the movie had problems,
haha calm down little boy! YOUR (i hope thats easier for u to read) only going to give yourself high blood pressure getting all worked up like that! anyways I'm glad to see you admit the movie did have merits, it sounds like you might be coming around after all! but while im here......um fuck you, i dont have to give lectures on why i thought snyder did an amazing job, i thought the movie was awsome so its all good for me, its the soppy fucking fanboys like u that think the movie had problems, so why should i feel any need to justify my opinion to u!

now thats been said i would like to offer u an apology for my childish reaction, and i would like to thank you for wishing me the best for the rest of my life, being a mindless drone is a lot harder than people think, u just drone on and on and on all day long until some snotty smalled faced twat (that picture does amuse me) comes along and says something thats just anoys you! .......hey dont get me wrong its not a bad life, but just sometimes i wish i could change!
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5:33PM on 03/09/2009

SORRY, BUT ...

... I'm sticking with the comic (my fault I read it last year, but I'm glad). Snyder ruined the ending, and that's the problem. He compromised. Only a very good movie ...
... I'm sticking with the comic (my fault I read it last year, but I'm glad). Snyder ruined the ending, and that's the problem. He compromised. Only a very good movie ...
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3:36PM on 03/09/2009

GOOD ONE

Zack delivered. I was a little worried after the joke that was 300. I can say now that Zack once again makes me proud to be involved with Canadian film making.

I've talked to a bunch of people today who saw the film but didn't read the novel and say they didn't like the movie. I get that. It really was a movie for fans of the novel.

The changed ending was perfect, it actually made way more sense...not that I didn't love the giant squid but it did make me laugh out loud when I first read
Zack delivered. I was a little worried after the joke that was 300. I can say now that Zack once again makes me proud to be involved with Canadian film making.

I've talked to a bunch of people today who saw the film but didn't read the novel and say they didn't like the movie. I get that. It really was a movie for fans of the novel.

The changed ending was perfect, it actually made way more sense...not that I didn't love the giant squid but it did make me laugh out loud when I first read the book.

Most of the performances were AMAZING, as were the VFX and cinematography. Great sound track and sound design as well.

Malin Ackerman's performance was dry...yeah yeah dry character, not much to work with...she isn't a good actress...admit it already. All these people defending her performance are probably the same people that cried when Dark Knight didn't get a Best Picture oscar nom. detach yourselves from your fantasy land and recognize the difference between GOOD and BAD.

Some of the fight sequences were unnecessarily dragged out and the sex scene between Night Owl and Silk II was retarded. I've seen better soft core on Baby Blue II.

IMHO.
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1:49PM on 03/09/2009
Right, I'm the juvenile, while you use "ur" and have to resort to name-calling to get your point across instead of arguing the actual merits of the movie. I apologize if my post struck a nerve. Judging from your childish reaction, I think it did. Oh well, enjoy being a mindless drone the rest of your life.
Right, I'm the juvenile, while you use "ur" and have to resort to name-calling to get your point across instead of arguing the actual merits of the movie. I apologize if my post struck a nerve. Judging from your childish reaction, I think it did. Oh well, enjoy being a mindless drone the rest of your life.
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11:37AM on 03/09/2009

jmar

I have no idea why ur such a twat let alone why u think anyone cares about ur juvenile opinion. u didnt like it.....we get it, fuck off!
I have no idea why ur such a twat let alone why u think anyone cares about ur juvenile opinion. u didnt like it.....we get it, fuck off!
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11:19AM on 03/09/2009
I really liked it, I need to go back and read the novel now so I can get some of the stuff that happened and the characters better. My only major complaint was the slow motion, at times it felt over used. I joked the movie wouldve been 30 mins. shorter if there wasnt all the slomo. I think Snyder needs to get a hold on that, a little bit is good but sometimes you can go overboard and he got pretty close to going overboard a few times. 7/10 for now itll change after another viewing probably up.
I really liked it, I need to go back and read the novel now so I can get some of the stuff that happened and the characters better. My only major complaint was the slow motion, at times it felt over used. I joked the movie wouldve been 30 mins. shorter if there wasnt all the slomo. I think Snyder needs to get a hold on that, a little bit is good but sometimes you can go overboard and he got pretty close to going overboard a few times. 7/10 for now itll change after another viewing probably up.
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10:06AM on 03/09/2009

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in the words of Johnny Utah............ amazing, fucking amazing! snyder made it work. i dont care what anybody eles thinks i enjoyed every minute. the acting was spot on (even matthew goode, who was was my one real concern) and i feel that it really captured all the most important themes in the book! bring on the ultimate cut.........cannot fucking wait!!

oh one more thing.......a note to "natdizzle" it IS a matter of opinion, and everyone is entitled to one! not just u fucko!
in the words of Johnny Utah............ amazing, fucking amazing! snyder made it work. i dont care what anybody eles thinks i enjoyed every minute. the acting was spot on (even matthew goode, who was was my one real concern) and i feel that it really captured all the most important themes in the book! bring on the ultimate cut.........cannot fucking wait!!

oh one more thing.......a note to "natdizzle" it IS a matter of opinion, and everyone is entitled to one! not just u fucko!
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5:03AM on 03/09/2009
All right look if you liked the movie that's cool but seriously stop the bullshit about how we should all just be thankful we got a film at all. I'm not gonna go out on bended knee to Snyder because he made an entertaining film, that was never what Watchmen was about to me. I haven't read the book multiple times because it has a great plot, the fact is he missed a lot of the point. And a lot of people are saying he's damned if he does damned if he doesn't and I agree but if that's true why'd he
All right look if you liked the movie that's cool but seriously stop the bullshit about how we should all just be thankful we got a film at all. I'm not gonna go out on bended knee to Snyder because he made an entertaining film, that was never what Watchmen was about to me. I haven't read the book multiple times because it has a great plot, the fact is he missed a lot of the point. And a lot of people are saying he's damned if he does damned if he doesn't and I agree but if that's true why'd he take up the damn thing. Plenty of better filmmakers before him backed off when they thought it was unfilmable, Moore said it was unfilmable, so you're damn right I'm gonna criticize if it wasn't perfect. More than the changes though it was just a bad movie. Cringeworthy dialogue that didn't play well onscreen, a disjointed narrative, stupid fight scenes just like 300 and characters that weren't fleshed out enough. It would have greatly benefited from the extra material in the book, I have no idea how you enjoy this flick whether you're a fan or not.
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3:40AM on 03/09/2009
i thought about that casketmouth, but it really wouldnt work, the first movie would be nothing but backgrounds info, flashbacks and exposition of the alternate time line the movie is based in. there would hardly be any plot at all. certainly not enough to justify a split movie tactic.
i thought about that casketmouth, but it really wouldnt work, the first movie would be nothing but backgrounds info, flashbacks and exposition of the alternate time line the movie is based in. there would hardly be any plot at all. certainly not enough to justify a split movie tactic.
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3:32AM on 03/09/2009
The damn movie should have been two parts and filmed all at once to get EVERYTHING the Novel intended. They damn sure had the budget and I don't see why they didn't do just that...TWO fucking PARTS!!!!!!!!!!
The damn movie should have been two parts and filmed all at once to get EVERYTHING the Novel intended. They damn sure had the budget and I don't see why they didn't do just that...TWO fucking PARTS!!!!!!!!!!
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2:43AM on 03/09/2009

Who watches the Watchmen... I did.

In an alternate reality 2009 Zack Snyder, persecuted and run out of Hollywood for creating the biggest heap of crap that has ever been captured on the silver screen. Later that evening the body of Zack Snyder was found with a meat cleaver sticking out of his head and note pinned to his chest reading "This is what happens to Directors that fuck with our graphic novels".

Well I'm glad I dont live in that alternate reality. In THIS reality Zack Snyder should be praised for what he has done.
In an alternate reality 2009 Zack Snyder, persecuted and run out of Hollywood for creating the biggest heap of crap that has ever been captured on the silver screen. Later that evening the body of Zack Snyder was found with a meat cleaver sticking out of his head and note pinned to his chest reading "This is what happens to Directors that fuck with our graphic novels".

Well I'm glad I dont live in that alternate reality. In THIS reality Zack Snyder should be praised for what he has done. The trouble is if you make films in this day and age, You're damned if you do and damned if you dont. I mean If the guy made it exactly as the GN (word for word, Pic by pic) he ends up with a meat cleaver to the brain. If he strays from the GN and comes up with something completely different then, again the meat cleaver.
"Too much blue dick, Not enough, Dick too short, Dick too long,Movie Too long, Not long enough, Blah Blah fucking BLAH.
What does a guy have to do to please everyone. I went to see it last night with a mate of mine and I new a little bit about it witch I think helped me, I enjoyed it, I was entertained for 160 minutes, Longer if you include the trailers hehe. I think hollywood has turned the majority of us into a pack of bloody whiners and complainers. People need to take a step back and take a look at the BIG picture and thank the film industry for even trying to put these stories on the big screen for us, I mean I go to the movies/ watch dvds to escape the shit thats going on in my own life and last night was 160 mins that I had not a care in the world... Longer if you include trailers hehehe.
I know I'll be seeing it again, There was soo much to take in that I have to and want to.
Rorshach was Incredible, I take my hat off to him.
My xtra tidbit- Did anyone notice the nod to 300 at the beginning when the comedian throws the coffee cup and it hits the numbers on the door to the apartment.
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12:28AM on 03/09/2009
the main thing missing from the film, and i loved it regardless, is the world and the time. they got the look of it down pact, but the feeling of constant fear and seething hate that could be found everywhere in the alternate timeline Moore created was missing. admittedly this could have been accomplished with a longer run time, but i guess at some point you have just got to go with what you got. i am talking about the little things, like the cops in the GN that let us see into the way people
the main thing missing from the film, and i loved it regardless, is the world and the time. they got the look of it down pact, but the feeling of constant fear and seething hate that could be found everywhere in the alternate timeline Moore created was missing. admittedly this could have been accomplished with a longer run time, but i guess at some point you have just got to go with what you got. i am talking about the little things, like the cops in the GN that let us see into the way people felt in those times, the death of Hollis that also showed us the thinking that went into the Keane act. what makes the GN so complete is the extra material. exerpts from Hollis' book, showing how these guys started, Rorschach's psychiatric files, showing us how messed up the man is. the report about Manhattan, etc... so like i said, they got the characters pretty well, the pacing was a little disjointed but the movie cam together perfectly at the end, they got the look down perfectly, they just didnt quite get the feel of that era down perfectly. and believe me, any of you that havent read the book, that plays a huge part and how everything fits together. though i have to agree with jmar a bit, the one thing we didnt really need was the war room stuff. they passed over it in the book, kind of letting us know how serious things were, but in the movie, they had the whole deadline thing, they mapped out the first strike scenario. it was just too much, and wasnt necessary. i mean that also had some part to do with the feel of the movie. in the book, there was no time line, no 48hrs before first strike BS, just Nixon saying, "all we can do is sit and wait". again that is the feeling of unease and constant, debilitating pressure and anxiousness that seeped into the world. everyone could be dead tonight, tomorrow or next week, they dont know and it causes the people to act the way they do. still, i tell you, i really liked the movie regardless.
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10:41PM on 03/08/2009
AMAZING! A lot of stuff was cut from the book, a lot of stuff was altered, but none the less, AMAZING!
AMAZING! A lot of stuff was cut from the book, a lot of stuff was altered, but none the less, AMAZING!
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10:09PM on 03/08/2009

AS A FAN TO THE NOVEL

I loved it...ppl are being to critical to the movie
I loved it...ppl are being to critical to the movie
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9:44PM on 03/08/2009
I had a ton of problems with the film but to summarize it succinctly it comes down to poor editing choices. The things that Snyder extends/adds in (Nixon in the war room and lots of extended slo-mo fight sequences) were detrimental to the film. The things he took out (Manhattan's watchmaker soliloquy, a more detailed psychiatric session with Rorschach, death of Hollis Mason, giant squid) were also detrimental. I understand the film couldn't be that long but by cutting out the god-awful war room
I had a ton of problems with the film but to summarize it succinctly it comes down to poor editing choices. The things that Snyder extends/adds in (Nixon in the war room and lots of extended slo-mo fight sequences) were detrimental to the film. The things he took out (Manhattan's watchmaker soliloquy, a more detailed psychiatric session with Rorschach, death of Hollis Mason, giant squid) were also detrimental. I understand the film couldn't be that long but by cutting out the god-awful war room scenes and immature fight sequences he could have added more of the thematic elements. It was a watered down version of Watchmen, visually it was spot on but it had none of the philosophical meaning that made the original a classic. I don't completely blame Snyder because I believe the novel is unfilmable, but he took up the project and wanted the credit for doing so so he gets the blame as well. Not an abomination but it had the potential to be much, much better. I want to add that Peter Jackson filmed the Lord of the Rings books in their entirety. If the theatrical cut could only be 2 1/2 hours long so be it, but I hope at least Snyder shot every frame of the graphic novel to be released on DVD at some point. I know we're getting Black Freighter but I have a feeling the giant squid/artistry undercurrent and some of the more interesting scenes will still not make it. That's a shame.
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9:09PM on 03/08/2009
i thought it was a very good film. the beginning stifled a bit, feeling disjointed. but as the film was coming to the end, everything was wrapping up very well, and it ended very beautifully, even though i am a squid fan. either way, i dont think it could have been any better unless it was longer. if it was longer, the information we would have been given would have flowed a bit more smoothly as the characters would have been fleshed out completely within the story as opposed to being thrown at
i thought it was a very good film. the beginning stifled a bit, feeling disjointed. but as the film was coming to the end, everything was wrapping up very well, and it ended very beautifully, even though i am a squid fan. either way, i dont think it could have been any better unless it was longer. if it was longer, the information we would have been given would have flowed a bit more smoothly as the characters would have been fleshed out completely within the story as opposed to being thrown at us like their personalities were separate from the world they live in. either way, i loved the film.
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7:47PM on 03/08/2009
pretty good. i enjoyed it a lot. the ending was much much better sans squid. but i've never been a squid fan.
pretty good. i enjoyed it a lot. the ending was much much better sans squid. but i've never been a squid fan.
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5:02PM on 03/08/2009
LOVED IT! I have loved the GN since I first read it. Always lend it out to people to read and this was perfectly done and well cast. Exactly how I would have wanted it to be.

Looking forward to the Director's cut!
LOVED IT! I have loved the GN since I first read it. Always lend it out to people to read and this was perfectly done and well cast. Exactly how I would have wanted it to be.

Looking forward to the Director's cut!
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4:14PM on 03/08/2009

Not a failure

It just plane sucked. Sorry I'm one of the few who has already read the novel so why would I wanna go see the the exact same thing in theaters. Atleast the novel i could take a break from instead of being forced to watch it fro 3 long and slow hours. There is a reason Alan Moore wanted nothing to do with this film. The books own creator thought it sucked! I want a great adaptation like hearts of darkness into Apocalypse now, the shining. These books were completely transformed to work on the
It just plane sucked. Sorry I'm one of the few who has already read the novel so why would I wanna go see the the exact same thing in theaters. Atleast the novel i could take a break from instead of being forced to watch it fro 3 long and slow hours. There is a reason Alan Moore wanted nothing to do with this film. The books own creator thought it sucked! I want a great adaptation like hearts of darkness into Apocalypse now, the shining. These books were completely transformed to work on the screne. Watchmen was too slow and i gave up on it when i had watch the horrible acting of the chick who played Silk Spectre 2 sorry i don't remember her name it's because i don't care. And last but not least was it really necessary to force me to stare at a big blue cock for that long?
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2:46PM on 03/08/2009

DeejayForte

I agree.

The movie was faithful, easy to follow and visually stunning. It's not perfect but it's far from a failure.
I agree.

The movie was faithful, easy to follow and visually stunning. It's not perfect but it's far from a failure.
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1:27PM on 03/08/2009
Fanboys are just being pissy because Snyder had to cut or change certain aspects of the film to make time constraints. They are not being grateful enough in my opinion, because- this could have easily been raped by Michael Bay or turned into something like AVP. I feel like people just sign on to complain. I'm very grateful the movie followed the novel with changes that atleast coexsist with the overall main theme.

Just be fucking happy, stop whining :)
Fanboys are just being pissy because Snyder had to cut or change certain aspects of the film to make time constraints. They are not being grateful enough in my opinion, because- this could have easily been raped by Michael Bay or turned into something like AVP. I feel like people just sign on to complain. I'm very grateful the movie followed the novel with changes that atleast coexsist with the overall main theme.

Just be fucking happy, stop whining :)
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11:20AM on 03/08/2009
10/10 for people who have read the comic 7/10 for others. I dont care what anyone says, the movie was beautiful. I read these books like 10 years ago, and never thought it would become a movie. Great graphic novel by far, however I thought the squid was cheasy even for the time, I thought Snyders ending was alot more clever. the transition to film wouldnt work anyways, no one that read the book, would understand that. Music was faithfull even if it seemed out of place. The acting to me was top
10/10 for people who have read the comic 7/10 for others. I dont care what anyone says, the movie was beautiful. I read these books like 10 years ago, and never thought it would become a movie. Great graphic novel by far, however I thought the squid was cheasy even for the time, I thought Snyders ending was alot more clever. the transition to film wouldnt work anyways, no one that read the book, would understand that. Music was faithfull even if it seemed out of place. The acting to me was top notch, well as special effects, cinematography, etc... I have to say, my favorite part was the opening credits, best opening credits ever! It definitely grabs you in, and sets the expectations for this fucked up world your about to devulge into. I know theres going to be alot of close minded people that never read a comic in there life that will never get this movie. So I expected alot of bad reviews. This movie was more for the fanboys, then anyone else.
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5:45AM on 03/08/2009

Good movie!

You know what.

I understand some of the negative reviews of the movie, but to say that "Watchmen" was a failure is somewhat absurd. It's just a damn hard book to adapt and from what I saw, Zach did a good job at capturing it.

I give the movie an 8.5; maybe a 9. It's a well done movie. The pacing is off, but that's due to the narrative of the book.
You know what.

I understand some of the negative reviews of the movie, but to say that "Watchmen" was a failure is somewhat absurd. It's just a damn hard book to adapt and from what I saw, Zach did a good job at capturing it.

I give the movie an 8.5; maybe a 9. It's a well done movie. The pacing is off, but that's due to the narrative of the book.
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4:19AM on 03/08/2009
Thank you, Call me Indiana, for pointing out that the songs were ALL lifted directly out of the graphic novel. I'm getting so tired of everyone saying the songs were a bad choice. Snyder didn't choose the songs, he plucked them straight from the pages, so get over it.

I loved the film. Just saw it for a second time, and brought the wife. She hasn't read the graphic novel but she loved the movie! That's really saying something because its hard to make a 3-hour adaptation of a 400-page,
Thank you, Call me Indiana, for pointing out that the songs were ALL lifted directly out of the graphic novel. I'm getting so tired of everyone saying the songs were a bad choice. Snyder didn't choose the songs, he plucked them straight from the pages, so get over it.

I loved the film. Just saw it for a second time, and brought the wife. She hasn't read the graphic novel but she loved the movie! That's really saying something because its hard to make a 3-hour adaptation of a 400-page, extremely dense comic book enjoyable to those unfamiliar with the source.

I thought the sex scenes were appropriate and intimate. Snyder may be the only director who knows how to use sex. In 300, the sex scene showed how much Leonidas loved his wife and how passionate and equal they were. In WATCHMEN, the sex scene on Archie lacked grace and depth for a reason...to show that it was done only out of thrill and adrenaline-filled excitement. Of course, there were way too many 15 year old boys in the theater laughing loudly EVERY time someone was naked on screen. "Boobs! Penis! Hahahaha!!!!" Seriously?

One complaint: Why did Snyder make Rorschach so violent? In the book, he chains the girl-killer guy up, gives him a saw, lights the house on fire and walks away. I guess Snyder thought audiences would think it was too much like SAW...still, cleaving the guy's skull? I love violence in films if it is important to the story, but this was grossly excessive and unnecessary to his character. Bad form...

Otherwise, amazing film. Can't wait for the extended cut.
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3:17AM on 03/08/2009

Watchmen MELTDOWN!

Watchmen was a let down as it only really considered the characters rather than the whole concept of the story itself, that said the music selection was POOR and screenplay was just not right for something like this!!
Overall WAIT FOR THIS TO COME TO DVD!!
Watchmen was a let down as it only really considered the characters rather than the whole concept of the story itself, that said the music selection was POOR and screenplay was just not right for something like this!!
Overall WAIT FOR THIS TO COME TO DVD!!
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1:21AM on 03/08/2009

Take it as it is

I love the Watchmen Comic and I believe the film cannot be compared to the comic. There is only one way to describe how I feel.

Moby Dick is considered the greatest american novel of all time. It has been adapted several times to film. The book is a subtle tale about god, man and mans passion. Everything in the book represents something and every character plays a role in the devine tale in a subtle way. The film was a literal adaptation where they just go out and kill a whale. For any film
I love the Watchmen Comic and I believe the film cannot be compared to the comic. There is only one way to describe how I feel.

Moby Dick is considered the greatest american novel of all time. It has been adapted several times to film. The book is a subtle tale about god, man and mans passion. Everything in the book represents something and every character plays a role in the devine tale in a subtle way. The film was a literal adaptation where they just go out and kill a whale. For any film maker, it is imposibe to translate the authors intent to screen. Its imposibe. You can make an okay action movie but nothing compared to the novel.

The same thing is true for the Watchmen. The Graphic novel was about absolute trust in any authority and how, in the real world, it would be imposible for these men to weild power justly. The film doesnt hint at it at all. Its just a decent action movie that tries to be smarter than it is.

The right way to adapt this particular novel is to go a completely diffrent direction. Think about the original Frankenstein. When you take the source material and use it as a skeloten, you get a better film. When you try to adapt it literally, like in the nineties with Deniro, you get crap.

The Watchmen will make money now but will not be remembered in five years.
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10:12PM on 03/07/2009
****SPOILER ALERT****

Ok the movie was a solid B- to me due to some key aspects of the novel being left out that do actually make the world more of a real world experience with the regular people on the streets that brings the watchmen universe more down to earth for us. That was extremely disappointing indeed. The poetic values of the movie were stricken out of it.

This movie COULD have been truly realized correctly if they had two parted the movie or even three parted it just to get
****SPOILER ALERT****

Ok the movie was a solid B- to me due to some key aspects of the novel being left out that do actually make the world more of a real world experience with the regular people on the streets that brings the watchmen universe more down to earth for us. That was extremely disappointing indeed. The poetic values of the movie were stricken out of it.

This movie COULD have been truly realized correctly if they had two parted the movie or even three parted it just to get EVERYTHING in that made the novel exactly what it was meant to be. I understand why moore would be disgusted to watch them taint his TRUE poetic masterpiece.

The movie was good, just not a MASTERPIECE!!! In this sense The Dark Knight was a much better MOVIE, not just comic book movie but good enough film in itself to piss many of us off for not making the Oscar cut. Technically from editing to PACING even 300 was better and Sin City, but this had more of a damned if u do and damned if u don't aspect of it. No matter what was omitted Snyder would have failed someone somewhere, but this movie did have real nice visuals. Without the cool visuals and sets the movie would have been average at best.

The monologue that is supposed to be the one that shuts down all monologues was cut down which ruined a little of the experience for me. Dark Knight NEVER dragged and just had a better put screen play. The comic had more time to develop characters but would have made the movie 4 to 5 hours long. Nobody in the movie is just as captivating as The Joker was so from here on out, let's just not compare the two anymore like I have done so well, LOL...

I HATED the musical choice in watchmen which just didn't fit and felt out of place at many times, it needed a SCORE. I enjoyed the movie for what it did get right but also was disappointed for what it didn't. I honestly feel that they should have done volume 1 and 2 like kill bill to NAIL this sucker just right. B- yet again but good attempt, just not a masterpiece of an achievement. I think I understand why Moore wanted nothing to do with this due to many aspects of his story being tainted by time constraints and not truly being poetically realized. He knew they would never get it right and he knew why he wrote what he wrote twenty years ago for a reason.

The Joker's make up and style of how they chose to go about him tells you how seriously they took that piece of work where as if you look at Nixon's make up in Watchmen,you know there was some parody aspect to it that made him so unbelievable that it was annoying. It felt like a joke every time I saw him. Just wasn't taken seriously enough. The movie was confused on weather it wanted to be serious or a great big Joke poking fun at the original Novel it came from.

If I had never read the Book then this review would be absolutely different. Maybe better or worse but as I have read the book, I'm split down the middle. Only one phenomenal performance which was meant to shine even better with the Rorshauck bit, but they nullified a piece that could have been very promising and mentally engaging. Honestly this movie should have been TWO PARTS!!!!! As it rests it was good even maybe great but not a Masterpiece like the book and nowhere near it on many levels.
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9:53PM on 03/07/2009

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Zack Synder has constantly stated that the squid would have taken 25 minutes to explain in the film ending, and he would have had to sacrifice character moments. But I refused to believe this, considering Adrian's wordy explanation of his plan in the book, and how long it takes one to read it, can't be too sure, precisely. But then there is the motion comic..
A full visual moving version of the comic, in detail. How to disprove Synder's theory: one merely has to time the motion comic. Which of
Zack Synder has constantly stated that the squid would have taken 25 minutes to explain in the film ending, and he would have had to sacrifice character moments. But I refused to believe this, considering Adrian's wordy explanation of his plan in the book, and how long it takes one to read it, can't be too sure, precisely. But then there is the motion comic..
A full visual moving version of the comic, in detail. How to disprove Synder's theory: one merely has to time the motion comic. Which of course, with excellent pacing, takes Adrian's exact words about his precise plan about 5 minutes to play out. Not even 20.
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9:01PM on 03/07/2009

This is probably the last big budget R rated superhero movie we will see for a long time

I love the movie, but I saw it Friday in a big theater in L.A. and it was barely half full. I just think in the studios eyes this movie will be seen as a failure because of the weekend box office total.
I love the movie, but I saw it Friday in a big theater in L.A. and it was barely half full. I just think in the studios eyes this movie will be seen as a failure because of the weekend box office total.
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8:56PM on 03/07/2009

This is probably the last big budget R rated superhero movie we will see for a long time

I love the movie, but I saw it Friday in a big theater in L.A. and it was barely half full. I just think in the studios eyes this movie will be seen as a failure because of the weekend box office total.
I love the movie, but I saw it Friday in a big theater in L.A. and it was barely half full. I just think in the studios eyes this movie will be seen as a failure because of the weekend box office total.
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8:30PM on 03/07/2009

9/10

I thought this was probably the best you could do with the material. Zack Snyder streamlined the script nicely: kept what had to be kept and tossed what could be tossed.

Yeah, Malin Ackerman (?) was a little flat as Silk Spectre II but everyone else was note-perfect. Yes, Jackie Earle Haley deserves an Oscar nomination.
I thought this was probably the best you could do with the material. Zack Snyder streamlined the script nicely: kept what had to be kept and tossed what could be tossed.

Yeah, Malin Ackerman (?) was a little flat as Silk Spectre II but everyone else was note-perfect. Yes, Jackie Earle Haley deserves an Oscar nomination.
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7:42PM on 03/07/2009
I thought it was ok, good, not great. Someone actually fell asleep in the (packed out) cinema I saw it out. He started snoring pretty loud and everyone laughed. Everyone laughed at the blue sausage EVERY single time it was on screen too.
I thought it was ok, good, not great. Someone actually fell asleep in the (packed out) cinema I saw it out. He started snoring pretty loud and everyone laughed. Everyone laughed at the blue sausage EVERY single time it was on screen too.
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7:12PM on 03/07/2009

agree with VegaDemonLord

The film absolutely blew me away. I'm a huge fan of the book though. I'll definitely take it in again probably two more times in theaters. And I agree with VegaDemonLord that it's very obvious from talking to people who didn't like it and reading comments that if you didn't like it, it doesn't mean it's a bad movie it just means you didn't GET IT. And that's okay. I don't get everything people go crazy for (Harry Potter and Twilight definitely top the list) but that doesn't mean I don't think
The film absolutely blew me away. I'm a huge fan of the book though. I'll definitely take it in again probably two more times in theaters. And I agree with VegaDemonLord that it's very obvious from talking to people who didn't like it and reading comments that if you didn't like it, it doesn't mean it's a bad movie it just means you didn't GET IT. And that's okay. I don't get everything people go crazy for (Harry Potter and Twilight definitely top the list) but that doesn't mean I don't think some of the Harry Potter films don't have some nice filmmaking going on. It just means its not my cup of tea.

But WOW what a great film! I wish there were more Superhero films that delved into adult themes and philosophy etc. It was absolutely fascinating to watch. Thematically the Watchmen hardly even touches on the more cliched ideas like good vs. evil and what they mean, it goes WAAAAAAY beyond that to the meaning of life and the purpose of humanity at its core. Incredible.

And the fight scenes were so good. Some of my favorite fight sequences done in a film ever.

And Malin struggles with her acting but...whew what a booty! Meow!
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6:24PM on 03/07/2009
After discussing it with my friend who had introduced me to the graphic novel, he mentioned something that I had compltetely forgotten about up to that point. Most, if not all, of the songs in the flick are referenced in the book. Even "99 Luftballons", if memory serves. That made the movie even more awesome. I can't wait to go see it again.

And I agree that Jackie Earle Haley deserves an Oscar.
After discussing it with my friend who had introduced me to the graphic novel, he mentioned something that I had compltetely forgotten about up to that point. Most, if not all, of the songs in the flick are referenced in the book. Even "99 Luftballons", if memory serves. That made the movie even more awesome. I can't wait to go see it again.

And I agree that Jackie Earle Haley deserves an Oscar.
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5:52PM on 03/07/2009
I absolutely loved it.

At this point, reading some of the reviews, I've come to a conclusion:
Those who didn't like it, didn't get it.

Watchmen has, is, and always will be more than the sum of its parts, and I'm glad Snyder managed to carry that to the big screen. I didn't even like 300, so I went in with pretty fair to low expectations. It was just amazing.
I absolutely loved it.

At this point, reading some of the reviews, I've come to a conclusion:
Those who didn't like it, didn't get it.

Watchmen has, is, and always will be more than the sum of its parts, and I'm glad Snyder managed to carry that to the big screen. I didn't even like 300, so I went in with pretty fair to low expectations. It was just amazing.
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5:22PM on 03/07/2009
Does Jackie Earle Haley need to die before somone nominates him for an Oscar???

GIVE HIM AN OSCAR !!!!!!
Does Jackie Earle Haley need to die before somone nominates him for an Oscar???

GIVE HIM AN OSCAR !!!!!!
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3:39PM on 03/07/2009

Loved it way better than 300

I went into this movie, never having read the graphic movie. I was just looking to be entertained and this movie did it for me. I saw 300 on blu ray, and I thought that movie was way over hyped. So I was a little worried about Watchmen hoping it wasn't all substance. I loved all the characters, the story it didn't feel that long to me I wanted the movie to keep going.
I went into this movie, never having read the graphic movie. I was just looking to be entertained and this movie did it for me. I saw 300 on blu ray, and I thought that movie was way over hyped. So I was a little worried about Watchmen hoping it wasn't all substance. I loved all the characters, the story it didn't feel that long to me I wanted the movie to keep going.
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2:12PM on 03/07/2009
I thought it was a pretty enjoyable movie. It had some great performances, and some pretty bad acting as well.
But even though I enjoyed it, I don't see it having mass appeal. And leaving the theatre I heard many comments that seemed to confirm that. Most people were saying it was "okay", "different", or "weird".
I thought it was a pretty enjoyable movie. It had some great performances, and some pretty bad acting as well.
But even though I enjoyed it, I don't see it having mass appeal. And leaving the theatre I heard many comments that seemed to confirm that. Most people were saying it was "okay", "different", or "weird".
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2:09PM on 03/07/2009

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Over all i'd say it's a 9/10

I dug it, for the most part, well except for that chick playing Silk...she was so flat. (in more ways than one)

sure, she seems to be good eye candy but that shouldn't be the basis to be cast.

and YES I felt that the film strayed away a bit from the character soul that the book has, this film has more action soul.

I'd see it again, but all in all it comes down to this person whom is supposed to be the Doc's glue to the world. to humanity and buddy,
Over all i'd say it's a 9/10

I dug it, for the most part, well except for that chick playing Silk...she was so flat. (in more ways than one)

sure, she seems to be good eye candy but that shouldn't be the basis to be cast.

and YES I felt that the film strayed away a bit from the character soul that the book has, this film has more action soul.

I'd see it again, but all in all it comes down to this person whom is supposed to be the Doc's glue to the world. to humanity and buddy, she can't sell it. I didn't buy that she was the glue. I wonder if this is really Hanna Montanna staring as Silk..because that's how she acts.

other than that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would have been. everything was great, not EPICALY AWESOME but great, some interesting action shots...and I liked the new ending. As one had said, it was refreshing.

But I regonize this not to be something as a subsitute for the book. That it is it's own stand alone thing.

so that's why (in few words) it gets a 9/10
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2:03PM on 03/07/2009

???

I don't know what some peoples problems are, I thought it was fantastic.
It's probably not gonna make Dark Knight $$$ but I hope it gets the props it deserves.
I don't know what some peoples problems are, I thought it was fantastic.
It's probably not gonna make Dark Knight $$$ but I hope it gets the props it deserves.
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11:56AM on 03/07/2009

Watchcrap

Well if you didn't mind that the movie was way too long, hardly had any action sequences, horrible acting, way tooo many blue member views and no real plot. You probably don't watch too many movies. This was crap. It will lose at least 50% of it's audience next week.
Well if you didn't mind that the movie was way too long, hardly had any action sequences, horrible acting, way tooo many blue member views and no real plot. You probably don't watch too many movies. This was crap. It will lose at least 50% of it's audience next week.
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11:46AM on 03/07/2009

Pro's and Con's

I've read the novel many times, and here's the good things and bad things about the movie.

Pros:

The Title Sequence. HOLY F***! Zack Snyder put his slow-motion fetish to good use and turned the introduction into an amazing year book that took pictures from the Under The Hood and other moments and brought them to life.

The Soundtrack. It all worked out, even that MCR cover at the end -- with exception to hearing Leonard Cohen during a slow motion sex scene. Snyder loves his slow motion
I've read the novel many times, and here's the good things and bad things about the movie.

Pros:

The Title Sequence. HOLY F***! Zack Snyder put his slow-motion fetish to good use and turned the introduction into an amazing year book that took pictures from the Under The Hood and other moments and brought them to life.

The Soundtrack. It all worked out, even that MCR cover at the end -- with exception to hearing Leonard Cohen during a slow motion sex scene. Snyder loves his slow motion sex.

Rorschach. There was less of the interrogation than in the book, but Jackie Earle Haley nailed this character perfectly. Absolute translation.

The Ending. I may catch some flak for this, but after reading the same ending about 10 times...a different one was incredibly refreshing. And they made it make sense.

CONS:

Bubastis. I love the little bugger, but either put him around more often, or not at all. He shows up for the last 20 minutes, and I heard some people go "WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT THING!?"

Malin Akerman. The chick can't act. When I was watching her scenes it felt like she was on the sitcom set of a Disney movie. Not a fan.

Slow motion. With the exception of the opening credits, there didn't need to be slow motion every time someone jumped or broke a bone.

Hollis Mason. I think I saw him like...twice? Bad times.

Ozymandias. He needed to say "I DID IT!" -- and he had a little bit of a lisp...

All in all however, it felt like I was watching the book, and added little moments I hadn't expected...like dangly mob henchmen parts from ceilings, or a massive excess of blood.

Yay. 8/10
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11:22AM on 03/07/2009

Never read the Graphic Novel

I thought the movie was interesting, but it came off like a really expensive straight to video movie...
lame action, random sex scenes, out of place music, and bad plot easy to spot the bad guy.

oh well..
I thought the movie was interesting, but it came off like a really expensive straight to video movie...
lame action, random sex scenes, out of place music, and bad plot easy to spot the bad guy.

oh well..
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11:17AM on 03/07/2009

My Review

I thought this film was very good. Even though it doesn't live up to the original graphic novel, I must say, this film accomplished feats that seemed impossible.

The only problems I would say this film had were the old age make-up, some of the songs from the soundtrack were out of place. Specifically, they were "Sounds of Silence," "Flight of the Valkyries," "All Along the Watchtower," and especially "Hallelujah" during that awkward sex scene. I was disappointed that Hollis Mason got
I thought this film was very good. Even though it doesn't live up to the original graphic novel, I must say, this film accomplished feats that seemed impossible.

The only problems I would say this film had were the old age make-up, some of the songs from the soundtrack were out of place. Specifically, they were "Sounds of Silence," "Flight of the Valkyries," "All Along the Watchtower," and especially "Hallelujah" during that awkward sex scene. I was disappointed that Hollis Mason got shortchanged in the film. Also, I wasn't too big on the portrayal of Adrian Veidt. He came off as a bit of a wimp. I always saw him as a confident, charming, and ambitious man. Not necessarily stone-faced.

Now, the good. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jackie Earle Haley, and Patrick Wilson were all incredible in their roles. Billy Crudup was excellent as Osterman/Manhattan, and Malin Akerman didn't disappoint me like I thought she would have after reading some of the early reviews. I thought Snyder handled the violence perfectly. It was meant to be unpleasant, and there was nothing gratuitous or glorified in the violent acts committed in the film.

The best aspect of the movie is the look of it. All the set pieces fit perfectly, the costumes are terrific, etc. etc.

Overall, I really enjoyed this film, and I'm happy that Zack Snyder did the unthinkable and adapted this 'unfilmable' material to satisfying standards. If it were handled by a lesser director, God help them from all the rabid fans...
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9:10AM on 03/07/2009

It was...okay

I got caught up in the hype of a "blockbuster" film (much like I did with The Dark Knight) and honestly, it was a good movie.

Not a GREAT movie.

I'd watch it again.

Something I can't put my finger on was definitely off. The acting was fine, it was gory at certain points (kiddies love the gore, don't they?)and the visuals were pretty good, but something just wasn't there.
Maybe it's just me.
I got caught up in the hype of a "blockbuster" film (much like I did with The Dark Knight) and honestly, it was a good movie.

Not a GREAT movie.

I'd watch it again.

Something I can't put my finger on was definitely off. The acting was fine, it was gory at certain points (kiddies love the gore, don't they?)and the visuals were pretty good, but something just wasn't there.
Maybe it's just me.
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8:54AM on 03/07/2009

My Review

First and foremost, if you don't get that this an alternate 1985 where Nixon is still in power after finding a way to serve multiple terms, Vietnam has been won by superpowered beings, and superheroes are mythic but outlawed fugitives of the state--than you're a damn idiot and shouldn't even belong in a theater that deconstructs the superhero genre.

Like Moore's book adapted almost page by page by Zack Snyder, "Watchmen" is a psychological testament of heroism vs. vigilantism, with politics,
First and foremost, if you don't get that this an alternate 1985 where Nixon is still in power after finding a way to serve multiple terms, Vietnam has been won by superpowered beings, and superheroes are mythic but outlawed fugitives of the state--than you're a damn idiot and shouldn't even belong in a theater that deconstructs the superhero genre.

Like Moore's book adapted almost page by page by Zack Snyder, "Watchmen" is a psychological testament of heroism vs. vigilantism, with politics, sex, and violence thrown in for good measure. "Watchmen" has been hailed as one of the 100 books that You Must Read Before You Die and is also hailed as one of the top 25 graphic novels ever made.

The book has it's own pietistic cult following among comic-book store owners, geeks, and Hollywood elites. I happen to fall under the geek category and proudly accept that title.

I will say Zack Snyder is 3 for 3. He remade George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" and made a successful remake that still delves into how Americans are swept up in consumerism, commercialism, and industrialism--- it also dealt with the usual "zombie-lore" of 'Would you go to the length of killing your loved one or best friend if they were bitten?

Then, he made a page-by-page, panel-by-panel kick-ass adaptation of Frank Miller's "300" and now he has come to this state.

Zack Snyder, I give you my full-on jubilation. You adapted the most hardest adaptable book (over 20 years it has taken and been in 'development hell' in Hollywood circles and studios) and yet here you've made the impossible seem possible. You are the real Dr. Manhattan.

Everyone complaining about you being too stylized or you injected too much testosterone into this need to cool it. You had a blend of story and action; you can't tell me Paul Greengrass wouldn't stylize this movie if he was given it. He does that all the time with the "Bourne" movies in the fight scenes.

However, I did feel some song choices were out the place. Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A Changing" worked; "Along the Clocktower" worked too but KC & the Sunshine band blaring over the riot scene didn't work for me, neither did "99 Luftballoons" or Chemical Romance during the end credits doing an edgier, rockier Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row."

I also at times didn't like Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan. I found him to be too extraterrestrial; as if he was a better Klaatu then Keanau Reeves was in the remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still." I've always pictured Manhattan to sound like God; a thunderous voice not one that sounds so monotonous, so soporific that it almost sounds too animatronic. Maybe it was intentional to get the sense that Manhattan has chosen this new voice or way of speaking because he is so destitute to help others or find care and joy in the world that his voice must come off as that too. If that was the case than it is only minor for me.

Otherwise, everything and the cast works. Even Snyder's signature slow-mo but brutal fight sequences that are expanded out more than compared to the book's panels work. Each one is more bone-crunching and bloodspilling then the last one. (*SPOILER* I didn't miss the Giant Squid at the end but I did miss seeing Hollis Mason aka Night Owl 1 get killed. I also wish we could've got some scenes of Captain Metropolis and the Minutemen actually talking but oh well...)

Jackie Earle Haley IS Rorschach and if he isn't brought up next year for Oscar time than I say, "F.U. Academy!" Haley with his staidly deep voice makes Rorschach into a likeable sociopath. (Is that possible?) He takes on the decadence and grime with violence and wit.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian is also likeable despite he does bad things (which I won't give away so either SEE THE DAMN MOVIE or READ THE DAMN BOOK & THEN SEE THE MOVIE!)

Patrick Wilson IS Night Owl II. As Dan Drieberg/Night Owl II, he captures Dan's hopes and fears; his battles of divulging his darkest secrets (one including his sexual impotency and virginity). Carla Gugino as Silk Spectre I is sexy even in her sixties. Gugino should be in lace, lingere, and garters in every movie!
Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre II is cute and fetching.

Matthew Goode as Ozymandias held his own. In the scenes, where he unleashes upon our heroes is where the acting chops really flew out of him. Otherwise, in some scenes he comes off too "prettyboyish"; too much of a playboy and privileged brat for my tastes. Hell, the book made him out like that too.

All in all, I feel this, "The Dark Knight", and "Spider-Man" are the best superhero movies ever made. Even if you maybe didn't like this movie like I did the first time, I urge you to see a second time because your mood might shift to liking it more. I felt the only wee problems were the song choices and some of the line delivery but otherwise I felt it was enjoyable and well-adapted.

This as close we'll ever get to the perfection of Alan Moore; so fan-boys cool it. Maybe one day we'll get a remake of this, as we do with every other movie---good or bad. I personally think the director's cut will put all the people who didn't like it to rest and for all of us who really liked it, I plan to see it again, and hope you will too.
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7:10AM on 03/07/2009

regarding the songs ..

i have to repeat myself, the movie "could use just a few of them, as some of them I think were not suitable or needed"

it didn't matter which decade the songs were from (if u actually watched the movie, u should realise that they weren't all from the 1980s)
i have to repeat myself, the movie "could use just a few of them, as some of them I think were not suitable or needed"

it didn't matter which decade the songs were from (if u actually watched the movie, u should realise that they weren't all from the 1980s)
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6:02AM on 03/07/2009

Such a worthy failure

It wasn't as good as it should have been, but it was a lot better than it could have been. I wish Paul Greengrass had stayed on it - Jenna Busch makes a good point about Snyder being an action man, whereas the original book was more about story. I couldn't agree more. 300 is a different beast, and rather than being faithful to the source, Snyder has shown that he is a gifted 'OTT Fight' man. He should do a lot more Frank Miller, but stay away from Alan Moore from now on.
It wasn't as good as it should have been, but it was a lot better than it could have been. I wish Paul Greengrass had stayed on it - Jenna Busch makes a good point about Snyder being an action man, whereas the original book was more about story. I couldn't agree more. 300 is a different beast, and rather than being faithful to the source, Snyder has shown that he is a gifted 'OTT Fight' man. He should do a lot more Frank Miller, but stay away from Alan Moore from now on.
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5:55AM on 03/07/2009

Watchmen is bad ass

I can't get this movie out of my mind. It's literally stuck in my head and I don't know how to get it out.

An obsession is beginning to form... and I'm beginning to think this is a good thing.

And to the numb nuts out their who say that the music choices are bad in the film, I ask: What did you want, Joy Division? Maybe a little bit of Boy George? Not enough Bow Wow Wow? Or was it the lack of Duran Duran?

Seriously, how can you dog on the choices. The story is set in the 80's! What
I can't get this movie out of my mind. It's literally stuck in my head and I don't know how to get it out.

An obsession is beginning to form... and I'm beginning to think this is a good thing.

And to the numb nuts out their who say that the music choices are bad in the film, I ask: What did you want, Joy Division? Maybe a little bit of Boy George? Not enough Bow Wow Wow? Or was it the lack of Duran Duran?

Seriously, how can you dog on the choices. The story is set in the 80's! What do you want? Limp Bizkit.

Point Zack Snyder.
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4:43AM on 03/07/2009

Watchmen ROCKS SOLID HARD!

Cant believe this is snyder's 3rd movie. I thought the Dawn of the Dead was pretty cool, and 300 was alright but a bit ridiculous .. Watcmen however is giant leap above those two.

From the beginning, snyder immediately introduces the audience to the watchmen's world and history. People who arent aware of the book wont be left in a daze.
The pace was good and no fillers in between - I didnt realise 160 minutes had passed.

Visually spectacular - the costumes, sets, effects were
Cant believe this is snyder's 3rd movie. I thought the Dawn of the Dead was pretty cool, and 300 was alright but a bit ridiculous .. Watcmen however is giant leap above those two.

From the beginning, snyder immediately introduces the audience to the watchmen's world and history. People who arent aware of the book wont be left in a daze.
The pace was good and no fillers in between - I didnt realise 160 minutes had passed.

Visually spectacular - the costumes, sets, effects were great.
There were lot of songs used in the movie - could use just a few of them, as some of them I think were not suitable or needed.

The characters were brought to life brilliantly by all actors.
The action set pieces were good - Loved the prison scene!

This movie is brilliant - and no doubt , in part due to the source novel.
I havent read the novel in years, but thankfully so, because i wanted to watch the movie fresh without any expectations. And i felt rewarded for it.

Can't wait for the DVD special edition!!

10/10
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2:48AM on 03/07/2009
One word ... disapointed
One word ... disapointed
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1:56AM on 03/07/2009

Mesmerizing!

An incredible experience and one I plan on enjoying over and over again. A leap forward in how films are made!

10/10
An incredible experience and one I plan on enjoying over and over again. A leap forward in how films are made!

10/10
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1:55AM on 03/07/2009

Lol

I love how people rant about how things fell flat and how the music choices were inappropriate blah blah blah. I haven't read the book (started today), but I love me some comics and movies and movies about comics and I couldn't get enough of the movie. It was too long? Knowles got it right when even at almost 3 hours it seemed short! Snyder knows how to make shit work, I never looked at the screen and thought "Well that looks like garbage" and the music? I loved all the music, Hallelujah is one
I love how people rant about how things fell flat and how the music choices were inappropriate blah blah blah. I haven't read the book (started today), but I love me some comics and movies and movies about comics and I couldn't get enough of the movie. It was too long? Knowles got it right when even at almost 3 hours it seemed short! Snyder knows how to make shit work, I never looked at the screen and thought "Well that looks like garbage" and the music? I loved all the music, Hallelujah is one of my all time favorite songs and I had never heard the Leonard Cohen version and thought it was an amazing use of it. I knew the basics of the story (including the squid) and I welcomed the slight changes (and the big one too). I loved this movie and will go nuts if I don't see it again this week.
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1:40AM on 03/07/2009

FANTASTIC!!!

As a fan of the graphic novel, I thought the film was absolutely terrific. I was just astounded at how well done it was and I'm very excited to go see it again.

No squid? No problem. The story still has the same affect as it did in the comic. And to be honest, it was probably for the best that they left the squid out of the flick. I think it would have been difficult to pull off. But the substitute they used for the film, like I said, worked just as well.

Everything all around was
As a fan of the graphic novel, I thought the film was absolutely terrific. I was just astounded at how well done it was and I'm very excited to go see it again.

No squid? No problem. The story still has the same affect as it did in the comic. And to be honest, it was probably for the best that they left the squid out of the flick. I think it would have been difficult to pull off. But the substitute they used for the film, like I said, worked just as well.

Everything all around was solid. Flashbacks were put in at the right moments, the opening title sequence was brilliant, the visuals were stunning, the acting was terrific (although I will say Malin Ackerman was probably the weakest of the bunch, but still did a fair job I think) and the music choices were great.

One of the many things I liked so much about it was how much people who weren't familiar with the source material loved it, and got it! I saw it with a bunch of friends who had no prior knowledge about the graphic novel (other than what little I told them beforehand, which was pretty much that it's a deconstruction of the superhero) and they absolutely loved the flick and were talking about it afterward like they were well educated in the graphic novel. Now to pull that off, in my opinion, is a truly amazing feat. Well done, Mr. Snyder. And thank you!
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12:47AM on 03/07/2009
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!
Very very VERY good.
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!
Very very VERY good.
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11:44PM on 03/06/2009
The internets was created for people to complain on. Be happy it's atleast faithful to the comic and not a complete whore fuck like AVP.
The internets was created for people to complain on. Be happy it's atleast faithful to the comic and not a complete whore fuck like AVP.
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11:27PM on 03/06/2009

8.5-9.0 / 10

I've greatly hyping this movie since it was announced. I've read the comic and recently watched the Complete Motion Comic on blu-ray.

Compared to the comic book, it's only a 6/10. But I always watch a movie open-minded, as a stand alone. This is how I loved the film. The music is mixed well with the film. The action is great, and it doesn't even count up for 30% of the film. The best part about the film was, you guessed it, the story.

The story for the film is just about as amazing
I've greatly hyping this movie since it was announced. I've read the comic and recently watched the Complete Motion Comic on blu-ray.

Compared to the comic book, it's only a 6/10. But I always watch a movie open-minded, as a stand alone. This is how I loved the film. The music is mixed well with the film. The action is great, and it doesn't even count up for 30% of the film. The best part about the film was, you guessed it, the story.

The story for the film is just about as amazing as it was in the graphic novel. From the Comedian being killed to the big revielation at the end, Znyder puts the flash backs in the right spots and the character deveopment is still great.

For the acting, everyone did great, except for Silk Spectre. I still say she did good, but there are many faults in her performance.

If you want to watch the Watchmen, I suggest you go in there open minded and not try to compare the film to the graphic novel.
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11:17PM on 03/06/2009

8/10

Ok...here we go. Watchmen seems to be getting mixed reviews. I can see why though. This is a highly regarded adaptation of a phenomenal graphic novel/story. As a film, Watchmen stands proud and unique. When comparing the THEATRICAL cut (keep that in mind) there are some issues. This comes with any book-to-film deal. Forrest Gump differed greatly on screen than the book. But trust me it was for the best in that instance (In the book Forrest goes to space with a monkey and is a horny retard).
Ok...here we go. Watchmen seems to be getting mixed reviews. I can see why though. This is a highly regarded adaptation of a phenomenal graphic novel/story. As a film, Watchmen stands proud and unique. When comparing the THEATRICAL cut (keep that in mind) there are some issues. This comes with any book-to-film deal. Forrest Gump differed greatly on screen than the book. But trust me it was for the best in that instance (In the book Forrest goes to space with a monkey and is a horny retard). Anyway, Watchmen was certainly a story worth making a film out of. Though Zack Snyder just recently pissed me off at the premiere his talent (and his crews) really shines through in the film. The action in the film is very powerful and appropriately dispersed. Watchmen should not be considered a typical comic action film. There is real unique substance in the story. The characters in the book and film really show that. Billy Crudup (Dr. Manhattan), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Comedian), and Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach) were OUTSTANDING in their performances. Excellent casting props on that one. It was nice to have the characters as they seem in your imagination after reading the novel come across so perfect on screen (Ya I'm eyeballin you Harry fuckin Potter movies). I heard a bit about some weak CGI in the film. I would have to say over 90% (that you notice) of the visual effects in the film were executed very well. There were a couple bits that seemed lacking. Keep in mind folks, that often on big budget effects heavy movies like this that more than 1 SFX company will work on the same film. 1 company alone could not produce all that crazy shit in such a short amount of time. So maybe one SFX studio sucked a bit? The use of sex, gore, and violence in the film was great! If you are not into that kinda shit then go watch the gay Jonas Brothers 3D dingleberry movie. The Imax viewing experience, most notably the sound really helped make the film what it is. Its great to look at. Having read the novel I greatly missed the relationship between the newsstand vendor and his comic reading buddy. Of course that directly leads to The Black Freighter and it was a bummer not to see that (Although it will be on DVD in a week and in the Directors cut on DVD/Blu-Ray). There were other little bits here and there that would have been nice to see. Most especially some more on Rorshach's history and childhood. There is more to the story with the Psychiatrist that they left out of the movie But I can understand cutting that for the "theatrical" version. Some shit that did bother me was the goofy ass Richard Nixon character and Moloch's fucking ears. They made that shit to cartoonish thereby making the person look like a caricature. It's even more annoying when they made JFK look SO much like JFK (Forrest Gump again) but fuck up others. On a more positive note the music in the film was AWESOME. ESPECIALLY the opening slow mo sequence with Bob Dylan's "The times they are a changin". Some other popular songs were very well fitted in certain sequences as well. Overall the movie in my opinion was a success. I certainly would have rather watched the 3 hour 30 minute Directors Cut versus this 2 hour 45 minute theatrical cut, but I guess I can wait. I'd say all in all again as a film it was great. For those that hold the Watchmen novel sacred you are obviously going to have disappointments. But look at the bright side...this movie doesn't have fuckin Jar Jar Binks in it at least! GO SEE IT!
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10:57PM on 03/06/2009

6.5/10

I really loved the visuals and everything. However, the ending was absolutely terrible and the music didn't fit the movie at all.
I really loved the visuals and everything. However, the ending was absolutely terrible and the music didn't fit the movie at all.
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10:45PM on 03/06/2009
8/10

Visually amazing, well-acted, and will certainly stay with me for a while. It was far from perfect, but I'd see it again in a heartbeat.
8/10

Visually amazing, well-acted, and will certainly stay with me for a while. It was far from perfect, but I'd see it again in a heartbeat.
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10:02PM on 03/06/2009

very good

perfect ... no
faults ... yes
could it have gotten things any better, i really don't think so. i left feeling satisfied, excited, and happy that it wasn't necessarily a panel by panel adaptation. i felt the end result kept the tone and commentary everyone loved from the book. besides the crazy music cues, 9/10.

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perfect ... no
faults ... yes
could it have gotten things any better, i really don't think so. i left feeling satisfied, excited, and happy that it wasn't necessarily a panel by panel adaptation. i felt the end result kept the tone and commentary everyone loved from the book. besides the crazy music cues, 9/10.

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9:31PM on 03/06/2009

Good film

After just seeing the movie, i feel its about as good an adaptation that any film based on Watchmen could be, especially with the running time it had. Those true diehards that want everything can get the Extended Cut on DVD.
After just seeing the movie, i feel its about as good an adaptation that any film based on Watchmen could be, especially with the running time it had. Those true diehards that want everything can get the Extended Cut on DVD.
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8:50PM on 03/06/2009

Masterpiece?!?! noooo

Masterpiece...?
its a fact there are things that need to work to form a masterpiece not just the materialization of something as great as the graphic Novel actually making it to the Big Screen, Things have actually have to happen to label a film a masterpiece, dont just call it that cause there was lots of hype, amazing source and that fact that it made it to screen, tons of elements of the FILM just didnt work own up, its not a matter of opinion.
Masterpiece...?
its a fact there are things that need to work to form a masterpiece not just the materialization of something as great as the graphic Novel actually making it to the Big Screen, Things have actually have to happen to label a film a masterpiece, dont just call it that cause there was lots of hype, amazing source and that fact that it made it to screen, tons of elements of the FILM just didnt work own up, its not a matter of opinion.
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8:36PM on 03/06/2009
I thought it was really good and I enjoyed it very much. But it is definately a film with it's faults. Some of the music didn't fit at all during some of the scenes and ruined them somewhat. And the fighting seemed too Matrix-like at times and it felt like something out of place. But overall I thought it was probably the best adaptation possible of it. I cannot wait for the Directors Cut to be released to see all of the stuff they had to cut out due to time restraints.
I thought it was really good and I enjoyed it very much. But it is definately a film with it's faults. Some of the music didn't fit at all during some of the scenes and ruined them somewhat. And the fighting seemed too Matrix-like at times and it felt like something out of place. But overall I thought it was probably the best adaptation possible of it. I cannot wait for the Directors Cut to be released to see all of the stuff they had to cut out due to time restraints.
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8:13PM on 03/06/2009

Watchmen Review

Here's a link to my review of the film...it's way too long to post right here.

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Here's a link to my review of the film...it's way too long to post right here.

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8:08PM on 03/06/2009

Masterpiece.

Went Midnight IMAX. An adaptation beyond satisfying for those who read the graphic novel and an unforgettable movie experience whether you have or not.

Almost "Dark Knight"-greatness, but both films come very close as possible to perfection, in my opinion. Completely blown away, seeing it one or two more times before it leaves theatres.
Went Midnight IMAX. An adaptation beyond satisfying for those who read the graphic novel and an unforgettable movie experience whether you have or not.

Almost "Dark Knight"-greatness, but both films come very close as possible to perfection, in my opinion. Completely blown away, seeing it one or two more times before it leaves theatres.
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7:27PM on 03/06/2009

Good, not Great

While “Watchmen” is a film that I'd recommend, I would be lying if I said I wasn't slightly disappointed in it. All the elements in the book that I love are there, and all the performances where good (I actually thought Akerman did a good job, and really liked her in her scenes with Wilson), but in the end, this elements where just not mixed together properly to give us a great package like in the book.

I think my main complaint is that for an almost 3 hour movie it seems rushed. While the
While “Watchmen” is a film that I'd recommend, I would be lying if I said I wasn't slightly disappointed in it. All the elements in the book that I love are there, and all the performances where good (I actually thought Akerman did a good job, and really liked her in her scenes with Wilson), but in the end, this elements where just not mixed together properly to give us a great package like in the book.

I think my main complaint is that for an almost 3 hour movie it seems rushed. While the runtime does go by fast, the characters and events we see are not given proper time to breathe and soak in. By the last 40 minutes of the film, it’s just a total information overload. While this will probably be fixed in the upcoming “ultimate cut”, for now those that said “Watchmen” is unfilmable as a movie because of the vast amount of information and subplots in the book are proven somewhat right.

And also, a lot of the violence seemed forced and unnecessary to me. While I liked the expanded sex scene (I know call me a perv) a lot of the violence seemed way too gratuitous. My main problems where the fight between Laurie and Dan vs. the knot-tops (we didn’t need to see bones pooping there at all), and the different way that Rorschach disposed of Blair Roche’s killer (actually that scene may just be my biggest problem with the film, it’s just gore for the sake of gore; and isn’t the way that Rorschach disposed of him in the book much more gruesome, if less gory?). While I liked some of the added action/violence (beginning fight, prison fight), a lot of it just seemed forced and was just violence for violence’s sake.

As for the ending, I’ll go ahead and say it; the “McGuffin” in the film is MUCH more effective than the squid. Call me a blasphemer, but that is the one instance that they actually improved upon the source material. I do have a huge problem with the ending, and that is the completely unnecessary beating that Nite-Owl gives Ozymandias at the end. While I understand that Veidt sitting there and taking the beating signifies his “penance” for his crime, it just felt to me as yet more completely unnecessary violence. It was the “Hollywood” ending, “well he’s the bad guy so he’s gotta get his ass kicked at the end”. Whatever.

That said, the film was very impressive visually and while sometimes uneven does manage to cover the book’s storyline into its runtime fairly well. And I’m glad that the books epilogue was left intact. Overall, I was slightly disappointed, but I still like it and recommend it.

It gets a B from me.
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6:21PM on 03/06/2009

Overrated

All i have to say that, yes it was entertaining, but it totally Missed the Mark! as a WELL MADE movie

first overrated movie of the year
All i have to say that, yes it was entertaining, but it totally Missed the Mark! as a WELL MADE movie

first overrated movie of the year
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6:02PM on 03/06/2009
Loved the film, although it had it's flaws and I can see why people aren't liking it as much as others. That said, I still can't help but wonder what it would've been like with Aronofsky directing...
Loved the film, although it had it's flaws and I can see why people aren't liking it as much as others. That said, I still can't help but wonder what it would've been like with Aronofsky directing...
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5:59PM on 03/06/2009

mandingo

you bringing your date from the pic tonight or going solo?
you bringing your date from the pic tonight or going solo?
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5:53PM on 03/06/2009

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL TO FILM EVER!

Back when Watchmen came out I was a roomie with a fanboy who practically begged me to read this. And I did. I loved it. It was probably the most exciting thing I had read like that ever and thought it would make a great movie someday but technology just wasn't there to present it properly. Well, that day is here. A remarkably faithful adaptation and a visually exciting telling of a great piece of modern literature. Sure, there are a few liberties which really, in my opinion, had little
Back when Watchmen came out I was a roomie with a fanboy who practically begged me to read this. And I did. I loved it. It was probably the most exciting thing I had read like that ever and thought it would make a great movie someday but technology just wasn't there to present it properly. Well, that day is here. A remarkably faithful adaptation and a visually exciting telling of a great piece of modern literature. Sure, there are a few liberties which really, in my opinion, had little effect on the overall finished product. If you've never read the novel you probably will want to after seeing the movie. I for one will need to revisit it much like I did for Lord of the Rings to see just how much things were changed. I also cannot wait for the Director's Cut of this movie. I'm sure they could have added another hour or so which really would have taken it to another level but movie makers know that people can't hold their pee that long. I can truly recommend this movie.
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5:48PM on 03/06/2009

Watchmen Review

Best movie I've seen in a long time! Yes I've read the graphic novel and I have to say that the movie was as good if not better. The altered end in my opinion worked better than the original and actually made more sense. Only complaint I had and it was really a minor one, Comedian's full face mask was awesome in the book and felt it needed to be in the movie.
Best movie I've seen in a long time! Yes I've read the graphic novel and I have to say that the movie was as good if not better. The altered end in my opinion worked better than the original and actually made more sense. Only complaint I had and it was really a minor one, Comedian's full face mask was awesome in the book and felt it needed to be in the movie.
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5:33PM on 03/06/2009

i Like what i'm hearing so far

I'm seeing it tonight at 8 and I know that doesn't help anyone. But articles like this do. I wish you would do this with every halfway decent movie release. Glad to see everyone appreciating the Rorschach jail quote. Got that in 8x10 framed.
I'm seeing it tonight at 8 and I know that doesn't help anyone. But articles like this do. I wish you would do this with every halfway decent movie release. Glad to see everyone appreciating the Rorschach jail quote. Got that in 8x10 framed.
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5:28PM on 03/06/2009

Spoiler inside..sorta.

loved it. couldnt ask for much more. the only CHANGE i had any issue with was the rorshach kidnapper scene. i understand the motivation of the change, but the original ultimatum he gives the guy got the same message across albeit subtler emotionally.
Need to see it again on IMAX and really looking forward to seeing the Directors cut and then the ultimate with black freighter cut in. wonder if they will incorporate some of the side story lines that were obvious cuts for the theatrical, such as
loved it. couldnt ask for much more. the only CHANGE i had any issue with was the rorshach kidnapper scene. i understand the motivation of the change, but the original ultimatum he gives the guy got the same message across albeit subtler emotionally.
Need to see it again on IMAX and really looking forward to seeing the Directors cut and then the ultimate with black freighter cut in. wonder if they will incorporate some of the side story lines that were obvious cuts for the theatrical, such as the psychiatrist's story line in truly believing he can help walter and the effect that has on his marriage, or the riots leading up to the end and the murder of hollis.
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5:23PM on 03/06/2009

In the end...

i can understand the beefs hardcore watchmen fans have with the film and why they dont like it, but i think the film was very beneficial for film buffs who dont ever read comics but love movies. this finally unleashes a view on superheroes yet to be tapped by the film industry, and I thank Zack for keeping the theme of the film true.
i can understand the beefs hardcore watchmen fans have with the film and why they dont like it, but i think the film was very beneficial for film buffs who dont ever read comics but love movies. this finally unleashes a view on superheroes yet to be tapped by the film industry, and I thank Zack for keeping the theme of the film true.
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5:13PM on 03/06/2009
Movie was ok but forgettable. And i loved the book. I know it might sound stupid but what killed me the most was that i really felt like it was just taken right off the page. But is that really a complaint? It bothers me to say that. If they had changed it then I prob would have been mad.

And everyones argument about the ending, its still the same theme. And regarding why would Russia and other countries help us, because I think the writers felt if Dr. Manhattan can do that shit to America
Movie was ok but forgettable. And i loved the book. I know it might sound stupid but what killed me the most was that i really felt like it was just taken right off the page. But is that really a complaint? It bothers me to say that. If they had changed it then I prob would have been mad.

And everyones argument about the ending, its still the same theme. And regarding why would Russia and other countries help us, because I think the writers felt if Dr. Manhattan can do that shit to America it sort of felt like it was him against the world sort of thing. Idk. Movie was 7/10.

3 Points for Rorschach
1 Points for Malin Akerman's tits
1 Point for Imax
1 Point for Jailbreak scene
1 Point for opening montage
1 Point for The Comedian

-1 Dr. Manhattan blue dick lol
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4:57PM on 03/06/2009

Infuckingcredible

I went in intentionally lowering my expectations and baring the reviews I'd read in mind to soften the blow. Luckily, I was blown away and genuinely happy. For me, it was the best adaptation since LOTR. Like LOTR, I understood and agreed with the changes made to make THE MOVIE and not THE BOOK. Everything was top notch. People will dissect and pull their hair out over the this and that but that is again why I tend to feel unattached to my fellow geeks who will never be satisfied no matter what.
I went in intentionally lowering my expectations and baring the reviews I'd read in mind to soften the blow. Luckily, I was blown away and genuinely happy. For me, it was the best adaptation since LOTR. Like LOTR, I understood and agreed with the changes made to make THE MOVIE and not THE BOOK. Everything was top notch. People will dissect and pull their hair out over the this and that but that is again why I tend to feel unattached to my fellow geeks who will never be satisfied no matter what. That's their problem.
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4:44PM on 03/06/2009
Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars. I know he's gone the way of the nutty recently but I suppose that's saying something.

Anyway, I plan on seeing it tonight!
Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars. I know he's gone the way of the nutty recently but I suppose that's saying something.

Anyway, I plan on seeing it tonight!
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4:04PM on 03/06/2009

Awesome!!!

9/10
I don't know what the fuck it is you people want.
That shit was incredible. I wish it was 4 hours long.
"None of you seem to understand. I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with me."
- classic!
and that superhero karate shit they were doing was also awesome as well.
9/10
I don't know what the fuck it is you people want.
That shit was incredible. I wish it was 4 hours long.
"None of you seem to understand. I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with me."
- classic!
and that superhero karate shit they were doing was also awesome as well.
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3:11PM on 03/06/2009
Oh, and locRedux, it happened all over the world, not just one place.
Oh, and locRedux, it happened all over the world, not just one place.
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3:09PM on 03/06/2009
6/10. I agree with a lot of the original JoBlo review. I felt there wasn't any emotion or feeling in the movie. The emotion was sacrificed in the desire to get everything to look like the book and to reproduce the scenes from the book without having any of the feelings from the book bleed through as well. I keep telling people, I liken it to a Shakespearean play put on by people that just recently learned how to speak English; the effort is there, but the feeling is lost because of lack of
6/10. I agree with a lot of the original JoBlo review. I felt there wasn't any emotion or feeling in the movie. The emotion was sacrificed in the desire to get everything to look like the book and to reproduce the scenes from the book without having any of the feelings from the book bleed through as well. I keep telling people, I liken it to a Shakespearean play put on by people that just recently learned how to speak English; the effort is there, but the feeling is lost because of lack of understanding of the medium.
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2:35PM on 03/06/2009

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saw it at midnight it was good 7.5. It's a shame that the dark knight has risen the bar so high. the ending though is what killed it why would russia and the rest of the world help after our american superman turned on us and killed millions. wouldnt the russians just capitlize off that and destroy us. it was a decent change but after i thought about it just didnt make sense. at least with the threat of an alien invasion in the comic it made sense why the rest of the world come togather.
saw it at midnight it was good 7.5. It's a shame that the dark knight has risen the bar so high. the ending though is what killed it why would russia and the rest of the world help after our american superman turned on us and killed millions. wouldnt the russians just capitlize off that and destroy us. it was a decent change but after i thought about it just didnt make sense. at least with the threat of an alien invasion in the comic it made sense why the rest of the world come togather.
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2:20PM on 03/06/2009
I'm completely agree with Jenna's review
I'm completely agree with Jenna's review
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2:08PM on 03/06/2009

sweet

just a straight up bad ass bloody graphic comic book movie
and thought provoking to...if your into that sort of thing
definitely lived up to the hype
just a straight up bad ass bloody graphic comic book movie
and thought provoking to...if your into that sort of thing
definitely lived up to the hype
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1:45PM on 03/06/2009

Awesome

i got the chance to see watchmen on monday. ive never read the comic, ive always wanted to but i figured i should see the movie first so i dont get upset if the movies different. i loved the movie. i would have liked to see a different ending but i enjoyed it anyway and i plan on reading the comic soon
i got the chance to see watchmen on monday. ive never read the comic, ive always wanted to but i figured i should see the movie first so i dont get upset if the movies different. i loved the movie. i would have liked to see a different ending but i enjoyed it anyway and i plan on reading the comic soon
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1:33PM on 03/06/2009
Saw it last night and I have no complaints whatsoever.

that said, the "where's the fucking squid" pic cracked me up.
Saw it last night and I have no complaints whatsoever.

that said, the "where's the fucking squid" pic cracked me up.
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1:18PM on 03/06/2009

I'm not on the Internet with you...Your on the Internet with ME!

The Watchmen was FUCKING AWESOME! There were subtle changes, extended scenes, and pieces of conversations that were missing, but it just made for a more enjoyable film version while leaving the book as the still quintessential complete story, which is the way it should be. Respect and delight but don’t overshadow the original piece of work. I cried a litle. Not like a baby, but I got the single tear rolling down my face moment during one part I won't disclose, and it was sweet.

The
The Watchmen was FUCKING AWESOME! There were subtle changes, extended scenes, and pieces of conversations that were missing, but it just made for a more enjoyable film version while leaving the book as the still quintessential complete story, which is the way it should be. Respect and delight but don’t overshadow the original piece of work. I cried a litle. Not like a baby, but I got the single tear rolling down my face moment during one part I won't disclose, and it was sweet.

The characters are so fucking true to the comic it blows your mind. I literally can’t pick a favorite. The comedian was perfect, Rorschach was fucking Rorschach, and Manhattan is beautiful. Same as Nite Owl, Silk, and Ozy. Kudos to Snyder. If this film doesn’t solidify him as an A+ director then fuck everybody who says he's not.

Two personal surprises were that 1. Adrian Veidt doesn’t suck…in fact, he kicks fucking ass and 2. Nite-owl, while still remaining impotent and pent up like the comics, takes his “in-suit” persona to a whole new level of awesome making me totally re-evaluate the way I felt towards his comic book counterpart.

Awesome, truly awesome. A near perfect adaptation. Can’t wait for the Black Freighter induced version. I will be seeing this film again, in the theater, it’s that good.

P.S. The blue dick is way over hyped. It’s there, but it’s not distracting unless you’re an idiot.
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1:17PM on 03/06/2009

hmmmm

Dr Mark Kermode said Watchmen was "boring" and he tends to be right on this sort of thing.
I'm still gonna watch it though.
Dr Mark Kermode said Watchmen was "boring" and he tends to be right on this sort of thing.
I'm still gonna watch it though.
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1:02PM on 03/06/2009

What happened to the American Dream? It came true.

I won’t go into to many plot details here for those who have never read the comic book, so I won’t ruin anything for you.Though, for the purists, the ending diverges from the source material, it keeps it's spirit, and I felt was better suited cinematically.

Watchmen. Watchmen. So much hype has surrounded this film, the internet has been rife with opinions, and nerdgasms, and excitement. I decided to go see the midnight premier last night, I went by myself, though I was far from alone. I am
I won’t go into to many plot details here for those who have never read the comic book, so I won’t ruin anything for you.Though, for the purists, the ending diverges from the source material, it keeps it's spirit, and I felt was better suited cinematically.

Watchmen. Watchmen. So much hype has surrounded this film, the internet has been rife with opinions, and nerdgasms, and excitement. I decided to go see the midnight premier last night, I went by myself, though I was far from alone. I am pretty sure the entire unwashed nerd community of Jacksonville turned up in my theater last night, which took away from my viewing experience a little bit. I knew this was a movie that would drag them out of their anti-social hovels so they could keep their dork-cred, but I figured they would have a little respect for the deeper meanings of the film. Of course I was mistaken. I’m going to go see it again, possibly with a few friends once it has been out for a while and there will be less of a crowd. But I wanted to get down my first impressions this morning while they still linger.

This movie is, in a way, prophetic, frightening, exciting, disgusting, disturbing, and hopeful. Yes, hopeful. For those who’ve been under rocks for the past 2 months, here is the basic premise. It is 1985, not the 1985 I was born into that we remember, but the 1985 of some twisted parallel universe where Nixon is running the country during a fifth term, and masked heroes were real. I say “were” because after about 40 years of heroes, the public turned against them and Nixon outlawed them. These aren’t people with superpowers (with the exception of one Dr. Manhattan), these are people with great training, dedication, and access to enough money and gadgets to give them a leading edge in crime fighting. But their day has been gone for sometime, and we come into a world where the Nuclear Doomsday Clock is set 5 minutes to midnight as the US and USSR face-off over Afgahnistan (remember that?) and one of the last heroes, the Comedian, has been murdered. Which leads the hero remnants to begin an investigation the brings their (not-so) secret society’s history full circle, and leads to the discovery of something far worse.

The title of this page is combo quote between Patrick Wilson’s Nightowl and Jeffery Dean Morgan’s Comedian, during a violent riot in one of the flashback scenes of the film. To me it captures the essence of the entire movie, and speaks bitingly to our time. This movie is pregnant with real world implications, I wonder if anyone else in the audience left last night wondering what our clocks are set to. Yet at the same time, depite it’s catastrophic conclusion, there is a sense of recovery at the end, something I think Obama has been trying to get through to us in our own world. Yes we face horrible times ahead, yes it is possible that humanity is about to go through the crucible, and not everyone will come out on the other side, but when it’s over, those left standing will be stronger, and more willing to fix the mistakes that lead us here, we hope.

That is the message I took from this movie. That message alone is enough to want me to see it again. But wait, there’s more.

The direction and style of this movie is nearly immaculate. It totally immerses you into it’s world and never manages to loose itself, something I feel that “The Dark Knight” and “Lord of the Rings” both did towards the end, not to take away my love of those films, but I’ll easily admit their flaws. My biggest issue with Watchmen is Carla Gugino (Silk Spectre II), who it’s seems wouldn’t be able to act her way out of a cardboard box. Most of her lines are delivered with such a flat earnestness and disingenuousness that I had a hard time appreciating her particular predicament. One thing I can say positively for her is that what she lacks in her lines, she makes up for in her screen presence. She is able to pull off the poise, beauty, and physical prowess of Silk Spectre II, she just couldn’t convince me of the character’s emotional reality. Jeffery Dean Morgan is excellent, managing to instill both pity and absolute disgust with his character the Comedian, there is an attempted rape scene with him, that is so horrifying, so brutal and disgusting, that it disturbed me more than any of the rest of the violence in this movie, and there is some major violence, some really gross instances, but the inhumanity of that sexual violence shook me the most. This was the point where I wanted to walk out, not just because of the scene, but because of the audiences' reaction it. People giggled, someone in front of me said "teach that bitch a lesson". I realized that this audience came for spectacle, and they got thier fill, they love violence the way Romans loved the Coliseum. I don't mind violence in a movie, but it has to have point. There was no pointless violence in Watchemn, just people who didn't get the point.

Matthew Goode, who I admired and pitied with as the unlucky husband in “Imagine Me and You” brings us Ozzymandias, the world’s smartest man, and delivers each line with the self-assuredness of the ego maniac that he is, and totally makes him believable. Billy Cruddup shines as Dr. Manhattan, the only superpowered individual. Dr. M’s accident which gave him his powers also removed his humanity, not in an evil way, but in an [link] way. Yes he’s blue, and yes he’s naked (with matching blue penis) for most of the movie, but looking into those shining fathomless eyes is both truly frightening and awe inspiring, and his coldly delivered lines went to the core of me. Rorshach, played by Jackie Earle Haley is a realist to a fault. His brutality is the only one explained, and in the movie, as in the comic book source, it is hard to fault him. Patrick Wilson as Nightowl is perfect. Outside his costume he is nerdy, bumbling, shy, kind, and endearing. In the cape and cowl he is strong, self-assured, good, and a great fighter. Wilson manages to bring a great humility to his role, and is possibly the perfect embodiment of his comic book counter part.

All in all, this movie is excellent. I recommend it to everyone, and just ask that you look beyond the spectacle, and let it's substance overwhelm you as it overwhelmed me.
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12:40PM on 03/06/2009

8/10

Loved the visuals and the film, but there's some things I don't dig:
-Janey Slater in the TV studio
-The girl playing Janey Slater's performance
-Fighting scenes were brutal, ok, but too 'martial-artsie'. Don't like Rorschach throwing ninja kicks.
-Too long sex scene
-Nite Owl & Silk Spectre seem to allow Rorschach to go to the Big Figure with a smile on their faces. In the comic they don't even know Big Figure's in the toilet
-They never showed you where Laurie got the gun in the
Loved the visuals and the film, but there's some things I don't dig:
-Janey Slater in the TV studio
-The girl playing Janey Slater's performance
-Fighting scenes were brutal, ok, but too 'martial-artsie'. Don't like Rorschach throwing ninja kicks.
-Too long sex scene
-Nite Owl & Silk Spectre seem to allow Rorschach to go to the Big Figure with a smile on their faces. In the comic they don't even know Big Figure's in the toilet
-They never showed you where Laurie got the gun in the end
-Laurie's scene in Mars didn't convince me

Anyway, maybe there's some more stuff but I can't think of it right now. I'm definitely watching it again and think that JEH should get an oscar for his performance, as well.
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12:26PM on 03/06/2009
Saw it

Loved it

going back for more!
Saw it

Loved it

going back for more!
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12:02PM on 03/06/2009

6.5/10 for me

I saw it last night at midnight. I didn't like the aging make up. I didn't like the fact they made stupid typical jokes like the flamethrower going off in Archie. I also hated how in the movie they could fight through a million enemies and go untouched. Malin sucked in Watchmen too she gave such a stiff performance and the soundtrack is just what really killed it for me at times. If the whole film was Rorschach though I'd definitely give it a 10/10 JEH nailed it and I think if anyone deserves
I saw it last night at midnight. I didn't like the aging make up. I didn't like the fact they made stupid typical jokes like the flamethrower going off in Archie. I also hated how in the movie they could fight through a million enemies and go untouched. Malin sucked in Watchmen too she gave such a stiff performance and the soundtrack is just what really killed it for me at times. If the whole film was Rorschach though I'd definitely give it a 10/10 JEH nailed it and I think if anyone deserves an Oscar nom in any movie I've seen in the last 4-5months it's him. He WAS Rorschach.
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11:40AM on 03/06/2009
Did anyone's else theater stand up and applause when Rorschach said "...I'm not in here with you, You're all in here with me" ??
Did anyone's else theater stand up and applause when Rorschach said "...I'm not in here with you, You're all in here with me" ??
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11:14AM on 03/06/2009

i like this

you should make articles like this more.
you should make articles like this more.
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11:14AM on 03/06/2009
I thought it was pretty sweet. I have not read the graphic novel, but all of my friends have, and they said it's amazing, and the trailers were enticing enough for me to want to see it. The pace was pretty good, even though they probably could have cut out half and hour for bits here and there, it didn't seem to drag at all. The special effects were crazy, and some of the cinematography was gorgeous. But too much blue dick.

My rating: 7/10
I thought it was pretty sweet. I have not read the graphic novel, but all of my friends have, and they said it's amazing, and the trailers were enticing enough for me to want to see it. The pace was pretty good, even though they probably could have cut out half and hour for bits here and there, it didn't seem to drag at all. The special effects were crazy, and some of the cinematography was gorgeous. But too much blue dick.

My rating: 7/10
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11:08AM on 03/06/2009
So I've finally seen this movie. Did I like it? Yes! From everything I saw, they remained pretty faithful to the Book and did their best to carry over the same themes and thoughts into a 2:36 film. The pace of the story is pretty good, I never once got bored while watching it. Some may be put off by the amount of violence and gore in the movie, but it didn't faze me too much, with the exception of a scene or 2. Out of all the actors, Jackie Earle Haley and Patrick Wilson were my favorites. And
So I've finally seen this movie. Did I like it? Yes! From everything I saw, they remained pretty faithful to the Book and did their best to carry over the same themes and thoughts into a 2:36 film. The pace of the story is pretty good, I never once got bored while watching it. Some may be put off by the amount of violence and gore in the movie, but it didn't faze me too much, with the exception of a scene or 2. Out of all the actors, Jackie Earle Haley and Patrick Wilson were my favorites. And Jeffrey Dean Morgan was great and is bound to shock people is his portrayal as The Comedian. With that said, this film needs to be watched more than once to truly get a great understanding of it because there's so much information thrown out you, visually and verbally. It's not a flawless movie by any means, but Snyder & Co. do so much right that I can live with the flaws of the movie.

8.5/10

P.S. This thing needs to be seen more than once. Based on what I saw and what I've heard...You'll benefit yourself GREATLY seeing it twice. I'll be doing it myself soon enough.
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11:08AM on 03/06/2009
I LOVED THIS MOVIE! Snyder has truly pulled it out. Watchmen is a beautiful and visceral film! I just loved it! I wanna see it again immediately.
I LOVED THIS MOVIE! Snyder has truly pulled it out. Watchmen is a beautiful and visceral film! I just loved it! I wanna see it again immediately.
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10:42AM on 03/06/2009
I'm gonna wait for about 2 weeks or something until I see it... Since I love movies and don't want the experience to be ruined by the stupid masses sitting with me in the theatre (Here in Germany fortunately after 1 or 2 weeks almost noone watches movies in the original language anymore).
I'm gonna wait for about 2 weeks or something until I see it... Since I love movies and don't want the experience to be ruined by the stupid masses sitting with me in the theatre (Here in Germany fortunately after 1 or 2 weeks almost noone watches movies in the original language anymore).
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10:42AM on 03/06/2009
I saw Watchmen last night at one of the midnight showings and I must say it was a damn good flick, that in my opinion really stayed true to the graphic novel that we all know and love. Now I will admit as I'm sure you have all heard there are areas that were added and some scenes extended to accomodate more action and what not. Honestly though, still, I believe that Synder has lived up to what he said he would do by staying true to all of us fanboys and the graphic novel to the extent that he
I saw Watchmen last night at one of the midnight showings and I must say it was a damn good flick, that in my opinion really stayed true to the graphic novel that we all know and love. Now I will admit as I'm sure you have all heard there are areas that were added and some scenes extended to accomodate more action and what not. Honestly though, still, I believe that Synder has lived up to what he said he would do by staying true to all of us fanboys and the graphic novel to the extent that he could. There also were a few areas that did drag but only briefly, but there also where the entire audience was laughing outloud. With an almos 3 hour run time, it does not feel like 3 hours at all. I recommend seeing it, the one thing that we all need to remember is that we actually get to see Watchmen on the big screen finally and unfortunatly to get the movie we deserve we have to give a little because Hollywood isn't just making this for us, it's also making it for the people that have no idea what the Watchmen are. Is this fanboy satistfied? Absolutley

9/10 stars
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