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fonz's avatar


(Review for Director's Cut): I can't help but think that this was the best possible adaptation of an "unfilmable" work. It looks and sounds great especially since actual panels from the book were used for the storyboards. But gone is the subtext and the deconstruction of the superhero genre replaced with an "R" superhero movie. Perhaps in ten years (maybe as little as five) this movie will finally get the appreciation it deserves once audiences finally reach their breaking point with the current wave of cape and mask films.

This was released in a year when Marvel didn't have anything in theaters(!) and was still a few years away from assembling their cinematic universe, so the mainstream audience ignorance was understandable. If this movie came out today (or maybe next summer right after/before Marvel's Civil War), I feel that this would be the superhero movie to end the current onslaught on the movie theaters.
3 years 5 months ago
Unit 731's avatar

Unit 731

One of the finest superhero movies ever made. In fact, probably the only one that actually made me think and felt something else than pure entertainment. It just simply isn't your typical CGI-fest with Hugh Jackman flexing his muscles. In that sense, I can understand the criticism from some truly obnoxious people.

And I have to applaud the fact that the movie tries to turn the tired superhero movie conventions around and do something different.
4 years 11 months ago
The_Charly's avatar


A superhero movie without a big and hollywood final battle.
A great point of view, I loved it.
5 years 9 months ago
Keatsian's avatar


I think he did accomplish something.
He took a graphic novel that was impossible to turn into a movie , and he did it
9 years ago
Kamrado's avatar


Snyder tried to stick to the original novel so hard he really failed on this object. But still the best Moore's interpretation yet.
And my god Manhattan is so cool here! Best CG character IMO. BLUECOCKLULZ
9 years ago
Siskoid's avatar


Zack Snyder is very good at image-making, but he wastes his talents on copying others'. That was the case with 300, and it's the case with Watchmen, a film I find entirely redundant, especially since the original comic was so cinematic. Some say making Watchmen was somehow a bold enterprise because the story is so rich and visually complex, that it's "unfilmable", but that's ridiculous. Dave Gibbons provided a damn BLUEPRINT on how to make the story. Where Snyder was free to add and adapt was in what comics can't give us, and that's where I think he most dismally fails as a director. Motion: Filling panel gutters with cheesy slow motion and gory action doesn't do much for me, but he's bad at hiding the true villain's identity in the very first scene, which is inexcusable. Sound: Full control of what the comic would sound like and he gives us cinema's most trite and obvious soundtrack (I couldn't help but roll my eyes at how intrusive and on-the-nose his song choices were, just awful), Ozymandias' pronounced lisp (Doc Manhattan's timid voice took some time to process as well, but could at least be motivated by his being an atomic age Christ figure), and some frankly silly sound effects at times. Where Synder changed the original story, I don't think he did it any favors. The new ending is more compact and efficient, certainly, but it's a lot more boring too. Now, it's not a complete wash. The Rorschach stuff works quite well, his brand of brutality well suited to the medium. In the Ultimate Cut, I though the integration of the Black Freighter animation created an interesting counterpoint to the story, a sort of descent into madness. The richness of the original visuals is achieved satisfactorily, though it's not quite as successful as the original. But yeah, I'd have been more interested in a slow-burn trilogy that added material over a couple decades and made the betrayals more shocking, than the slavish and unnecessary emulation we got.
3 years 5 months ago
Atrocity91's avatar


It's okay, but quite disappointing compared to the graphic novel.
8 years 10 months ago
blahshaw's avatar


Not perfect. Not always faithful to the comic. But entertaining and good. Worth rewatching. If you loved the comic do yourself a favor and see the director's cut.
7 years 3 months ago
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Jace Lightner

4 years ago
danisanna's avatar


Visually stunning, interesting characters (based on movie alone, have not read graphic novel) but at time it felt like the movie wasn't cohesive and it was a bit all over the place. Anti-climatic ending and a bit too long. Not bad, but not terribly good either.
4 years 2 months ago
unitard's avatar


Very faithful adaptation in a way, and casting was almost spot on to the comic books, but then what mr Snyder added or changed makes it another dumb hollywood action. Action, explosions, slow motion scenes, powerful music, and ruining secret identities by hinting or telling too early.
5 years 4 months ago
Jok3r's avatar


[8/10] Probably, this would be Zack Snyder's only film worth watching. A near perfect adaptation of the source material, Watchmen plunges the super-hero genre into a whole new level of intense seriousness.

Even though the movie is less morally ambiguous than its graphic novel counter part, it more than makes up for it by having a better version of the climax than the source material itself. [8/10]
6 years 1 month ago
rayan3000's avatar


Viewer must be willing to pay attention, not all the information is given to the audience. If you're willing to look past Dr. M's glowing penis and focus on the plot, you will enjoy this movie. If not, at least you saw Malin Akerman's boobies :D
6 years 6 months ago
violetion's avatar


It was okay. Some of the dialogue was really awful and cringe-worthy, and it fell into the whole "let's explain what's happening as opposed to showing it" thing way too often. The opening credits were absolutely brilliant, however. Also wonderfully shot. It wasn't as good as it could have been, and it could have been about 40 minutes shorter, but it wasn't the worst movie ever.
7 years 6 months ago
6yPaTuHo's avatar


Perfect comic book adaptation. Simply amazing
7 years 6 months ago

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