‘Watchmen’: A brief word

Review: B

There’s not much to be said about Zack Snyder’s Watchmen that has not already been discussed, analyzed, and ranted about in detail already in the blog-o-sphere. This discussion should be expected for anything that came with as much anticipation as this adaptation from the Alan Moore graphic novel. From the many reviews I have read, it seems that the nay-sayers are louder than the supporters (despite the deceiving 60% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes).

The thing that you have to keep in mind with this movie, and the reason that I don’t dislike it, is that Zack Snyder did not make this film as an accessible film for audiences everywhere. He made it specifically for the small, but dedicated crowd that loves the source material. The movie plays out like a two and a half hour long ode to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. There are lines lifted right out of Alan Moore’s text and camera angles that perfectly re-create Gibbons’ illustrations, which creates constant moments of instant recognition in fans.

You have to be part of the “in-crowd” to really appreciate what Zack Snyder did with the film. Sure, the music was cheesy, some of the dialogue may not have been the best, Malin Ackerman couldn’t act, and Matthew Goode was horribly miscast. However, most of those discrepancies are forgivable in order to achieve the bigger picture.

Watchmen is far from a masterpiece, but in terms of comic book movies it is one of the better ones we’ve seen. Those of you who are fans of the graphic novel and appreciated the movie for its accuracy need to join together and silence those that claim the film being too close to the graphic novel was a bad thing.

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