My observations on Watchmen (the movie)

You know, for what it’s worth.

  • It’s one of those movies where if I hadn’t seen it, I’d have wondered if it was any good. Now I know.
  • I was constantly comparing it to the comic in my head, and therefore didn’t get as far into the movie as perhaps I could have. I had the same problem the first time I saw Lord of the Rings. However, unlike Lord of the Rings, I don’t think I will be seeing this movie again.
  • The dramatic engine sputtered out somewhere around two thirds of the movie, and it became empty spectacle. I no longer cared about character or plot.
  • The opening credits explaining the history of the superheroes was cool. The over-use of topical music was not. At times, I felt like I was watching Forrest Gump.
  • I had trouble buying the central plot element in the book, but Moore had more than enough time to sell it to me. In the movie? Not a chance. Even though I can see the clues, I just don’t buy it.
  • The movie both pleases and screws the fans of the comic. It replicated iconic scenes and iconic lines, but they just don’t work. Rorschach’s “You quit”, early on, just fell flat for me. Same with a lot of Comedian lines.
  • The violence was needlessly increased and glorified, but hey, at least we see some cock in a Hollywood movie. But I guess U.S. audiences couldn’t deal with an uncircumcised Doctor Manhattan.
  • The entire element of questioning superheroes is gone. To add insult to injury, the glorification of violence makes a mockery of that whole aspect of the comic. And that’s what made Watchmen so revolutionary compared to other superhero comics at the time: it had human, fallible superheroes, in a real world that didn’t really need them.
  • In general, it had the problems of a very long story condensed to three hours. (Bonus meta-joke: Doc Manhattan screaming “Leave me alone!”, immediately followed by a 15 minute intermission.)

Having said all that: It’s about as good as I expected it could be.

Now I can read what Harvey thinks of it.