Watchmen movie review

Posted Mar 12 2009

Oakland Unity High School junior Bradley Izaguirre shares his thoughts on this long-awaited graphic novel adaptation.

After being in development for over 20 years, the Watchmen movie is finally here. The film adaptation of the most praised graphic novel of all time is supposed to be every comic book fan's dream come true, but does it live up to expectations? Watchmen is set in an alternate history from the 1940s to 1980s where costumed crime-fighters really exist but none of them, except for one, has actual super powers. As the world draws closer to doomsday the masked vigilante Rorschach investigates the murder of his former teammate Edward Blake, also known as The Comedian, and uncovers a plot by a mysterious enemy to kill off other costumed heroes. Rorschach warns his former colleagues Nite Owl II, Silk Spectre II, Ozymandias, and the godlike Doctor Manhattan before realizing that their enemy may be among them.

One of the positive things about this movie is how the director is faithful to the original graphic novel. The director Zack Snyder and his team took what’s considered a  masterpiece in comics and transformed it into a brilliant masterpiece on screen. Many key lines were lifted directly from the book and much of Dave Gibbons groundbreaking panel work was amazingly reproduced on the screen. People will appreciate the beauty of Watchmen on the big screen. The Owl Ship flying above the New York cityscape gave me goose bumps and I really liked the magnificent costumes, especially the latex update of Silk Spectre II's outfit and I loved Rorschach's ever-changing ink-blotted mask. Rorschach was the best things about the movie and the actor who played him gave me a sense that he really loved the character by the way he portrayed him.

I have to issue a warning about this film for people who want to want to take kids to see this. There are super violent fight sequences, especially the scene where a group of thugs attempt to rob two of our heroes, a really graphic attempted rape scene, gruesome torture shots, and even a lovemaking scene in the Owl Ship. The R rating in this film also gave Snyder the ability to show full frontal male nudity for Dr. Manhattan.

Some people who haven’t read the book may be confused by the movie’s plot and it’s missing some of the emotional depth of the comic, but for a 2 hour and 45 minute movie, I was entertained the whole time because of the characters and complex story. Is it the best comic book movie ever? No, but it is faithful to the original book and it was really well made. My verdict is, if you're a comic book fan, and even if you're not, you should see this movie because it's a good overall and it really is worth the price of admission. Go see the Watchmen!


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