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12/02/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The titles of the night.

'What happened to us?' a startled and confused Nite Owl II asks as he stands in the middle of the aftermath of the carnage that used to line the street. 'What happened to the American dream?'
Blake only chuckles, his mocking smile peering out from under his mask. 'The American dream? It came true! You're looking at it.'

Not all are admirers of Zack Snyder's work, but the ones that are rave about his supposed flawless visual style and method of storytelling in his visceral comic book film adaptations, which stay extremely close to the source material. And it seems I am having a good week, as I for the second time appreciate a film more after a second viewing.

What makes Watchmen fascinating is its devotion to the world it creates. It is directed (as I mentioned before) flawlessly by...

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11/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Pales Badly t

This is a review written within the larger perspective of the mythos of the Watchmen universe. On the surface, Watchmen is a visually-arresting, thrilling, and strikingly unique super hero film. Until you read the graphic novel source material and realize how vacantly short the film adaptation falls in terms of tone and theme. Watchmen nails a lot of the visuals and Zack Snyder has a kinetic way of choreographing action powerfully. (Though a lot of the film's best stills are ripped directly from the plates of the graphic novel; so a lot of the credit for the film's visuals is due to Alan Moore.) In content, however, the film struggles and doesn't quite know how to portray the novel's complicated and crucial themes of corruption, redemption, and postmodern responsibility in a decaying ...

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01/17/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Watchmen" by Yojimbo

Based on the Alan Moore graphic novel, Watchmen is set in an alternate reality where costumed "heroes" were created as state-sanctioned vigilantes to fight the mob and who helped the US win the Vietnam war and get tricky Dicky elected for 5 successive terms as president. Another superhero movie with a difference it sticks firmly to the moral grey areas, showing these "heroes" as human and fallible; who is the more heroic, a violent sociopath obsessed with punishment through vengeance or an emotionally detached self-appointed guardian willing to sacrifice millions of lives for "the greater good"...? The core of the film is provided by charismatic anti-hero Rorschach's Noir style investigation into the murder of fascistic black ops hero The Comedian, set to the backdrop of a skewed history ...

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11/05/2011 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

Watchmen movie review


I give the theatrical version of Watchman 3 and a half stars. The directors cut evens out the pace, makes key dialog changes, and adds some well needed scenes. My review is of the directors cut, this one gets 4 stars.

Let me start off this review by giving major props to director Zack Snyder for bringing Watchmen to the big screen. Everyone thought that Alan Moore's graphic novel could not be made into a movie, it was deemed unfilmable. When I heard Zack Snyder was going to direct Watchmen, I didn't think he would do a good job. I didn't like his most popular movie for one. That being 300. It was good to look at and it had it's moments. But overall it didn't work that well. Directors Terry Gilliam, Paul Greengrass , and Darren Aronofsky were going to direct this movie ...

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08/02/2011 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Watchmen review

I have a decent collection of Batman, Green Lantern, and Justice League graphic novels because of the art, writing and stories. Not reading the films graphic novel, I am not aware of what to expect. The Comedian was murdered so Rorschach investigates the crime. Silk Spectre and Nite Owl (much similar to Batman’s story with regards to the costume/gadgets/vehicle) help Rorschach in solving the mystery. The cerebral Ozymandias tries to help humanity by scheming up a project that would “keep the world united.” The judicious Dr. Manhattan also plays a role with Earth’s status once the real plans of Ozymandias have been unveiled.

I was surprised how the actor playing Rorschach was effective. He became an amazing fighter who had a distinctive voice. The rest of the artists were respect...

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08/12/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Watchmen" review

I finally watched this movie last night and I must say that I was really impressed. My favourite character in the movie is Rorsach (some people have propably said it before). He's thoughts in his diary is just an extra + to the movie.
In some way it feels like the movie loose some things right before the ending. The whole "Mars thing" could have been something better.
But still, I liked this movie a lot. The actors are great and so is the plot. The soundtrack works perfect with the movie and the intro with beautiful pictures and the song "The Times they're Changin" is one of the best movieintros i've seen.
Some things in this movie let me down and some things was very good and as well as "Watchmen" is beautiful to see it's unusual in a good kind of way.

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05/24/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

This city is afraid of me. I've seen its true face

Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel has long been deemed unfilmable. Usually touted as the greatest comic book ever and even popping up on any number of greatest literary works of the 20th century, the movie adaptation of Watchmen was sure to come under a lot of scrutiny.
Director Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead, 300) generally makes a good fist of it. Word of warning though, if you haven't read the book, the film pretty much fails to take this into account and prefers to preach to the converted.
What you get for your money is a faithful and visually striking film which is violent, complex and undisputedly entertaining.
Watchmen is a superhero film strictly for adults, philosophical, symbolic, dark and twisted definitely but it is also widely ambitious and an incredibly brave effort which...

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12/07/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Tonight, A Comedian Died In New York"

Now, I'm a huge fan of comics. I've loved them since I was a kid. And even though I will ALWAYS be a Marvel guy (I love Spiderman, Daredevil, Blade, and the Punisher, and much more), DC is also a great company that has come out with some great characters, especially Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Nightwing (I;m not big on Superman). One of my favourite comics DC came out with was a popular miniseries from the 1980s called THE WATCHMEN, which was later combined into a graphic novel. It was praised for its gritty and dark atmosphere, its ruthless and badass characters, and its mature content, which was rare for a comic series in the 80s. Obviousely, when I heard that Zack Snyder, the guy behind the awesome 300 and the very awesome DAWN OF THE DEAD remake, was helming a film adaptation of...

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10/12/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Graphic Novel/Graphic Movie=Masterpiece

Watchmen surpasses entertainment. It is a punchy, gutsy piece that's not afraid of being horrible,or of being gaudily superhero-y at times. It is a plethora of stories all perfectly entwined together with slick confidence. It's well acted, beautifully shot and actually feels like it's from a comic book - something Marvel should be taking note of. No blustering around trying to make twenty year old comics more hip - Watchmen manages to be just as powerful as when the comic was released whilst still very much of a 1980's setting. This could not be more perfectly realised than by President Nixon, here with a comic rubber nose that wouldn't be seen dead in Frost/Nixon, but here fits in with lycra suits and night goggles perfectly. The superheroes themselves are all the favourite hero clichés;...

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08/04/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

I'm Watching the Watchmen

What a brilliant endeavor, Zack Snyder. "Watchmen" is by far one of my favorite graphic novels of all time, next to "From Hell" by the same author, and I was slightly skeptical when entering the theatre at our employee showing this night. However, Snyder, you are by far the best adapter that I've seen in a long time.
With the present success of "300," [also very faithful to the graphic novel] Zack Snyder brings us into a very different world, full of anti-heroes and anti-villains. A murder mystery that turns into an action/adventure that turns even deeper into a character study.
By far, one of the best films of the year that better be up for at least Best Supporting Actor by Jackie Earle Haley [who was totally dissed for his performance in "Little Children"] as the demonized Rorsc...

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