Friday, 6 March 2009

Watchmen - Review

If I hadn't read the graphic novel I'm truly not sure how much I would have enjoyed Watchmen.  As it is I have read it and I loved the film.  The alternate version of America in the early 80's was perfectly realised.

The cast is 'big star' free and like the first Tranformers movie the film benefits from this hugely.


The 18 certificate is a huge help too.  The director, Zak Snyder, has not held back on the action sequences or allowed any watering down of the characters, The Comedian in particular could have suffered here, but hasn't.

Rorschach is possibly the best realised comic book hero brought to life on the big screen thus far.  All the actors do a fine job of bringing these bedraggled hero's to life but Stephen McHattie stands out.

The Watchmen fanboys are going to baulk at Snyder's adaption of the ending.  Initially it didn't sit well with me, but I think that by the end of the movie it makes as much sense as Alan Moore's original and certainly works better for a cinema audience.

The effort to bring Moore's world to life has been incredible and it's rare that I whisper anything to anyone during a film getting a cinema viewing.  However during one scene I was moved to turn to JMcG and say 'That's awesome direction.' 

If you haven't read the Watchmen or invested any time in comic books then I'm not sure what's here for you.  Moore's vision isn't your usual superhero comic.  It's a twist on the genre.  It asks the question, what would it really be like to be a hero?  It also asks much about the human condition and makes the reader feel a genuine emotional attachment to the characters.  Snyder replicates this brilliantly.  It will divide opinion, and no doubt Moore will hate it.  But for me this was the best superhero film yet.  Largely because it's about so much more than that.