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Movie Review - The Watchmen (2009)

Updated on October 8, 2009

Watching the Watchmen

DC Comics strikes again. If you are looking for Superman or Batman flavored movies, this isn't it.

The first important thing you need is a working familiarity with the comic book universe of the Watchmen. Unfortunately I wasn't so blessed. So with that being said, I came into the movie a little ignorant. I did enjoy it, however.

It is a rather dark movie set in a dark alternate reality. The fact that Nixon in a third term is deeply disturbing on many levels. For the most part the attempt to make the actors look like historical figures was poorly done. Even on a 26" television, Nixon obviously had a fake nose. He was a cartoon character. The same with Henry Kissinger and other historical figures.

Original Blue Man Crew
Original Blue Man Crew
Costumed attraction.
Costumed attraction.

 The special effects were lovely, but over shadowed the rather weak story. Dr. Manhattan was gorgeously rendered but was rather two dimensional in personality. He reminded me of the Silver Surfer as presented in Fantastic Four. Phenomenal Cosmic power and the personality of a bar of soap. He comes across as outside humanity. It makes one wonder what he was like before he was changed.

The rest of the characters were rather predictable. The heroes were ordinary people with a few toys, a bunch of guns and the love of beating the crap out of any random stuntman who showed up. The women beating I thought was a bit over the top and did little for the plot other than to add another depressing dimension t an already depressing world. The reason these people became 'heroes' is still questionable and unclear. The Comedian for example doesn't even come across as a sympathetic anti-hero. Rorshak was in desperate need of therapy.

Slimming costume.
Slimming costume.

 Personally I would like Nite Owls costume. It had incredible slimming properties. The actor was slightly overweight and soft looking, but the when he worn the costume his hunk factor rose rather unrealistically. Either that or he gave up breathing to be a hero.

On a scale of five stars, I would give this a two. It's watchable but unless you're a fan of the comics and a diehard Watchmanphile it might be a moral imperative to own.

Would I rent it again? Yes. Would I recommend it? Already did to Diehard Comic Fan friends.

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      7 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      I thought it was interesting how oddly the hero's fit together. Dr Manhatten, the only one with real powers, was similar to silver surfer while owl man and the comedian{Who wasn't at all funny}, seemed like Batman knockoffs and Roshack was the Shadow.

      My son pointed out that there was only one villain in the whole movie. And he was a washed up old guy with diabeties. I did enjoy the movie though.

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      Madalain Ackley 

      9 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      After watching it, I researched the book. I thought it was a fascinating concept. After watching the movie (more than one) I resesarched the series. :D

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      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I highly recommend that you read this, Gemsong. It's actually hailed by Time magazine as one of the best books (not comic book) in the last 100 years. Writer Alan Moore wrote it to silence naysayers who told him that comic books would never gain the respect of literary critics. He achieved his goal. He also wrote "V for Vendetta."

      Thanks for writing this, Gemsong! I like your opinion.

    • Gemsong profile imageAUTHOR

      Madalain Ackley 

      9 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      Thank you for the compliment. Especially since this is my first review.

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      Simon Cook 

      9 years ago from NJ, USA

      I think you hit the nail on the head - if you don't know the comic book then this movie is not that great - however the movie does follow the comic books very closely. I guess the problem with any movie like this is that a comic book reader gets really close to the characters and therefore can relate to the story and what happens - it's very difficult to portray this well in a movie.

      Nice hub and a very balanced opinion.


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