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Watchmen
 
Year : 2009
Country : United-States


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chapter11  [ 9.0 ]    [ add to preferred ]    [ email this review to a friend ]

As a fan of the source material, i guess i'm supposed to grumble about how it doesn't live up to its lofty expectations or whatever, but the hell with it - i was wholly sucked into Zack Snyder's world of "Watchmen", and often rapt throughout the unwieldy running time, amazed and impressed by Snyder's knack for instantly iconic imagery and the sheer quality of the cast's work. Coupled with "the Dark Knight", the past year or so has been a comic fan's dream, what with filmmakers increasingly more willing to take hero stories out of the realm of the cartoonish, and imbue them with dark, heady ideas and risky performances. I was in from frame one, and if "Watchmen" suffers from a few overly stiff, out of place performances (Matthew Goode and Malin Akerman, i'm looking directly at you), they're more than made up for by Jeffrey Dean Morgan's volatile, heartbreaking turn as the Comedian, and particularly by Jackie Earle Haley's Rorschach, a singular, awe-inspiring tour de force as terrific a comic-character interpretation as Ledger's Joker. This is a terrific epic, naysayers be damned, and a superlative filmic achievement. Three cheers for hero-rags-turned-celluloid-gold not being cheesy anymore, i guess.

That is, until the next Fantastic Four flick.

suminjoo  [ 5.5 ]    [ add to preferred ]    [ email this review to a friend ]

I watched this movie despite the warnings that it was bloody and had a dark storyline. I was able to handle the dark story - although very dark, it was very well-written with lots of philisophical questions. BUT the story got lost in all the violence and blood. Seriously, some of the disgusting scenes were totally unncessary. The blood/violence overpowered the great story - what a shame.

babyduck  [ 8.5 ]    [ add to preferred ]    [ email this review to a friend ]

Overly obviously strongly gory for a comic book adaptation, but friends who have viewed the original material suggests that the tone is right inline with the book.

On the big screen it was a bit much. Good, but... a bit dark. Perhaps it'll get a Oscar for that tone since that's what the Oscars seem to be leaning towards these days.

Corto  [ 7.5 ]    [ add to preferred ]    [ email this review to a friend ]

A surprisingly good bubblegum adaptation of a great novel.

DokBrowne  [ 8.0 ]    [ add to preferred ]    [ email this review to a friend ]

Despite my objections, this is an effective adaptation...accentuating violence, confusing ulterior themes, and predominantly acting more like a literal pop-up book translation than a fellow artist's interpretation, but nonetheless successful in conveying much of the book's ideas, feelings, and visions. Some of the actors are too lightweight (well, mostly Matthew Goode, while actually Jackie Earle Haley is excellent), and it's not even slightly as dense as the source material (common book-movie complaint, I suppose, but this is an extreme case), but whatever, on its own it's a bold exercise in superhero subversion and an exciting work of pop art

jeff_v  [ 6.5 ]    [ add to preferred ]    [ email this review to a friend ]

Leaden adaption of one of the greatest comics ever made. Everthing lands with a thud, from the over-familiar music cues to Snyder's patented slathering of slow-motion onto any action scene. Even though Watchmen is a bull in a china shop, some of Moore's greatness shines through here and there, and I hope Jackie Earle Haley continues to find work.

Dancing_P   7.0  ]
youngg8578   8.0  ]
astrosheil   2.0  ]

 
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