Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 64% (Critics) / 68% (Audience)
Directed By: Zack Snyder
Written By: David Hayter & Alex Tse
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Carla Gugino
Studio: Warner Brothers
Synopsis: The murder of a former teammate brings members of a disbanded super-hero team out of retirement to solve a mystery that effects not only the masked community but everyone in the world in this adaptation of the venerated Alan Moore graphic novel directed by 300 director Zack Snyder.
Where to start? My being in comic book geek nirvana at being able to see this story on a big screen was almost enough to make me love this film sight unseen but after seeing it I have to admit that I loved it to pieces. First of all it was a beautiful film and director Zack Snyder outdid himself with so many awesome images that just slap you in the face with geeky goodness that I can hardly pick just one to single out but I will anyway…the opening credits were brilliant. They crammed in so much info (namely the entire saga of the Minutemen super team) from Alan Moore’s graphic novel into such a short span of time that it was insane.
And a special shout out has to go to Jackie Earl Haley who embodied every nutjob inch of Rorschach as if he was born to play this role. He is the MVP of this flick.
Matthew Goode was a bad casting choice for the role of Ozymandias and his lack of gravitas really stood out during a very crucial portion of the movie. I also missed seeing more of the lives of some of the “regular” people in the WATCHMEN universe but I understand that some stuff had to be scrapped due to time constraints.
There sure was an awful lot of blue penis in this movie.
While not perfect this film did wonders taking its incredibly dense source material and fitting it into a 3 hour movie. WATCHMEN is a well-acted, well-directed and visually appealing movie that deserves a second chance for people to realize just how good it truly is. B+