Thursday, May 30, 2013

Watchmen (2009)

[a unique superhero movie]

Watchmen (2009)
IMDB- 7.6
RottenTomatoes- 64%
RJG Ratings- 90

Rorschach,a vigilante ,starts an investigation after the death of a fellow vigilante.

Starring- Malin Akerman,Billy Crudup,Matthew Goode,Jackie Earle,Jeffrey Dean,Patrick Wilson
Director- Zack Snyder

The cast werent too well known actors back in 2009.But yet they give a good performance.Jackie Earle as Rorschach was my favorite.Patrick Wilson (Nite Owl2)& Jeffrey (Comedian) were great too.The best thing about Watchmen is that its a tale of 6 heroes ,and all of them have got a considerable amount of screentime and importance.This is mostly due to the excellent adaptation and good casting.

The story for Watchmen is a direct adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel.Watchmen has been considered for years as one of the greatest comic/graphic novel.It was widely considered to unfilmable till Snyder's attempt.The main issue here is the powerful story structure of the comic ,which is hard to limit in the time scope of a standard movie length.Plus the symbolism in the comic was a hard to follow.
Yet even with such challenges ,the movie is one heck of an adaptation.The story is just as dark as the comics and just as intense.It paints a picture of the bleary world the story of Watchmen is set in (alternative 1980's).Its a complex story but its well adapted.

In my opinion ,Watchmen is Zack Snyder's Best Work as of (May 2013).His level of commitment and faithful nature to the original comics is noteworthy.He does his best to mold the movie into the likes of the "unfilmable comic".The end result might not stand upto the comic book ,but we are talking about one of the greatest comic books of all time.
As a movie ,Watchmen is an extremely unique take on superheroes.Its a multiple genre movie ,and its pacing is even.It doesnt rush off but instead takes its time to build up the various plotlines of each character.Its not a normal superhero movie where you expect huge action sequences to pop up every now and then.On the surface its a detective movie ,but as i previously said its a multi layered movie.

The visual effects have been used moderately.Like Zack's previous attempt ,300 ,Watchmen's beauty is tripled with his choice of visual effects.Although Zack has done his best to make Watchmen a movie for all ,most casual viewers wont be satisfied.

Overall ,Watchmen isnt a popcorn flick.Its more of a study on the minds of vigilantes and 'cause and effect' of various actions.

Acting- 4/5
Story- 4.5/5
Direction- 4.5/5
Action- 4.5/5
Drama- 5/5
Suspense- 4/5
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