WATCHMEN is a comic book series regarded by many fans as one of the best series ever done. Many people considered the twelve
issue series unfilmable while many fans would be offended if the movie wasn't faithful to the source material. Writer Alan
Moore disowned the film adaptation and requested his name be taken off the adaptation (one of his many crazy things he done
as he doesn't like Hollywood and think they can't do a proper version of any of his works). Director Zack Snyder (of DAWN
OF THE DEAD remake and 300) delivers a very faithful adaptation except for a few minor changes that works in the film's favor.
WATCHMEN is a film I love. It is so full of detail and manages to keep most of the plot intact (except they changed the climax
for the better) while adding more gore than was ever shown in the comic. WATCHMEN is one of the better adaptations of an Alan
Moore story (V FOR VENDETTA is another comic book turned into a great adptation while LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTALEMAN is
best left unfilmed).
WATCHMEN starts with the death of The Comedian before launching into a montage credits sequence (that captures the back
story in a great way). Then the movie builds the plot while weaving the plot with flashbacks and internal thoughts. WATCHMEN
never lets up as it never bores and every detail deserves to be seen at least twice (I want to see it again) even though it
is a 163 minutes movie.
It chronicles an alternate 1980s where the USA won Vietnam, Richard Nixon is on his fifth term as Presidant, superheroes
are outlawed, and the Cold War between the USA and USSR is on the brink fo a nuclear war. The US has a not-so secret weapon
named Dr. manhattan- a scientist who can teleport, and assemble and disasemble anything (and anayone) after being involved
in a lab accident. The problem these days is Dr. Manhattan is becoming distant to the point that his live-in girlfriend senses
the distance (she was once the hero The Silk Spectre). Meanwhile, the violent vigilante Rorschach and the semi-retired Nite
Owl begin to uncover a conspiracy that ended up getting The Comedian dead. WTACHMEN is a nihilistic R-rated superhero film
that deconsturcts the genre while touching on the post 9/11 world we live in (even though the comic book was based on the
cold War fears at the time). WATCHMEN appears to be the type of film that divides critics which means it might be seen
as a cult classic in years to come.
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