In an alternate 1985 at the height of the Cold War, a group of retired superheroes begin to investigate the murder of one of their own, leading them to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy. Based on the popular comic book series of the same name.
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Summed up - there was a lot of potential squandered, something we can all expect from Synder. Some good performances, wonderful effects, beautiful set pieces, interesting (adapted) stories... but it all amounts to nothing. Admittedly, enjoyed the director's a lot more than the theatrical.
Zach Snyder's WATCHMEN movie is a pretty remarkable achievement; substantially faithful to the acclaimed comics series, while trimming and paring the story down to fit into a two and three quarter hour movie. The distinct visual style of the comic book is effectively substituted with a distinct and highly stylized cinematic style.
After a few viewings and after a few year
To actually make a movie that works and is pretty darn good out of Moore´s holy grail is quite a feat. I religiously read the novel about once a year and was more than sceptical of this movie when I heard about it. However, I must say that both casting and direction is pretty spot on and aesthetically the movie does the novel proud. My only gripe is that the score is not that great tbh.
I will stan for this movie forever. Granted, most of its successes are Moore's, but Snyder gave us what is probably the best of all possible Watchmen films (seriously, research some of the alternate versions--terrifying!), and for that, I'll always sort of owe him one.
I'm not as spellbound several viewings later as I initially was but Watchmen is still impressive. I almost like this ending better than the giant squid version from the comics. Its damn faithful to the original book and despite the 3 hour running time of the director's cut it didn't have me looking at my watch much. Unfortunately the shitty cover of "Desolation Row" at the end didn't help.
I find it humorous how many people didn't like this movie because it followed the comic too closely. Any director who carries around the source material on set like a bible gets my respect and is clearly someone who respects the source they are adapting. The movie itself though I thought was fantastic, nicely paced (even the director's cut) and goes by in a flash. Kudos for putting Dylan and Hendrix in as well