Thoughts about the Watchmen movie

watchmenI enjoyed “Watchmen” and had a fun opening night experience with my wife, my friends, and the crowd. I give the movie a good solid “B” grade. I wish I had seen it in IMAX (I have severe IMAX-envy).

I was not surprised, but still found the “Co-Created by Dave Gibbons” caption on the screen to be rather ridiculous. I plan to spend a few days spelunking on-line to read both Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ comments about the movie and Moore’s decision to distance himself from the resulting film.

I loved the Bob Dylan ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ sequence.

My favorite facet of the movie was, by far, Jackie Earle Haley. Haley was absolutely fantastic as Rorschach and he was even more stellar when the mask came off and he portrayed Rorschach’s “real” identity, Walter Kovacs. I don’t know that I’ve seen Haley in anything since the “Bad News Bears” movies and “Breaking Away” in the 1970s. He was brilliant. I have not seen Haley’s Oscar Nominated performance in “Little Children” – but after seeing him in “Watchmen” I will definitely be renting it soon.

Patrick Wilson was well cast as Night Owl II/Dan Dreiberg. Matthew Goode as Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt did absolutely nothing for me. It was nice to see Matt Frewer again.

The gratuitous violence was exquisitely and wonderfully rendered – Certainly earning the movie a well-deserved R rating for violence. In my opinion, the recent “The Dark Knight” should have also received an R rating for violence, and “Watchmen” certainly raised the ante. Director Zack Snyder’s preceding “300” movie was a palette of violence and mayhem, here in “Watchmen” Snyder did a very good job of using over-the-top violence for actual story narrative.

I really love a lot of the songs in the movie, but most felt a bit too much/out of place. Also – how many times in my life will I have to hear ‘All Along the Watchtower’ while also seeing helicopters? STOP already!

The makeup to make people look old was poorly done and rather distracting.

The only thing more embarrassing than male audience members in the theater making comments EVERY time Dr. Manhattan’s penis appeared on-screen was Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ and the accompanying “sex scene”

The movie dragged quite often and had too many epilogues.

Where was the squid?!

I enjoyed “Watchmen” and will certainly watch it again with the DVD release – the movie has plenty of meat to chew over a second time.



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