In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.
Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction.
In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot. Written by
-The image of a peace protester placing a flower in a gun barrel mirrors the famous "Flower Power" photo taken by Bernie Boston in 1967. The scene itself also suggests a later event: the shooting of protesting students by National Guard soldiers at Kent State University in Ohio in 1970.
Watchmen turned out to be an engrossing film, one definitely worth
seeing. I have to say, I wasn't enthusiastic about watching it at
first. It's based on the great graphic novel by Alan Moore. It's widely
considered to be the best graphic novel ever. Films adapted form great
literary works usually don't turn out well. The film also didn't have a
big budget. More money was thrown at making Iron Man (2008) and The
Dark Knight (2008), for example. This doesn't matter though because
Watchmen surpasses all comic book films in terms of professionalism.
Zack Snyder is a good action director. Just watch 300 (2007) for proof.
With Watchmen he demonstrated that he is just a good director overall.
He works well with actors. The acting in the film is almost universally
excellent. Everyone gets to shine. Even Malin Akerman had her moments.
Not one character feels like a throwaway. All this is further
complimented by the good choices in costumes. No one can deny that the
heroes in Watchmen look cool. The CGI is excellent too. Be it Doctor
Manhattan or Nite Owl's airship, everything looks just right. Snyder
staged some truly impressive dramatic scenes. The use of music is
inspired. The score by Tyler Bates is obviously fitting, but the
choices in songs may surprise some people. I, however, think that the
songs are just right. It was good to hear Bob Dylan's "The Times They
Are a-Changing" at the beginning and Leonard Cohen's "First We Take
Manhattan" at the end. What made me like the film even more is its
cinematography by Larry Fong. The look of each decade was captured
perfectly. The 1980s are somewhat dark in the film's alternate reality
though. Nuclear war seems close, and society is sick. To all this is
added the sweet look that's also present in the graphic novel. There
are many images in Watchmen that are memorable, even unforgettable.
There are so many interesting details that I couldn't wait to watch the
film more than once to pick up what I missed on first viewing.
Thankfully, Snyder didn't change the politics and observations of the
graphic novel for the film. Some parts are missing but the endeavour is
still a thought-provoking two-and-a-half hours. Plus, it has a clear
narrative. This is a comic book film for mature audiences. It stands
above other comic book films because it's smart and because it tackles
some of the most important issues, even mankind's existence. Watchmen
was expertly made, there is a lot to like about it. I respect it and I
like it more than any other superhero motion picture. It gets a high
recommendation from me.
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