When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the outlawed but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes.
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Rotten: Zack Snyder's film version of Watchmen is a grim and grisly excursion into comic-book mythology.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, March 6, 2009
Fresh: I think Snyder and his writers channel moments of the humanity and humor that's always present in Moore's work.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Friday, March 6, 2009
Rotten: The moviemakers are too busy digitizing ice castles on Mars to bother with much in the way of meta-commentary. Or, for that matter, with personalities.
- Bob Mondello, NPR, Thursday, March 5, 2009
a marvelous spectacle of a film that was a complete joy to watch but was not without its downsides. although i love comics, i actually watched this without having read the source material, which helped in some ways but probably hurted as well. on the upside most of the cast was chosen perfectly and performed with brilliance. the effects were as good as expected and snyder did a great job directing the parts of the story that we were given. the world created for the film was impressive, sending me into an escapist mentality at the outset of the film. on the downside, despite most actors bringing a lot to the table, i felt that the entire representation of adrian played by matthew goode fell incredibly flat. goode's performance was lacking, i felt that he was a bit miscast and lacked believability, and his character was incredibly underdeveloped in the film. this was disappointing because of the major role that his character plays. essentially, we end up with a villian that seems inconsequential. also, aside from dr. manhatten, i dont think the characters were fleshed out all that well, despite the long running time of nearly 3 hours. because this was my introduction to these characters, i floated through the film unsure of anyones true motivations or connections to anything that any of them did. rorshach was great, but the other characters seemed to just exist in a series of events sort of stacked one on top of the other without really drawing me into the story as a whole. and finally, after the first two hours were incredibly impressive in the way the film was unfolding, i felt like the final 40 minutes went 80's cheeseball very quickly and never recovered. overall a very good film that i recommend, but one that thrives more on spectacle than story.
- sanjurosamurai, Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Zach Synder's "Watchman" is undoubtedly a unique, dark, emotional and powerful experience. It may be grounded in science-fiction and the main characters are superheroes, but the emotions cannot be more human. Visually dazzling images and cinematography, nihilism and existentialism abound make for a mentally engaging experience.
- stevenecarrier, Friday, August 13, 2010