Review: Watchmen. Seen on March 6th

Watchmen (Zack Snyder, 2009), “visionary” (giggle) director brings the famous graphic “novel” (giggle) Watchmen to life into one messy, long, at times even slightly pretentious piece of film. I’ll admit to have been avoiding this review for the last days, but it’s probably because I feel everything that needed to be criticized about this film has already been said. Having never read the “novel” (gigglex2) I doubt I was expecting much, but at the same time the common complain (or warning) from fans of the comic book is that the film might turn out to be too “confusing” for those unfamiliar with the material. But believe me, confusion was easily one of the lesser sentiments I got from watching the film. The premise of superheroes working their way through history was interesting enough for me to keep me interested for the first act or so, and to give Snyder some credit, each character’s arc didn’t seem too cut or rushed into the film. Where some of the problems of the film lie is in the way the plot keeps evolving – each twist, or new incidence that happens throughout the film seems to be more muddled and flat out unconvincing than the one before, the action sequences lack drama or any thrill sense to them (the slow mo trick getting more tiresome by the second), thus making the final result completely unenjoyable, and when the film takes the luxury of lasting over almost here hours, you know you got yourself a problem. Most of the performances do work: Jeffrey Dean Morgan is appropriately brutal as The Comedian, Jackie Earle Haley obviously tries, and most of the time he’s the most interesting thing to watch, Carla Gugino is fun as the first Silk Spectre, and Billy Crudup is properly one note as Dr. Manhattan. On the other hand, Patrick Wilson just continues to bore, Matthew Goode seems miscast, and the girl playing Silk Spectre II, thoroughly unconvincing and completely avoiding the few opportunities to do a fun job, should be a candidate for a Razzie. So overall, an ambitious flick lacking a lot in the writing, entertaining and pacing departments, with its few shiny spots here and there.


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