Cast: Carla Gugino, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman
Director: Zack Snyder
Running Time: 158 minutes
I’ve never read the graphic novels so this review is based on that fact. I know a lot of people who have read them and are big fans felt that this Watchmen film didn’t do justice to the novels.
As a non-reader, I found this film quite enjoyable for the most part and loved the style of the film.
I was a big fan of ‘300’ which is also directed by Zack Snyder and from the trailers thought this film was going to be full of action and loads of fights, but that wasn’t to be the case.
There are fights in the film and they are really cool, but I didn’t find the lack of action to be a hindrance of the film but gave it a new direction in the way Superhero films are on the big screen.
The storyline is about how the Watchmen have been outlawed by President Nixon in 1985 America, and they’re starting to be killed off, with America on the verge of nuclear war with Russia, the Watchmen finally have had enough of being in hiding, and try and solve who is behind the murders.
I loved the fact that they’re not really ‘Superhuman’, but more badass Heroes who are strong and would beat you up and down the street all day long. There’s real grit to this film that I found very appealing.
The film swaps between past and present which helps you to understand the nature of the characters and where they’ve been, what they’ve done and why things are the way they are. There’s nothing in Watchmen that really goes over the top (apart from a few ‘smoochy’ scenes) which I think helps in creating a liking for the characters. Even when finding out about ‘The Comedians’ background, you can’t help but have a small liking for the guy, who’s a ‘bad’ hero.
Out of all the Watchmen, I liked Rorschach’s character the best. Mostly because he had the best lines, best fights and he never faltered in the way he saw things. He seemed to be the truest hero of the bunch and probably the toughest.
I also liked the fact that these weren’t your normal sugar-coated topping superheroes like how Superman won’t kill people. The Watchmen will kill you if necessary and won’t think twice in doing so. Rorschach’s prison break is one of the best scenes, if not the best, of the film.
Even the ending had a valid reasoning in some weird twisted sense and I like these kinds of endings as it’s not always about the bad guy losing and the good guy getting the girl.
Don’t want to go into much more detail as I’m going to let slip some of what happens at the end.
The effects used in the film, I thought were very impressive, though there were parts where Dr Manhattan looked less convincing. These were only minor things that I thought to myself and as I saw, most of the film does look visually stunning and I can’t wait to see Watchmen on Blu-Ray.
Every performance was strong and I never thought that any of the actors didn’t suit the role they were in and did the film justice by how they portrayed their characters.
There are some unnecessary scenes in this film, and you’ll know which when you see them, and Dr. Manhattan walking around naked all the time is a bit strange to be honest, with some very peculiar shot choices.
This is no ‘Dark Knight’ but it’s a completely different style of film and feels like a breath of fresh air in the Superhero genre.
3 out of 5
Danny ‘Ender’ Martin has been part of the Zath team from pretty much the very beginning since he met Zath himself at Leeds Met University whilst studying Business IT. He’s an avid gamer and a big film buff. Danny graduated from the University of Bradford with a degree in Computer Animation and SFX and now currently works at one of the biggest UK games developers, which will hopefully see some of his ideas hit the gaming world.