Watchmen Review

So I saw Watchmen last night and overall I enjoyed it but it left too many unanswered questions for me as a newbie.  As I mentioned in my previous post and editorial cartoon, I never read the original comic so I came into it fresh.

In no particular order  here are my thoughts:

1. I was not as distracted by the blue junk as others seemed to make it out to be.  But I guess there is one advantage to being made of so much atomic heat, he never does have to worry about shrinkage.

2. The first group, the Minutemen were all ex cops.  The second group, who knows where they came from with few exceptions.  My question is that Dr Manhatten is the only one with true super hero powers.  So how does Roscharch jump 10 feet effortlessly and how do the others kick butt so well.  Sure you can say Batman didn’t have superpowers either and he could kick butt, but a little backstory would help.

3. Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach was great.  Then he removed his mask to reveal himself as Walter Kovacs.

Jackie Earle Haley as Walter Kovacs - Rorschach unmasked (image from dvd-forum.at)

Jackie Earle Haley as Walter Kovacs - Rorschach unmasked (image from dvd-forum.at)

I obviously wasn’t the only one to think the part could have easily have been played by Danny Bonaduce.  (in looks and personality)  Come on, this could have been Danny’s big comeback.

Danny Bonaduce (Image from TVguide.com)
Danny Bonaduce (Image from TVguide.com)

 TV Guide Page

4.  The movie went to great efforts to show the origins of Dr. Manhatten but left me wondering about the others.  How/Why?  Sure you can say the first X-men movie only gave a background on Magneto but there was an overriding element that they all were misfits who had different powers.  I couldn’t feel for the characters as much in Watchmen.  Because there was no backstory on how Comedian came the be the asshole he was, it was hard to feel anything when he broke down in tears or even a feel good that he died.

So those are my two cents.  Anyone with the answers, I would be happy to hear them.

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10 Responses to “Watchmen Review”

  1. It’s hard to cram a 12-issue maxi-series into a two-plus hour movie. I haven’t seen the flick yet, but I own the original series (I’ve been a comic-head since 1976). I think the movie will be okay, but a lot of purists will be up-in-arms because Watchmen is considered an untouchable classic (like Frank Miller’s “Dark Night Returns”). If you get a chance, Bearman, cop the “Watchmen” trade paperback from your local Wal-Mart and see if you like that version better.

    • I agree George but the success of X-men, Batman, and Spiderman was because they transcend just those who were the comic fans. I enjoyed Watchmen, it just left me with too many questions that I shouldn’t have to go to another source to find the answer. That being said…maybe I’ll head over to the book store in the next couple weeks and see if the answers are there.

  2. I haven’t had a chance to Google it, but does anyone know how “Watchmen” creator, Alan Moore, feels about the movie. I know he is reputed for hating any Hollywood translations of his stuff like “V for Vendetta” and “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” among many others.

  3. And, oh yeah, I concur…Danny would’a made a great Rorshach!

  4. I agree. I really could not figure out who these new heros were or why I should give a crap about them. They just seemed to whine a lot. And, oh God, the flying blue penis…will the nightmares never end?

  5. Watchmen is a visual and psychological cornucopia — definitely worth watching

  6. yourfriendandy Says:

    Hey man!

    I also liked the movie and can see your point about the super powers. Even so, it didn’t bother me as I thought the fight scenes kicked ass and it is, after all, a comic book movie.

    Thanks for checking out my blog!!

    Check out my review of ‘Watchmen’: http://yourfriendandy.wordpress.com/2009/03/06/dong-to-boob-ratio-seriously-askew-in-the-watchmen/

    -Andy

  7. The movie resonated with me much longer than at the first sitting. At some points I was bored, and walked out thinking, “liked it, but didn’t love it”. However, for days and days after, a lot of the amazing visuals kept coming to mind, so I think that speaks volumes.

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