Movie Review – Watchmen

Posted on July 4, 2009


I watched the movie “Watchmen” last night. I had been looking forward to seeing this movie as it sounded like it was going to be right up my ally. Unfortunately, the movie is about 2 hours and 42 minutes long and it could have had about an hour taken out of it and it would have been much better.

The movie moves along VERY slowly most of the time. The audio goes from very loud to very soft quite often. The acting is pretty good for the most part, but the make up is very bad in a lot of places. The special effects are great. The story is very interesting.

I think the biggest problem with the movie besides it being so slow is that even with all the wasted time in the movie, they still leave a LOT of stuff unexplained.

It would have made a good mini-series on tv, but I have to say the movie is ok to watch if you have it on while doing something else and look up now and then to see what is going on, but I can not recommend sitting down to do nothing but watch the movie.


A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the watchmen?

The film based on the graphic novel is being directed by Zack Snyder (300) and produced by Lawrence Gordon (Die Hard), Lloyd Levin (United 93) and Deborah Snyder (300), with Herbert W. Gains serving as executive producer.

Playing the film’s core group of “masks,” the masked adventurers at the center of the story, are Malin Akerman (upcoming The Heartbreak Kid) as Laurie Juspeczyk, aka Silk Spectre; Billy Crudup (The Good Shepherd) as Jon Osterman, aka Dr. Manhattan; Matthew Goode (Match Point) as Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias; Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children) as Walter Kovacs, aka Rorschach; Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy) as Edward Blake, aka the Comedian; and Patrick Wilson (Little Children) as Dan Dreiberg, aka Nite Owl.

Watchmen was originally published by DC comics as a 12-comic book series between 1986 and 1987, before subsequently being collected into a trade paperback. It is the only graphic novel to win the prestigious Hugo Award or to be named among Time magazine’s “100 Best English Language Novels from 1923 to the Present.”

Here is the trailer for the movie: