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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Watchmen


Let me start by saying that I have not read, 'Watchmen', the graphic novel. I've picked it up in the bookshop, motivated by the fact that it has been rated as one of the All-Time 100 Novels in Time magazine. But for some reason, I just haven't felt motivated enough to buy it.

But I did buy tickets for the opening day of the movie. If there's one thing I love, it's a big, action-filled, science-fiction or fantasy movie. But to be honest, I didn't love Watchmen.

Judging by the fantastic staged cinematography, I'd guess that the film is a very accurate representation of the novel, probably right down to the frame. It has the look of devotion and attention to detail about it. Parts of the film are great, including the opening scene in the Comedian's apartment and the performances delivered by Jackie Earl Haley as Rorshach and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian. In fact, Rorshach steals the film, lighting up the screen and demanding your attention when he's present.

On the other hand, vitality is visibly sucked from the screen whenever the character of Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) is present. His pale blue glow is a cure for insomnia and not even his gi-normous blue wingwang is enough to shake off the lethargy.

So overall, fans of the novel will admire this film for its faithfulness. It is stylish in places, but far too long at approximately 2.5 hours. I left the cinema with the same feeling of confusion that I had when I saw The Spirit. It just made me wonder what the hell was going on.
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