MovieHook Rating... C
After I saw Watchmen, I was a bit surprised how I felt after I left the theatre. I wanted to know if others felt the same as I did after watching the movie. Watchmen had been advertised more than any movie I can recall in recent memory. It is based on the beloved graphic novel by Alan Moore. It has a cult like following of people looking to see a movie that lives up to the hype. Well as you can see from my rating above, this movie did not live up to the hype for me at least. This is not the first lackluster comic adaption has hit the sliver screen. Others film such as Marvel's Daredevil, and DC's Superman Returns follow suit. But this movie will most likely only get one shot, and never again get a reboot. Fans should be angry, and speak out about their frustration.
Watchmen is set in alternate 1985, but flashes between many different time periods throughout the film. It follows a two generation tradition of masked heroes in New York City, along with a ridiculous looking Richard Nixon who is currently serving his fifth term as president. Except in today's society masked heroes are not accepted anymore. The first scene shows a retired hero named The Comedian being thrown out the window in his apartment. This is followed by the introduction of a man in a dark clothes, with a mask covering his face named Rorschach. He begins to investigate the death of The Comedian, and finds the former heroes that once worked with The Comedian and himself.
The film now turns to the perspective of the formerly known Night Owl, Silk Spectre II, and Ozymandias. Who are currently dealing with life after fighting crime. Rorschach asks for their help finding out who killed The Comedian because he believes someone may be trying to kill of costumed heroes. But the arc of this movie is Dr. Manhattan formerly known as Jon Osterman. He was involved in an accident years before, and is now basically invincible. He wears no clothes most of the time, and is completely blue. He can teleport, move things without touching them, and his penis flops around freely during many scenes in the film. Dr. Manhattan is trusted by many in the U.S, he is believed to be the defense system for the threat of nuclear weapons from the russians. If you are wondering how this is possible then know that, he is the reason the U.S won the vietnam war, and he can teleport to mars. Dr. Manhattan is hardly worried about the russians because the media is now saying anyone he gets close to gets cancer, and his relationship with the Silk Spectre II is on the currently on the rocks and getting worse.
So much goes on in this movie that runs a trek of two hours and forty-five minutes. But the question is, should this movie be that long, and the answer is no. Some of the best movies of all time are three hours, but most can hardly pay attention for three hours even for movies of great caliber. This raises another question is Watchmen one of the greatest of all times, F*** NO. It is rated in the top 250 of all time on the Internet Movie Database. Which means that people who rate on IMDB should no longer have an credibility in judging movies.
Watchmen has a cast of no A-list stars which is one thing I do like about it, and don't get me wrong it has the potential of a good movie. But the problem is the beginning of the movie is weird, along with an hour of boring voice overs, but the end is was nice, I suppose. I will give the producers credit though, they really know how to develop characters. They pretty much just made an entire movie about costumed characters, but forgot until the last 10 minutes of the movie that plot development is also needed. But lets look at the bright side, the credits rolled, and i am out of the theatre. But the screen writer Alex Hayter has the audacity to tell everyone to go see the movie again. Even if I liked the movie I most likely wouldn't watch a movie almost 3 hours long again. If you want people to watch your movie twice, maybe you should use your brain and cut an hour of the shit off of it.