Watchmen has been hailed by many as the greatest graphic novel and according to The Times, is one of the top 100 novels of all time. With such legacy, the expectations were also very high.

Before I get into the review, there are a couple of things that have to be cleared out. This is NOT a superhero movie. It’s more of a murder mystery with men in masks in the background. There is violence and gore and blood all across the movie. Also, I am not a Fan Boy and have not read the graphic novel and had no idea about the story.

Masked vigilantes have been outlawed in the United States. Its the time of Cold War and a Nuclear War is imminent. In middle of all this a erstwhile superhero Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is brutally killed and thrown from the top of his building. Rorschach is a crime fighter who doesn’t care about what the government has to say and is still on a mission to clean the streets of NY of its scum. Rorschach thinks that there is more to the Comedian’s murder and sets out to find the secret behind his mysterious death.

Then we are taken on a ride where Rorschach, Night Owl, Silk Specter and the rest of the Watchmen gang try to uncover the truth. They are also trying to save the world from a Nuclear Holocaust that according to “doomsday clock” is only 5 minutes away. In the end what they discover has them thinking about right and wrong.

The movie’s pluses are definitely the story (and Zack Snyder is true to the comic book), breathtaking cinematography and a brilliant accompanying soundtrack. The film opens with Bob Dylan’s  “The Times They Are A Changin” and that was enough to bring a smile to my face and set me up for the  ride. Also do look out for The Comedian. His character is so unbelievably screwed up that you might find yourself wondering if he knows something about humanity that the rest of us do not or will never know. You can’t take your eyes off the screen every time he’s on it.

On the flip side, the movie is extremely long. It could have done with some editing which might have made it more appealing to a wider audience. So, if you are a fan of comic books in general and also share the view that Alan Moore is God, Go Watch-it-men!

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1 Comment

  1. ash

    April 2, 2009 at 11:07 am

    This is a well written article. I would have not thought of watching this flick – but now I might 🙂

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