Watchmen

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Review

Genre:  Action, mystery, comic-book adaption

Director:  Zack Snyder

Running Time: 163 mins

Released:  6 March 2009

Plot:  After an ex-superhero is murdered, vigilante Rorschach starts an investigation to ascertain the reason behind the killing and discovers a plot all the more sinister.

I stand corrected when I said you probably won’t see anything as true to it’s source material as Punisher Warzone for a while.  Watchmen is the best comic book adaption I have ever seen it basically mirrors the graphic novel scene for scene, unlike Timur Bekmambetov’s horrendous adaption of Wanted (stop making films you fuck-head), no easy feat as the story is complex and intertwined being based on it’s 388 page counterpart which was once considered to be unfilmable.  Directed by Zack Snyder, responsible for the awesome 300 film which truly did the graphic novel justice, it came as no surprise that the Watchmen film was treated with the same amount of attention to detail that fans will really appreciate.

There were a few exclusions in the film however considering that it’s over two-and-a-half hours in length Snyder did a fantastic job.  Most notably the comic within the Watchmen comic, Tales of the Black Freighter, was excluded from the film (but will be released as an animated segment in an extended cut of the film due for release in July ’09 and as a standalone animated film in March ’09) as it would of increased the overall running time by 30 minutes and will have added an extra $20 million to the budget as Snyder had originally intended on doing Tales of the Black Freighter in the same style as the 300 film.  Many people have also criticized the film for having changed the ending, let me correct you now, the ending is EXACTLY the same as the comic, the CLIMAX was changed however the end result remains the same so stop bitching and for the people who haven’t read the graphic novel and are complaining about not understanding all the little references and quotes in the film or saying it’s difficult to follow well fuck you, ingrates.

Intense action, wonderful sets, foul language, sex, nudity as well as remaining true to it’s source material make for an amazing cinema experience.  I don’t have much else to say about the film and words don’t really explain it’s awesomeness so just go and watch it if you haven’t already.  🙂

Score 5/5

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