So I went and sat down to watch ‘The Watchmen’

Second in line is the great movie THE WATCHMEN. THE WATCHMEN is a movie based on a twelve-issue comic book series created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins. It has been published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987, but I never knew this or heard a thing about it, so when I went to watch THE WATCHMEN, I went in unprepared and unbiased…

The Watchmen Movie Poster

The movie takes place somewhere during the cold war. We get to know some of the characters one of them being Dr. Manhattan. Dr. Manhattan is the only real superhero with superpowers in the movie. He can teleport, create objects, duplicate himself, is telepathic and has telekinetic powers and I am quite sure I am missing lots of other things he can do as well. All the other characters like Nite Owl, The Comedian, Silk Spectre, Rorschach and Ozymandias are not real superheroes. Yes they can kick butt, but they can be best compared to Batman. Some of them have gadgets, others have great weapons and some of them can just kick arse.

The reason why they took a superhero identity was to fight crime. How often have you not watched television and saw a murderer sentenced some psychic treatment and then released back in society. Or a pedophile only getting a sentence of cleaning the curbs. Does that not piss you off? A group of people agreed on this and created their own club to fight crime, only this time the evildoers would not get far. This is actually the essence of THE WATCHMEN and it took me some time to figure this out, since I was expecting something more in the lines of the X-Men. Nonetheless after understanding this, the story itself is awsome yet quite simple.

Before the Watchmen there were the Minutemen

Someone is killing the group members one by one and the only question now is “who?”. All the heroes have retired because their “vigilantic” behavior was frowned upon and a law was passed so it was now forbidden. Only Dr. Manhattan still uses his power to aid the US Government in their fight during the cold war.

I have been told that the story of THE WATCMEN is complex, but they have made it a lot easier and cut out subplots and other details just for the movie. According to sneaky they have managed to stick true to the story, but removed quite a lot. As expected you are watching a dumbed down version of the comic book series, but I did not miss anything. I was able to follow the story and enjoyed all the different characters. The movie is quite long – 162 minutes, the directors cut will be 186 minutes – but it is being told quite fluently. The narrator throughout most of the movie is Rorschach who is investigating the murder of The Comedian. He eventually contacts the other heroes of the group and warns them that they are next. Eventually the group finds out that one of them is actually the one responsible for the killing only to find out it is too late. Dr. Manhattan steps in and all comes to an end.

The Nite Owl and the hot Silk Spectre

I specifically did not say whether it is a good or bad end, because opinions on this topic are divided. I quite enjoyed it and loved the little details this movie had. When this gets released on DVD it will be an instant buy and I am quite sure I will watch the movie several times, just to make sure to get every detail hidden in the beautiful scenes it has. So in the end I will be watching THE WATCHMEN quite often…

1 Comment

  1. Leslie Volmink · March 18, 2010

    great post thanks for the info

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