The Watchmen Reviews Can’t Agree20.02.09 # Review # 33 Comments
The early Watchmen movie reviews paint a confused picture.
There are several Watchmen reviews doing the rounds already and they’re extreme opposites to say the least. The Nerdworld Blog on Time Magazine’s website has this to say -
“Sitting in that screening room and watching the visual world of the Watchmen movie unfold was one of the most powerful experiences I’ve ever had. Not film experiences. Just EXPERIENCES… I don’t think I realized how close I was to the original book until I saw such a loving, detail-rich, almost obsessive recreation of that universe… It had my heart pounding and head swimming. I barely slept that night.”
An AintItCool spy adds this -
“Yes, it’s long but yes it’s extremely faithful to the graphic novel, to the point that the sex and violence is almost HARSHER than I remember it being in the comic… a huge, beautiful, angry, dirty, faithful, sigh of relief of a film. You won’t be disappointed and I will be going to see it again.”
Now to the other end of the scale, cause there’s nothing in between. Hollywood Elsewhere quotes a contact of theirs -
“…speaking as a huge admirer and devotee of the graphic novel, the Watchmen movie is a staggering failure. On the plus side…it is at times a meticulous and gorgeous recreation of Alan Moore’s original work. Unfortunately it’s an empty, inert, meandering and, yes, boring 2 hours and 45 minutes. Oh, and it’s horribly acted throughout.”
Their other early source says -
“Watchmen alternates between campy silliness and 2nd-rate comic book melodrama. At some points on the level of live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…There’s certainly no sense of tension or release in any of the action sequences. …There were certainly no cheers at the end. About 80% of the audience rushed out of the theatre the second the credits began; minimal congregating outside.”
Of course the sensible thing to say would be that the truth is somewhere in between. But what if one of these extremes is spot on?…
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