I was up late Wednesday night cleaning and sorting the junk mail, so I watched Zack Snyder’s Watchmen film from 2009. Before it came out, I’ll admit that, judging from the trailers, it looked amazing. I’ve never read, nor was I familiar with, Alan Moore’s Watchmen comic book series. Still, if the film is executed well, the audience should get the gist regardless. The only Zack Snyder that I’ve seen beforehand was 300, which was more about the visual vs the story or being grounded in reality.
I won’t go to detailed into the plot. Basically, the Watchmen were a group of superheroes who have since now retired. One of the superheroes is murdered, and the rest try to find out who may be trying to kill them off. It takes place primarily in an alternate 1985, but there are flashbacks to events in the early 20th century when certain key backstory events occurred. It’s an overly long movie, clocking in at 2 hours and 45 mins. I do feel that it was a little bloated, and could have been a little compressed. I believe the general was, “What does it mean to be a superhero, to have super powers?” They aren’t perfect people, so what is their responsibility? What do people expect from them?
My favorite was Rorschach, but it was enjoyable to watch the ass-kickin’ scenes. If the movie wasn’t so overly long, I think I would have enjoyed it better. It’s still interesting to watch, so I’d recommend it.