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Film Review: “Watchmen”

(Warner Brothers. 2 hours, 43 minutes. Rated R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language. Directed by Zack Snyder.) Malin Akerman (Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre), Billy Crudup (Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman), Matthew Goode (Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias), Jackie Earle Haley (Walter Kovacs/Rorschach), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Edward Blake/The Comedian), Patrick Wilson (Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II). Music by Tyler Bates.

I’m trying to remain as objective as possible, but I am a big fan of the book, so be ye warned. After the death of a masked hero, the remaining members of the superhero team The Watchmen set out to find the killer, only to discover a plot much larger than they could have imagined. Based on Alan Moore’s groundbreaking graphic novel, The Watchmen is an action-packed and visually stunning film. Snyder does a great job of capturing the look and feel of the comic, and the characters are nicely realized, both in looks and demeanor. While much has been removed or condensed, the remaining elements remain very faithful to the letter, if not the spirit, of the original. The ending, though deviating somewhat from the book, achieves the same effect and provides a fairly logical conclusion, given the circumstances. The film clocks in at just under 3 hours, but the pacing is quick and keeps the film from sagging. As expected of Snyder, the action sequences are tight and brutal, and at times beautifully fluid, though some scenes are unnecessarily gory. The laws of physics don’t seem to apply, which, in a world containing a super-intelligent, glowing blue man, seems oddly natural. Bates’s score is varied and thrilling, and is supported by some interesting period music from Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and others. A well-executed adaptation of a hallowed graphic novel.

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