Watchmen (2009)

Today I went and saw Watchmen at the cinema. This was nothing like anything I had expected.

I recommend to read this post on Fantasy & Sci Fi Lovin’ Blog, which expresses why the graphic novels of Watchmen make it stand out from others. How so? A quote from the blog I found interesting:

“The fact is that only a comic book can ask the questions we’ve always wanted to ask regarding our superheroes. We don’t have a Superman in our real lives so we don’t question the plausibility of the a costumed hero running around solving crime. Well, us geeks do ponder that question, but average folks probably don’t. “Watchmen” does ask the questions though. Moore and Gibbons look at the costumed heroes of the novel and ask out-loud what propels a man (or woman) to don a costume and attempt to fight crime. Are they truly driven to do the right thing or are they simply bullies who couldn’t pass the psych test to become police officers? And if so, why would they be tolerated by civilized society? How long could we tolerate them before we questioned their motives? And even supposing they had the best of intentions, what checks are there to make sure they don’t cross certain moral boundaries?” Posted by : SQT on Sunday, March 01, 2009, “Why you should read “Watchmen” before seeing the movie”, Fantasy & Sci Fi Lovin’ Blog.

First of all the opening credits really said it all: this was going to be a beauty. Though besides that, it was the gorey-est, bloody, bone breaking though flesh squeamish and intestines flying about movie since long I’ve seen.

I didn’t understand why some people in the audience thought it appropriate to come watch this movie with their kids. (Hey, ok, there are masked hero’s in it, but hell this is no Spiderman nor Fantastic Four movie! God damn, do some research before you take your kids to a movie!) Very irresponsible in my mind. Especially the gore scenes and the part with the hacking into the man (a killer) with a butcher’s axe… I mean, even I looked away at that part, and I’m no kid anymore. Young children should not in any way see this movie, in my mind.

Such a dark movie. Ok, based on a graphic novel, but man!

Set in 1985, dawn of the Cold War. Nixon as president and things are pretty gloom. Suddenly, the Comedian, a former Watchman, gets killed. Watchmen had been active since the forties – rather like a kind of vigilante, persons without superpowers – though maybe only Dr. Manhattan. This sets things in motion when Rorschach decides to find out why one of them gets killed, doing so in detective style narrating through a journal…

Check out spoilers at wiki or the official website. Don’t ruin the surprise of watching it, go without spoilers (unless you plan on taking your youngsters of course!).

Music: not something I would ever think to find in a graphic novel adaptation:

  • Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
  • The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkle
  • Me & Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin
  • You’re my Thrill by Billie Holliday
  • All along the watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
  • Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner – from the Nibelungen (ok this is a classic and if you do not know this one, then you have never seen the Bugs Bunny episode with Bugs as Brunhilde chasing Elmer Fudd as Sigfried!)

I must admit, the only known actors to me in this movie were Carla Gugino and Billy Crudup.

Here is a trailer, but I feel it does give the wrong impression of the movie. It is so much more than this…

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