Let me start by saying that the Watchmen was absolutely fantastic, not as amazing or indepth as the novel, but it’s pretty damn close. I have spoken to many people who saw it and had not read the novel, and I received two distinct points of view. Either they liked it because of the action, or did not like it due to its graphic nature. This is something that will be interesting to talk about in the near future, comic book movies have become so closely associated with X-Men and Spider-man that people figured that Watchmen would be another feel good movie. Sorry guys. Before I talk about what others did not like about it though, let me tell you about why I felt it was the best movie I have seen in a long long time.
First off, the casting was phenomenal. I think that directors of comic based movies have learned that comic enthusiasts appreciate more than others that the actors physically resemble their heroes. This translates into acquiring sometimes less famous actors to play the parts of lead roles. Just look at Jackie Earle Haley, he did nothing between 1993 and 2006, unless you count working as a security guard, limo driver, or pizza delivery guy. But he was the best goddamn Rorschach anyone could have hoped for! Another fine example outside of watchmen, was Patrick Stewart as Professor X, I can not think of anyone more ideal for that role. Do you have any other examples of good or bad casting for comic book movies? Leave a comment and let me know, or shoot me a message on Twitter.
On the subject of Jackie Earle Haley, his fit for the role goes beyond merely looking like Rorschach. That guy can act. He wasn’t hiding behind the mask at all. I’ve never had to beg for death, and I’m pretty sure he hasn’t either, but man could he do it, and it was probably one of the most powerful scenes in the movie. However, another reason he was good for the part was his martial arts experience. This segues nicely into the fight choreography, which was also amazing. As someone who has a fair amount of experience (in fighting, not choreography), the fight scenes were pretty outstanding. If you couldn’t tell, I have almost nothing but praise for Watchmen.
Any ciritism I do have is minor, such as, the director couldn’t seem to decide if Rorschach called his mask his face or his mask. He refers to it twice, and one he calls it his face, the other his mask. I am someone who appreciates above all other things, faithfulness to source material. I prefer the first Lord of the Rings movie to the other two because it is most faithful to the books. All in all, I would recommend Watchmen to any comic book fan, it is two hours and fourty three minutes of awesome.