Dave Duncan

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The Watchmen: A Review

Before I saw The Watchmen, I had been told that reading the graphic novel before seeing the movie would probably help tie some things together, but it was far from necessary.  Well, having seen the movie and not read the book, I don’t feel I missed anything.  It was a very tight story that, despite being a bit slow at times, explained itself quite well.

I should probably explain that I’m not a “comic book guy” and knew very little about The Watchmen aside from rumours about a movie version and knowing it was about superheroes.  Not being one of the fanboys took nothing away from my enjoyment of this film.  I can say that if you don’t enjoy weird elements in a character-driven story, this might not be the film for you.

Basically, it’s a whodunnit that explores some of the darker parts of our humanity while showing how redemptive we can be at the same time.  Yin and yang, etc.

I recommend seeing it, but at over three hours, be sure to lay off fluids for a few hours before.  Also, there’s some CGI full-frontal male nudity.  And by some, I mean quite a lot.


2 Comments so far

  1. tyrone March 11th, 2009 11:30 am

    Of course, when you haven’t read the novel, then you don’t really know what you are missing then! 😉 For example, there’s the comic-within-a-comic, called “The Black Freighter,” sold and red by the guys at the newspaper stand that embrace at the end, lots of extended “Readings” of both “Behind the Hood” (the weird klans/noose guy’s book) and the New Frontiersman, etc etc… I could really go on and on and on. Watchmen, the book, remains untainted by the movie, which thankfully is a pretty faithful adaptation of “the plot” (except for the ending), and is pretty much a cole’s notes version of the book.

  2. SSS March 11th, 2009 2:40 pm

    Yeah. Tyrone is right. You can’t possible know whether or not reading the book would have improved your experience. Glad to see you enjoyed it, but after reading the book you will be even more impressed with the attention to detail.

    Personal favourite details would be the sign for Mason’s garage, the Pyramid Deliveries truck, the embrace of the newsstand guy and the comic reader, the Gunga diner and the TV monitor with the reactor labeled “S.Q.U.I.D.”

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