This is my first ever blog post, but I saw Watchmen at a sneak preview and I felt compelled to right this.
Now, before I start, I must say that I have never been a comic book/graphic novel geek, but I have read a few in the past, the most notable of which is the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman. I had never read or even heard of Watchmen until it was announced that the movie was being made and I ended up reading the Wikipedia article. Like everyone else thats familiar with the novel, I became fascinated by the story, but not fascinated enough to go out and get the actual novel.
When the chance to go to the sneak preview came up, I thought I should get the novel, so that I’m more familiar with the subject matter. I started reading and right away I was drawn in. I didn’t finish the novel before the preview and that sort of worked to my advantage. I went in to the movie not expecting anything, but hoping it would be good and that I would like it.
Many people have seen the first 45 mins. of the movie and thats about as far as I got in the novel. The movie is shot almost panel for panel from the graphic novel and it is AWESOME! What I found was that I kept comparing the movie to graphic novel and that sort of kept me out of the movie. I wasn’t able to fully immerse myself in the entire experience. Once I got to the point where I had not read, I was finally able to appreciate the movie for what it was. There are no real break out performances by the actors, but they all did a good job. Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian was perfectly cast and he delivered the best performance of the cast. I won’t get into the details of the movie, but fans and non-fans alike should like and appreciate the movie.
What made the novel so great, was the character development. You were able to truly understand the characters and get a lot of back story with the excerpts from the various books and reports that are included in the novel and that is what’s lacking here. With a running time of 2 hrs and 41 mins, the movie is long, but it doesn’t drag, it holds your attention for the entire time and even without the back-story, you are able to get a sense of the characters and their motivations. There are scenes in the movie that are different from the novel, but they work really well. Some scenes are changed, I think, in the interest of time and also because some of the scenes have been done before in various movies and TV show. One of the biggest changes is the ending, which a lot of people complained about, but in my opinion, it works and actually makes more sense, considering the story-line.
To conclude, the movie is faithful to the novel, with good cinematography and a great soundtrack. The movie is violent, shocking, funny and overall very entertaining. It doesn’t give you anything new. If you’re expecting the movie to have the same cultural impact as the novel, you’ll probably be disappointed, but as far as comic book/graphic novel film adaptations this is definitely in my top 10.
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