I was convinced that Watchmen is the best superhero movie ever.
And then I watched the movie.
Where do I start? One of, if not THE best comic book in history, turned into complete garbage by director Zack Snyder. Yes, Zack Snyder is the problem. His style is so thick and so strong, there is nothing else in his movies that you can concentrate on except his style. Even if you find the bullet-time nonsense to be cool, why not go watch The Matrix or 300 again (and I don’t even like 300 that much).
In this very gritty and realistic superhero movie, all the excessive slo-mo effects are very hard to swallow. The weird thing is that unlike in 300, the fighting here doesn’t even feel real. When someone gets punched and flies backward, the wire-work is so obvious, and there isn’t any weight in anything. The movie gets extremely graphic at times, and it comes off as plain childishness and overindulgence.
Jackie Earle Haley is awesome as the justice seeking Rorschach, Malin Akerman kicks butt in her sexy skin-tight outfit, and the CGI used to create Dr. Manhattan looks amazing! But in the end, does the movie convey any of the thought-provoking messages that was found in the comic book? Not at all. Even though the panels of the comic book are translated to screen with almost 100% accuracy, it’s all empty underneath.
It’s a huge pity that after so many years of trying to get a Watchmen movie off the ground, the final product is utterly meaningless. Doesn’t matter which version you are watching – Theatrical Cut, Director’s Cut, Ultimate Cut, I-am-directing-the-next-Superman-movie cut, Watchmen is a waste of everyone’s time.