Epic Win: Watchmen
As much as I enjoy watching, talking and writing about comic book movies, I’ve made an effort of late to avoid the topic here on eol. For no other reason than because everyone seems to be talking about them these days and I don’t want to be yet another voice that adds to the unbearable din, that eventually puts people off the awesome work that’s being done lately (in bringing these graphic novel movies to the big screen)… You know, like when you hear a song too many times and to goes from being great, to grating.
That said, I really want to make a quick post about WATCHMEN, and urge anyone wavering to check it out.
I’ll be honest, Zack Snyder hasn’t impressed me that much. Yeah, I know you 300 fanboys are booing and hissing at the moment, but.. (I’m making that gesture where you twirl your finger in the air, as though to say “whoopty fucking doo”)… However, his work on Watchmen has gained him a gold star! The film is gritty — almost reminiscent of a classic Gene Hackman espionage thriller — and, despite dealing with some extremely over the top characters, it manages to keep relatively grounded. The result is that when you see something spectacular happen it stands in stark contrast to the earthy nature of the rest of the film. Of course, the effect is diminished as the film progresses. I mean, there’s only so many times you can see a floating, glowing, blue, naked dude move stuff with his mind before even the most hard earned realism is a memory. But that’s were the story telling shines.
The script for this film jumps around in time, it tells you bits and pieces. It reveals origins before you meet some characters, and after you meet others. It’s classic noir at points and hard core action at others and all the way great performances, from everyone, keep you right where you should be… on the edge of your seat. At the end of it all you’re left wondering if heroes are really heroes, who did the right thing… who really won, greater good, yada yada
Anyway, I don’t want to babble on for too long… and I don’t want to give the impression that this is a perfect movie either, there are a few pacing issues, which result in a few (tiny really) flat points. One or two of the CGI effects are a little… erm.. off? (No, I’m not talking about Dr Manhattan’s glowing blue todger). But any faults are completely forgivable and utterly outweighed by the fantastic story telling, great action, great characters and stunning cinematography… Oh, and not to forget the bitchin soundtrack.