Much to the dismay of writer Alan Moore, his graphic novels about morally depraved super heroes has been made into the film, Watchmen. The story takes place in an alternative 1985 where Richard Nixon is in his fifth term as President, America has won the war in Vietnam, and the Russians want to send nuclear weapons over to America. After years of super heroes being corrupted by their own powers, the government has made it illegal to fight crime and most are either dead, in jail, or work for the government. (Kinda sounds like a true story.) When an ex-super hero called The Comedian-Edward Blake (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is killed, one of his crime fighting friends named Rorschach -Walter Kovas (Jackie Earle Haley) thinks this may be a plot to kill all ex- crime fighters and begins an investigation. He begins warning his ex-team members like the smartest man in the world, Ozymaneias-Adrian Veidt (Matthew Goode) and the only person that has true super powers from a nuclear accident named, Dr. Manhattan-Jon Osterman (Billy Crudup) who runs around naked for the duration of the film. (Yes, sometimes blindness is a blessing.) When Rorschach goes manic – like all crime fighters do in this story – he is put in jail. He’s later broken out by two more of his ex-crime fighting friends, Silk Spectre II-Laurie Jupiter (Malin Akerman) and Nite Owl II-Dan Dreibreg (Patrick Wilson). (I think he killed more people in prison than outside.) Eventually, the villain is caught but who really knows if he is the good or bad guy? I know this film sounds ridiculous but it does have a rich, original story, colorful characters and a good study in ethics. Much of the music, dialogue and set pieces are taken directly from the book which should make Watchmen fans very excited. The obvious problem, is taking a plot that is so complex that it took 6 volumes to put it in writing, and attempting to shove it into a 2 hour and 45 minute movie. To put it bluntly, it has strokes of brilliance muddled with confusion. Once again fans will probably love this film, but it’s just too weird for the average movie goer with so much blood, gore and nudity. (I’m still trying to put out my minds eye after being told about the big blue naked guy) I’m giving this sci-fi action film a C rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.