Who Watches The Watchmen?
Who watches the watchmen? I do. Or, rather, I did. Off work tonight, I decided to take a trip down to Newport on the Levee and take in the midnight showing of the latest comic book movie. This was not a kid’s movie, but it wasn’t a kid’s comic book either.
The movie, clocking in at nearly 3 hours, did not disappoint. It was no Dark Knight, but it was quite good. The actors portrayed the characters very well. I particularly enjoyed the Comedian, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a borderline–if not full-blown–psychotic masked vigilante who loved retribution. Jackie Earle Haley did a great job with Rorschach, whose paranoia was not so far-fetched in the end. Dr. Manhattan was detached and distant in the comic, and Billy Crudup did a good job of bringing that to the screen.
There is very little to criticize as far as the acting is concerned. But no movie is perfect. Many of the scenes featuring Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II (portrayed by Patrick Wilson) and Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II (played by Malin Akerman) were very awkward and seemed unnatural. The chemistry just wasn’t there for the romance that bloomed between the two. Also, the makeup department didn’t do a spectacular job in making the original Silk Spectre or Janey Slater look older. And the prominent physical features of President Richard Nixon were a bit over-the-top (especially the nose), considering that the rest of the cast looked generally non-comical.
I intend to go back and read the comic–excuse me, the graphic novel–again to see if there was anything major I missed in my first viewing. I know there were some changes made for the big screen (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you), but I’m talking about some of the minutia that I may have overlooked. I don’t plan to take a trip to the theater to see this one again (too many good movies coming out!), but I will be purchasing the DVD when it is released later in the year.
Finally, I will leave you with one question as you decide whether you will watch this movie, and it’s a quote from another movie. Monty, in Waiting…, asked his trainee Mitch, “How do you feel about frontal male nudity?”
But wait!!! There’s more!!! While digging around the web, I found this fan-made intro to a hypothetical 1980s Saturday morning cartoon version of Watchmen! Check it out!
And then some… Haha…check out this spoof of Watchmen…hilarious!