Sunday, March 15, 2009

Who Watches the Watchmen?

I do! That's right. Yours truly went to see Watchmen on Friday night. Let me just say, holy frakking crap! That was frakking awesome! This movie feels like you are watching a comic book, which was what they were going for. And it was graphic! Possibly the most graphic violence that I've ever seen. Of course, that's part of why it was so awesome! I will admit that it actually surprised me just how graphic it was when the first violent scene finished. I think it was key to the overall look of the movie though. Oh, and the nudity. To all you uber geeks out there, yes, you get to see Silk Spectre II naked. Very much so in fact. Picture some Friday night Cinemax soft core porn. Yeah, that's pretty much it. I would spoil it, but they had a unique way of making it not completely cheesy. :-) Needless to say, this is not a kids movie. I'd probably caution against even early to mid teens.

Now there is one thing that I could have done with a little less of. If you seen the movie, yes, I'm talking about the ridiculous amount of Dr. Manhattan blue CGI penis. I mean, the nudity doesn't really bother me, but the guy hardly wore cloths for the entire movie, and I swear they didn't miss a chance to display that not quite right penis front and center. I wouldn't say that it really hurt the movie at all, it was just a bit odd.

Probably the coolest thing was how ever now and then, they would throw in a slow-mo scene that would make everything look straight from a comic book panel. I mean, picture the scenes in The Matrix where they did the whole slow-mo thing. Then imagine it being twice as cool. Yeah, that's it.

Overall, I was impressed with how deep/layered this movie was. From what I saw, there were a number of side story lines that they could have explored. At 2 hours and 45 minutes long, I can see why they didn't. I was a little worried at the beginning. It does start a little slowly, but it just continues to build all they way to the end. My favorite character? Rorschach of course. Despite the brutal violence, I couldn't help but laugh every time someone made a smart remark, and he'd crush them in some completely unexpected way. Greatest sociopathic dude ever! My ruling? Go see it! Go see it now!

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