Somehow I managed to talk Amu into trotting down to the theater to see Watchmen on Friday. I’m very glad she did. I won’t talk too much about specifics because I think this is a movie it’s very important to see for yourself to determine if you like it or not. Seeing as how reviews are literally across the board, you honestly do have to see it for yourself to make a judgement.
If you’re not familiar with the source material, know that you are taking a risk. This isn’t Iron Man, and it isn’t Spiderman. This isn’t even Dark Knight. Do not watch this movie expecting more traditional comic movie fare. You’re setting yourself up for quite the rude awakening.
If you ARE familiar with the source material, know that you are taking a risk. You may be someone who’s personally invested in the original comic’s story. Most of it’s intact, but you may find yourself making unfair comparisons. Just remember that you’re watching a movie and not reading a graphic novel and you should be fine.
I read the graphic novel twice, the most recent time probably close to 10 years ago. I purposely did not read it again prior to seeing the movie because I didn’t want my brain bogged down looking for inconsistencies between the two. I know people who did that, and they admitted they had to see it a second time to enjoy it because their first viewing was spent not watching the movie to enjoy it, but instead analyzing the movie for how it differed from the comic. You’re only sabotaging your own experience if you do this.
I had a great time, and will be seeing again for the hundreds of tiny little details I may have missed the first time around. Amu loved it too, and admitted that there wasn’t a main character she DIDN’T like. She really liked Rorschach, and even The Comedian by the end of it all. It’s no small feat to make someone unfamiliar with these psychologically twisted characters really empathize with them by the end of the movie.
In my opinion this was the absolute BEST Watchmen movie that could be made for this time. Another 20 years or so and we may get a different kind of movie altogether. And truthfully, I’ll be right in front of the line to see THAT version too.