After the spectacular 300 (based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller), Zack Snyder returns to the screen with this intense comic hero caper- Watchmen.

Set in the 80s at the height of the USA-USSR cold war and threat of nuclear war, Watchmen is the tale of superheroes who are caught in the conflict of human nature.

The movie commences with the murder of an ex-super hero and then goes on to beautifully take you through time and story of a group of superheroes and how a legal act enacted by Ronald Regan forces superheros to retire or remove their masks or work for the government.

The murdered ex-superhero called the Comedian/Edward Blake (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) belonged to a group of superheros referred to as the minutemen and included the Silk Spectre/Sally Juper (Garla Cugino) , Rorschach/Walter Kovasc(Jackie Earle Haley) and Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt(Mathew Goode). Now the remaining members and offspring Nite Owl II/Dan Dreiberg(Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre II/Sally Jupiter (Malin Akerman), Rorschach, Veidt and a scientist Dr Manhattan/Joe OSterman (Billy Crudup) are left to find out who is killing them and why. They also are faced with the fact escalating  threat of nuclear war. While each of them has a personal tale with all the facets of human nature involved, will they be able to find the mastermind who is bent of destruction, will they be able to save earth from destruction and save mankind ?

This is a very different comic hero story. Do not expect the normal comic hero capers. This movie is a complete alternative take on superheros. Based on a 12 part series,Watchmen takes you through the personal journey of some of its superheros, while keeping you on track of the main storyline. The movie is dark and intense with some excellent soundtrack pieces. Sadly I lost out on a lot of the intent of this mvoie for I went in expecting a normal exciting superhero flick or maybe I felt it so for I hadn't read the comic series before. I thought the movie to be painfully slow but in the 2nd half when I got a hang of the direction of the story I realized this film was no normal superhero flick. It looked at the larger picture of human nature and also looked at the global conflict which continues to this day in different forms and makes us ask the question- what is the price we are willing to pay for what we want ?

Visually stunning, the movie has no performance to complain about and yes it is rated for Adults only due to some sexual scenes. the movie is meant for mature audiences and keeping this in mind, the tale seems to be treated well. The superheros and the tale are handled with a maturity that is only used for stories meant for an adult audience and not for school going fascinated with comics crowd. In the end I regret going to this movie without reading up on it at all, for I feel I lost out on the essence. All in all, quite a watchable movie if you are interested in understanding the 'logic' behind the entire superhero saga.

Is it worth watching ? I think so although it is slow paced with a lot of dialogue. You decide !


Sohna,  May 9, 2009 at 3:25 PM  

Didn't like this as much as I thought I would...

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