Movie Review–Watchmen

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on September 3, 2009

I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with the movie, as it came out in the theaters (as readers can tell, this is yet another one of my incredibly delayed movie/book reviews; having watched Watchmen back in March, it seems somewhat ridiculous that I am commenting on it in September, but here you go). Except for Jackie Earle Haley’s portrayal of Rorschach, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s portrayal of Edward Blake, the acting was really not that impressive. The dialogue was not delivered with as much feeling as it deserved; the comic book, of course, had superb writing and dialogue and I was very disappointed that the movie did not back it up with excellent acting and emoting. And the revisions made in the movie . . . well . . . they left a bad taste in my mouth, and for those who have both read the comic book and watched the movie, you know which revision upset me the most. I won’t discuss it in the event that other people want to watch the movie; I won’t spoil the story for them, but I have to say that when it came to the amendments made, I was not a fan.

The theater showing did not discuss the Tales of the Black Freighter or the memoirs of Hollis Mason, the first Nite Owl, which was unfortunate, but perhaps understandable; it is rather difficult to fit one or both into a movie without causing the movie to seriously run overtime. I downloaded the movie from iTunes; I will see how it treats these two side stories, but I think that one actually has to purchase the DVD in order to partake of them.

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